Letter from the Dean
Laura K. Reynolds, Ph.D.
Greetings and welcome to the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health (SoEHPH) at the University of South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
As dean, I invite you to explore our website and learn more about our outstanding programs and learning opportunities. USC Upstate faculty and staff are committed to providing transformational experiences that prepare you, our students, to pursue professional excellence, impact your community and region, and participate as professionals and citizens in a diverse and rapidly changing society. We are equally committed to fostering a community of learners that actively cultivates a climate of inclusion, diversity, and understanding for faculty, staff, students, and community members.
Your time here studying with our professors will involve real work in your field with professionals and partners who will prepare you to be extraordinary. Our partnerships with school districts, local and regional agencies, and community organizations are central to our mission as a regional public university, and these close ties allow us to meet the employment needs of the upstate as well as engage in innovation.
Here at USC Upstate, training and learning are not confined to the traditional classroom. Student interaction and outreach with professionals in schools, community organizations, and facilities throughout the region help develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills that allow our students to become leaders. As USC Upstate continues to grow, our drive to provide transformational experiences results in students receiving relevant, innovative, and field-based instruction. Our partners in the region look for our graduates when they hire, because USC Upstate graduates are change agents. They are leaders.
Programs at the School of Education, Human Performance, and Health include academic offerings focused on developing professional skills that translate to improving the lives of others. Our high-touch, interdisciplinary approach focuses on developing educators who understand the importance of individual and community health, and human services professionals who are well-versed in educational systems and theories. Our graduate and post-baccalaureate programs, including a new online M.Ed. in Applied Learning and Instruction, are designed to support professionals who seek to advance their careers in education, or simply expand their expertise.
Faculty and staff are deeply committed to student success and academic excellence, and our smaller class sizes allow faculty to use the kind of high-impact teaching practices that foster learning and growth. At USC Upstate, our faculty members are with us because of their exceptional skills in the classroom and their exemplary public scholarship and community research. At SoEHPH, teacher certification programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the South Carolina Department of Education.
I invite you to learn more about our programs and faculty, get a sense of the exciting opportunities available to our students, and envision how studying at USC Upstate would prepare you for professional success. Our alumni, students, staff, and faculty are examples of deeply committed professionals making a difference in the region, state, and nation through innovative approaches in education and health. Whether you are a future student, an alum, or a community member, we encourage you to join us in this important work.
Up is where we live.