Tusculum plans for first cohort in new master’s program offered in Madison County

Posted on 22 March 2013 by eestes@tusculum.edu

Tusculum College announces the offering of the Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction Degree Program to teachers in the western North Carolina region.  Enrollment in the first classes is in progress.  This program is designed for licensed teachers in K-12 education.

Through a partnership with Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Tusculum will offer courses in its Master of Arts in Education – Curriculum and Instruction program at the A-B Tech site in Madison County. The first cohort of students is projected to begin the program in June.

“We are very excited to offer the excellent teachers of this region an advanced degree program in a format conducive to the demands of practicing educators,” said Dr. Lisa Johnson, assistant vice president of academic affairs.

The graduate level program in curriculum and instruction is uniquely designed for K-12 classroom teachers. The 17-month, 33-hour graduate education curriculum features a strong focus on the effects of human physical, emotional and cognitive growth on planning and implementing developmentally sensitive educational pedagogy. Students in the program also develop advanced critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills for improving curriculum and instructional delivery in learning environments.

The program will include online and team learning components with classes meeting one night a week. The program shares the flexible scheduling that is a hallmark of the college’s programs for working adult learners. Students take one course at a time in a collaborative environment blending  academics with practical application.

Tusculum has offered the graduate program from Tennessee-based sites previously and 14 individuals from the Madison County area completed the degree program last May by taking courses on the Greeneville campus. The college was asked about offering the program in North Carolina and after research showed a need and a demand for graduate level program for educators in Madison County area, Tusculum began the process to receive the necessary approval from the State of North Carolina, which was received last fall.

For more information about the master’s program, please contact the college at 1-888-488-7285 or visit www.tusculum.edu/adult. Students may apply for the program online.

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