2009-03-05 / Local & State

Wilson College Expands Graduate Degree Program

Master of Education now available for secondary teachers

Wilson College is expanding its Master of Education (M.Ed.) program to accept female and male secondary school teachers. Until now, the M.Ed. program was available to students teaching kindergarten through grade six.

The M.Ed. program is targeted toward certified elementary, and now secondary, teachers seeking a professional, advanced degree.

"Wilson College is pleased to expand its high-quality, well-regarded master's program to an additional audience of educators," said Dr. Mary Hendrickson, Wilson vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. "We welcome applications from teachers who are interested in refining their teaching methods and developing their content knowledge in order to put their talents to use as exemplar classroom teachers."

The degree expansion was approved Feb. 20 by the Wilson College Board of Trustees and comes one year after the Master of Education program was established at Wilson. It replaced a Master of Arts in Teaching first offered in 2006.

Several additional courses will be added to the curriculum to accommodate secondary school teachers, according to Dr. William Shoemaker, director of the M.Ed. program. "We are accepting applicants now for summer courses," he said.

Courses in the M.Ed. program are offered at Wilson and off-campus sites throughout the year, including both summer terms.

The master's degree complements Wilson's successful Teacher Intern Program (TIP), which helps those with bachelor's degrees in non-teaching majors become certified teachers.

For more information about the M.Ed. program, call 262-2045 or send an e-mail to mstrait@wilson.edu or wshoemaker@ wilson.edu.

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