UNCP Adds Four
Graduate Programs in Education
Four new master's
degree programs in education - science, social studies, art and physical
education - have been added to the School of Graduate
Studies at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
According to Dr.
William Bruce Ezell, dean of the School of Graduate Studies, the new
programs are now enrolling graduate students for the summer session
"This is an exciting
addition to our graduate program," Dr. Ezell said. "They will add depth
and dimension to our graduate programs."
UNCP already offers
graduate education programs in school administration, school counseling,
English, mathematics, reading, elementary and middle grades. Other master's
degree programs include business administration (MBA), public administration
(MPA) and service agency counseling.
"These are areas
that, heretofore the university had not had a presence," Dr. Ezell said.
"This is a logical step in our evolution toward being a Comprehensive
UNCP will be the
only university in Southeastern North Carolina to offer graduate degree
programs in art and physical education.
education and art education will have a unique status, we believe these
programs will be very popular in the region," Dr. Ezell said. "Science
and social studies are a natural fit for us because these departments
are so strong and deep already."
helps us serve Southeastern North Carolina by better preparing teachers
in the fields of art, social studies, science and physical education,"
Dr. Ezell said.
C. Meadors agreed, saying this is an important development for the university
and the region it serves.
"These are important
additions to our School of Graduate Studies and to our overall academic
offerings," Chancellor Meadors said. "Having high quality and
diverse graduate programs adds tremendously to the depth and scholarship
of a university."
"It will add to
our enrollment, of course, but it also brings the kind of students who
will raise the bar for the entire university, and as teachers, they
will raise the bar for the region's public schools," he said. "I'm very
excited about this development for the university and for the region."
Dr. Ezell said the
programs will offer flexible scheduling with evening and summer session
classes. He envisions Internet and distance learning classes as well.
"Our clientele is
usually a non-traditional student in their mid-30s and already in career
mode," he said. "These are mature individuals seeking to improve themselves."
Admission to the
UNCP School of Graduate Studies is required for all students, Dr. Ezell
said. Qualified applicants will have a strong undergraduate record,
three letters of recommendation and acceptable scores on either the
Miller Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
programs will be, Dr. Tommy Thompson in physical education, Dr. Ann
Klesener-Lopez in art, Drs. Peter Wish and Sue Bowden in science and
Dr. Kathleen Hilton in social studies.
"We are delighted
that we can meet the needs of teachers in this region," Dr. Hilton said.
"We have a highly qualified faculty in all participating disciplines
- American Indian Studies, economics, geography, history, political
science and psychology - and we have a solid undergraduate social studies
education program to build on."
Dr. Thompson sees
more than one benefit to the new master's program in physical education
"We feel it will
be a tremendous addition, not only to physical educators who want to
get advanced degrees, but it will also help our coaching staff because
they can now recruit graduate assistants for their respective sports,"
Paul Van Zandt,
chair of the Art Department, said he believes the art program will be
"For years, our
art graduates in surrounding counties have been asking for a graduate
program," he said. "This is a real positive for us, and I believe it
will give a lift to our undergraduate programs as well."
Dr. Pete Wish said
the Master's of Science Education program will be financially rewarding
for its graduates.
"First, our science
departments have a long history of turning out science teachers, and
we believe there are a lot of biology, chemistry and earth science teachers
who want to take their teaching careers to the next level," Dr. Wish
said. "Our program will have two goals for teachers -- state and national
certification. They get nice incremental salary increases for both."
For more information
on any graduate program, please call the School of
Graduate Studies at 910.521.6271.
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