Shippensburg University College of Education and Gerontology

Organization Description

Graduates enter into professional careers to immediately start transforming the lives of families, schools and communities, serving as impactful teachers, social workers, counselors, fitness industry experts, second lieutenants in the army and valuable members of the criminal justice system. Highly-credentialed faculty and staff with a commitment to diversity and inclusion are deeply engaged and invested in your success.

Centers of distinction
There are seven centers of distinction:

  • Center for Student Engagement and Academic Enrichment
  • Institute for Social Inclusion
  • Shippensburg Community Resource Coalition
  • Shippensburg University School Study Council
  • Center for Early Childhood
  • Center for Educational Leadership
  • Growing Edges Counseling Community Clinic

Shippensburg University is leading the commonwealth in terms of thinking about how we increase the professional experience of instructors and teachers who are touching our most vulnerable population, our youngest children. Signature areas of emphasis where we bring together the combined expertise of our colleagues in the fields of education, social work, counseling, and the military bear on complex societal issues that impact people at discrete levels, nationally and globally. Signature areas of emphasis include school based mental health, and poverty awareness.

Career pathways through targeted internships
We offer many internship and field experience opportunities throughout the state, from criminal justice to social work and exercise science. We also have partnerships in North Carolina and Virginia and provide guidance toward earning certifications in those states. Criminal justice students may intern in police departments and attorney’s offices to make connections and actively understand what it means to be working in the criminal justice system. Most of our programs cater to growth industries in the commonwealth and the nation. Employment data and projections for the next 5-10 years show significant growth opportunities across sectors where our graduates seek employment after school. Ship students typically enter the workforce within six months in a career of their area of study. Criminal justice graduates work for the FBI, in law enforcement and police departments. Social work graduates seamlessly move into agency or policy work. Federally, a Ship alum is lobbying and strategizing from a social work professional perspective.

On-campus lab school
Ship boasts the only on-campus university public laboratory school in the state. Serving 130 students, the Grace B. Luhrs University Elementary School (GBLUES) is the continuing expression of Shippensburg University’s commitment to quality teacher preparation since 1871. It offers you the unique chance to learn something in the classroom and immediately apply it in the real-world lab through this school. Also, it’s not just our education majors who have access to GBLUES; social work and exercise science students also work with the lab school. Counseling students in the graduate program learn as they serve as school counselors in the lab school itself.

Service learning
Leadership through service. It’s who we are. Students in teacher education take a service learning trip to Jamaica where they deliver lessons in schools and work on community projects to enhance local socio-emotional development. Ship is the first chartered state teacher’s college in Pennsylvania with a long-standing commitment to children, families and individuals. This is reflected in our degrees and major areas of study with minors, certificates and licensure at the undergraduate, graduate, post-graduate and doctoral levels. I am excited for you to join Ship’s learning environment in which faculty, administration, staff, and students work together to develop a lifetime commitment of service to others.

Mission Statement

Our college is charged with upholding a learning environment in which faculty, administration, staff and students work together to develop a lifetime commitment of service to others. Together, we define who we are and who we aspire to become as members within the College of Education and Human Services community. Our graduates are living and working in our community, state, country and around the world.


  • Our criminal justice program is the first in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education to be certified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.
  • Our graduate programs in counseling and college student personnel are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of CACREP-accredited programs are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) during the last semester of studies.
  • Programs offered in the department of social work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Teacher education, educational leadership and special education, secondary education and the graduate program in school counseling are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.