Reinhardt College administrators are planning to add graduate programs this summer and fall at their Cherokee County and northern Fulton County sites. With a successful master of business administration in place, Reinhardt has been approved by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. This allows Reinhardt to begin planning new graduate programs; two programs in education and one in music are currently under development.
"For me, this progress is really exciting. It is another step in the continued growth and enhancement of quality of Reinhardt's educational opportunities," said Reinhardt President Dr. J. Thomas Isherwood. "These programs will feature small classes and will emphasize professional and career development. They will be consistent with our long-standing tradition of offering personalized educational experiences."
Reinhardt's Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Dr. Robert L. Driscoll said these new programs were specially selected for development at the graduate level. "These new programs have been chosen because of their outstanding reputation as quality undergraduate programs coupled with the urging of our alumni for new graduate degree opportunities, constant regional citizen inquiries, and encouragement of area school systems. The faculty and deans have enthusiastically designed these programs and are eagerly awaiting the ‘go- ahead' from the Southern Association and Professional Standards Commission. These new graduate degree programs al reflect Reinhardt's strong desire to be responsive to the undergraduate and graduate higher education needs of our region."
James L. Curry Jr., the interim dean of the college's Price School of Education, has seen an enthusiastic response to the two new early childhood education graduate programs, the Master of Arts in Teaching, MAT, and the Master of Education, M.Ed. "For years we've had requests for graduate programs in education because our reputation in the field is so strong. Both educators and non-educators alike have expressed interest in these exciting new programs," Curry said.
The MAT is for people who have a four-year degree in a program other than education and are seeking certification to teach. It includes three semesters of coursework, plus a semester of full-time student teaching, and program graduates will be certified at the master's degree level. The M.Ed. is for individuals who already have a four-year degree in early childhood education, and it includes three semesters of coursework.
Both graduate education programs will include face-to-face and/or online courses. The MAT will be offered initially at North Fulton Center in Alpharetta, Ga., while the M.Ed. will be offered at Reinhardt's main campus in Waleska. College administrators hope to launch the education programs this fall.
Dr. Dennis K. McIntire, the interim dean of the School of Communication Arts and Music, is planning to launch a Master of Music with three concentrations -- conducting, music education and piano pedagogy -- this summer.
"The program has grown out of the expressed need from music teachers and music professionals in this part of Georgia," McIntire said. "From I-20 north in Georgia, our only competition will be the University of Georgia and Georgia State University. With our outstanding facilities, summer availability, and exceptional faculty, it was a win-win for the students, the community and for Reinhardt."
Graduate students in music will attend full-time for two summers and take one evening class during fall 2009 and one during spring 2010. "These programs are designed specifically for teachers, both classroom teachers and private piano teachers, who have the time in the summer for this type curriculum," McIntire said. Excellence in advanced research and musical performance will also be hallmarks of the new music programs.
College administrators are guiding these programs through the various levels of approvals, first on campus and then with related accrediting bodies like SACS and the Professional Standards Commission. "We'll release more specifics in the months to come," Isherwood said.
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