Dr. Cheryl Parks, Dean

Welcome Message From the Seidel School Dean

Welcome to the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies at Salisbury University. I extend to you our warm welcome and invitation to explore our web pages. The Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies is the first school of education in Maryland to be endowed and one of the first in the nation. We are grateful for the generosity of M. Sam and Lynn Seidel whose gift created the endowment. You can learn more about our endowment within these web pages.

Also in these web pages you will find information about our programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, information about our faculty, special programs, and reports of our students' performance on assessments in the teacher education program. You will see that we have much to be proud of in the Seidel School.

The Seidel School is composed of four departments: Education Specialties, Teacher Education, Social Work, and Health and Sport Sciences. All four departments host nationally accredited programs. Athletic Training is accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Programs (CAATE), and the Exercise Science program is is accredited by the Commission of Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). Both the Bachelor's degree and Master's degree programs in Social Work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and are approved by the Maryland State Department of Education.

The faculty and staff and students of the Seidel School are teachers, social workers or professional physical or health educators who make a difference in the lives of the people they serve. We're proud of our past and excited about our future.

Clinical preparation and practice is a trademark for all Seidel School majors. Students gain real-world experience with our partners in multiple settings that include professional development schools, social work agencies, sports medicine clinics, hospitals, fitness clubs, and universities.

Collaboration between the Seidel School programs and its partners has a long history. For the last decade the Regional Professional Development School network has provided a forum for local and regional schools collaboratively partner with education programs. Currently, over 35 schools have formal agreements with SU for training pre-professional teachers. Each year over 1000 SU education students begin their professional training in schools.

The Social Work Department has a working relationship with over 100 agencies across the state to provide year-long internships to both undergraduate and graduate students. Over 175 interns each year gain valuable experience by providing services to clients in public and private welfare, medical, corrections, mental health, addictions, public schools, aging, and youth settings. Social Work is now offered not only at SU but at satellite locations in Elkton, Wye Mills and Hagerstown.

Athletic Training and Exercise Science majors receive clinical preparations within their coursework and then in clinical internships sites across the Northeast, with many being in the local community.

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