Welcome to the Department of Human Resources

The Department of Human Resources is the home of different and dynamic academic programs that share the common goal of preparing students to work with people in a variety of human services agencies and organizations.  The human service field is one of the most rapidly expanding career fields in America today.  The multidisciplinary nature of the Department of Human Resources focuses on those careers which require professional preparation and training for services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

The Department of Human Resources offers eight undergraduate program options and four graduate options to meet the diverse interest of students' pursuing a career in the helping professions.  Degree programs in the Department include Human Services Counseling with concentrations in Aging Services, Human Service Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and Services to the Deaf.  The Services to the Deaf concentration is one of only three in the nation; and also offers minor in Interpreting which qualifies the student to sit for the State level interpreters certification.

The primary objective of the Criminal Justice degree is to prepare students for beginning professional jobs in the criminal justice system. The curriculum provides a core program of basic courses applicable to all criminal justice fields with students gaining practical experience through completion of an internship or for those seeking CLEET certification, the Collegiate Officer Program.Child Abuse Prevention Month Tree

The Social Work Program is professionally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the country.  Our Social Work Program is the only accredited program in Southeast Oklahoma.

Photo:  An ECU Child Welfare class observes "Child Abuse Prevention Month" 

Social Work Program Newsletter

"The Social Buzz" - Spring 2018
"The Social Buzz" - Fall 2017


Master of Science in Human Resources

Our Master of Science in Human Resources has four options:  two 36 credit hour degree programs - the Human Resources Administration option and the Criminal Justice option, and two 60 credit hour programs - the Counselor option and the Clinical Rehabilitation & Clinical Mental Health Counseling option. Successful completion of either 60-hour program qualifies graduates to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor exam.  The Clinical Rehabilitation & Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) which qualifies the graduate to obtain the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) certification.

Also housed in the Department are the Brandon Whitten Institute for Addiction and Recovery whose mission is to foster addiction prevention efforts and assist both campus and community individuals, groups and agencies with providing quality addiction and recovery services through education, collaboration, and scholarship while promoting the vision of East Central University.

Students in the Department of Human Resources, through their choice of a major and minor, may create a degree plan which will meet employment requirements for a variety of human service careers and the specific requirements for his or her major career field. 

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Human Resources Faculty 2017-2018
Left to Right
  • First Row:   Ms. Amy Ward, Dr. Paige Williams, Ms. Jeanene Taylor, Ms. Holli Witherington, Ms. Lisa Sheffield
  • Second Row:   Dr. Michael Copeland, Dr. Janna Byrd, Dr. JIm Burke, Dr. Regina Robertson, Ms. Destany Schafer-Morgan, Ms. Shelley Bailey
  •                            Dr. Dwaine Turner, Dr. Melissa Inglis, Mr. Thom Parr