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New Masters Program Receives State DOE Approval

Classes will begin this summer.

1/17/2006 10:35:10 AM


LYNCHBURG – The Randolph-Macon Woman’s College Master’s Degree Program has received official approval from the Virginia Department of Education.

The program, which begins this summer, will allow candidates to enter programs for a Master of the Arts in Teaching or a Master of Education in two critical shortage areas: English for Second Language Learners (ESL) and Special Education-Learning Disabilities.

Approval by the Department of Education provides students with the opportunity to use the reciprocity agreement Virginia has with other states. It also gives the College the ability to apply for licensure on behalf of students, which simplifies the licensure process for students.

College officials designed the masters programs to fill the needs of local, state and national school divisions by providing highly qualified teachers in these critical shortage areas.

“The Virginia Department of Education has designated ESL and special education as critical teacher shortage areas,” said Peggy Schimmoeller, chair of the Education Department. “With accelerating retirements and the unacceptably high rate of teacher attrition, an urgent need exists to prepare excellent teachers. The primary goal of this proposed graduate program is to attract, prepare, and retain highly qualified ESL and special education teachers.

Locally, the program will allow the College to continue its strong partnerships with local schools and community agencies dedicated to the education of our community’s youth, she added.

The Master of Arts in teaching will prepare qualified ESL and special education teachers to be leaders in education. The program consists of 36 credit hours. Undergraduate students can complete initial teacher licensure and a master’s degree after a fifth year of study in a summer-fall-spring cycle.

The 36-hour Master of Education option is open to the teachers who hold a valid teaching license. This program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can expect to complete the program in a summer-fall-spring cycle. Part-time students may complete the coursework at their own pace. Courses will be taught at times compatible with teachers’ schedules. Students will receive endorsement in ESL or special education. Randolph-Macon’s high level of faculty expertise supports the emphasis on experiential learning, opportunities for research, and integration of technology required of graduate work. R-MWC, rich with international opportunities and a diverse student population, provides an environment that will blends well with these two specialty areas.

The summer session includes:

EDUC 523 – Research Methods MTW 4:30-8:00 pm: May 15 - June 7.

EDUC 513 – Characteristics of Students with Mild Disabilities MTWTh 8:00-12:00 noon: June 12 - June 29.

EDUC 515 – English Linguistics: same as EDUC 513.

EDUC 517 and 517P (4 credit hours) – Diagnosing Reading Disabilities MTWThF 8:00-12:00: July 10 - July 28.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations