Converse has unveiled a two-year Master of Education degree program designed specifically for certified middle level teachers who want to earn an advanced degree. The program is designed so that teachers certified in other areas can earn middle level certification in a middle level content area and their master’s degree at the same time.
According to Dr. Joe Pitts, Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Middle Level Programs at Converse, the goal of the program is for all middle level teachers in Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union and Greenville counties to have master’s degrees in middle level education. “The real benefit for the students in these counties would be to have teachers trained specifically for the ups and downs of middle level social and academic life,” said Pitts. “Courses will emphasize the characteristics of middle level-age students, appropriate instructional strategies needed to be effective at the middle level, connections between researched-based best practices, National Middle School Association performance standards, authentic assessments and South Carolina curriculum standards.”
Classes will begin in February 2009, and will feature late afternoon and evening courses to accommodate for work schedules.
For admission into the program, teachers will need to submit an official transcript from a recognized college or university and a 2.75 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Learn more about the program and application process.