Specialist degree gets final approval
May 12, 2010

It’s official.

The College’s new Education Specialist degree in Curriculum and Instruction received a final sign-off from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools last week. Now all that’s left to do is finish enrolling new students into the program and begin the first classes in June.

“We are so excited about the startup of the new Education Specialist program,” said Dr. Margie Yates, chair of the Education Department. “A few seats are still available, but we are filling up quickly. With the predicted changes toward merit pay, teachers are anxious to get to the next pay step before the pay scale changes.

“And, being sensitive to the economy, the College has lowered the cost of the Ed.S., MAT and M.Ed.”

Candidates in the Ed.S. program will be expected to hold a master’s degree and a teacher certification. The program consists of 30 semester hours beyond the master’s degree and usually requires five academic semesters to complete, starting in June’s first summer term and finishing at the end of the second summer term in the following year’s July.

The LaGrange College program is unique in its focus on comparative education, which investigates how educational practice is done in different countries and other areas of the U.S., Yates said.

“The comparative education theme and emphasis on teacher leadership have attracted an outstanding group of teacher applicants,” she said.

For more information, call or e-mail Jen Knox in the Education Department at (706) 880-8276 or jknox@lagrange.edu

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