Mars Hill College is now accepting applications for its second group of graduate students, seeking a Master of Education Degree (Elementary Education). The college began offering its first graduate degree, the Master of Education (M.Ed.), in 2011. With a successful first cohort underway, it is now time to begin filling the next classes. In order to meet student demand, the classes will meet at Mars Hill College in the summer term and move to an Asheville location for spring and fall semesters.
Applications are available now for students who will begin classes in May 2012. Prospective students are recent education graduates who hold a teaching license or practicing teachers who wish to add the master’s degree to their credentials. The application can be found online at www.mhc.edu/access or by contacting the Adult and Graduate Studies office via phone at 828-689-1166.
Executive Vice President John Wells said the program continues in response to the ongoing partnership that Mars Hill College enjoys with the local public school systems in the counties around the college. “The partnership between Mars Hill College and the surrounding area is quite frankly one of the best things we do,” Wells said. “In particular, meeting the needs of our nearby public school districts and public school teachers is very important to us, and this master’s program is just another point of connection in that partnership tradition.”
Traditionally, education has been one of Mars Hill College’s most popular majors. Among traditional-age students, education majors (including elementary, middle-grades, English as a second language and special education) form the second largest major group at the college. By contrast, nearly half of Mars Hill’s adult students are pursuing education majors at some level.
The master’s program at Mars Hill has a concentration in elementary (K-6) education and consists of 36 required credit hours (12, 3-hour courses). A unique aspect of the Mars Hill master’s program is an optional seminar for those students who wish to prepare for National Board licensure. All classes for the graduate program will be offered in the evening. In the summer the classes meet two nights per week. In the fall and spring, classes meet one night per week, accented with work done online. “This is designed to be convenient for teachers in area school systems”, according to Dean of Adult and Graduate Studies Marie Nicholson. “The M.Ed. program will enable already dedicated, excellent teachers to become even more effective as they enhance their knowledge and skills,” she said.
Tuition for the master’s in education program is affordable and comparable to competitor institutions in the region with similar programs. Federal Financial aid is available.
For more information about the master’s of education program, contact Mars Hill College Adult and Graduate Studies, 828/689-1166, or email Samantha Fender at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mars Hill College is a private, liberal arts institution. Founded in 1856 by Baptist families of the region, the campus is located just 20 minutes north of Asheville in the mountains of western North Carolina.www.mhc.edu 1-866-MHC-4-YOU.