Shaw University 150
Accredited Programs

Shaw University's Signature Programs

Allied Health Professions

The Shaw University Department of Allied Health Professions is home to two accredited programs: Athletic Training and Adapted Physical Education: Kinesiotherapy.

Created in 1997, the Athletic Training program provides students with the necessary academic and clinical background that will allow them to become certified by the Board of Certification (BOC) upon graduation. The program received full accreditation in 2006 by the Commission of Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and is one of only two accredited programs housed at a historically black university in the United States. Students in the program receive practical training at clinical sites to prepare for careers in cardiac rehabilitation, health and wellness and community fitness programs. The program recently received a grant from the Ethnic and Diversity Action Committee, a subcommittee of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, to recruit and retain minority students in the field of Athletic Training.

Students in the Kinesiotherapy program learn the application of scientifically based exercise principles adapted to enhance the strength, endurance and mobility of individuals with functional limitations or those requiring extended physical conditioning. The program requires 1,000 hours of clinical observations, practicum and clinical internship and offers a fully functional athletic training room and Kinesiotherapy clinic. Currently accredited by the Commission of Accreditation and Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP), the American Kinesiotherapy Association (AKTA) and the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for Kinesiotherapy (CoA-KT), the program prepares students for graduate work in athletic training, adapted physical education, adult or corporate fitness and sports medicine.

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The Shaw University Department of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The department currently enrolls 146 students and offers bachelor degrees in birth through kindergarten, elementary education, early child development and a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in early childhood education. In addition, the department directs the Shaw University Center for Early Childhood Education, Development and Research, a five star childcare center that serves as a research and teaching facility for the department’s students. The Center recently received an “Eat Smart, Move More” grant from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to promote increased opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity among children.

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School of Divinity

The Shaw University School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and offers a Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Religious Education (MRE) degrees. Both degrees aim to prepare students for competent leadership in Christian Ministry and to serve congregational ministries and other religious institutions. Each year, students participate in the School’s annual conferences, including the Health Enhancement through Medicine and Spirituality Conference; the Annual Church Leadership Conference; the Annual Women’s Conference and the Alexander/Pegues Minister’s Conference, now in its 40th year.

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Social Work

The mission of Shaw University’s Department of Social Work is to prepare and graduate competent and principled social work majors at the generalist practice, for service, advocacy and leadership and to prepare students for successful graduate education. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and currently enrolls 260 students. Social work majors are immersed in field work to develop skills and competencies in interviewing, professional documentation and planned interventions. Following graduation, students have been hired in mental health agencies, group homes and health and human services departments.

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