New Graduate Degrees Approved

Friday, February 29, 2008

The University of West Georgia received the Board of Regents approval for two new graduate degree programs.

The BOR approved a new Master of Science in Mathematics with Options in Teaching and Applied Mathematics and the establishment of an External Specialist in Education degree with a major in media offered through multiple technologies.

The new master’s degree is a Department of Mathematics program that offers a teaching track and an applied mathematics track for graduate students. The Teaching option is designed for teachers and aspiring teachers who have an undergraduate degree in mathematics or mathematics education. The advanced degree will make them more graduate students more qualified and marketable as mathematics teachers at the high school and junior college level.

The Applied Mathematics option is designed for graduate students who seek to enhance their employment opportunities in industry, government or two-year college instruction. The track also provides experience in using research to solve real-world problems.

“One motivation for the program is to positively impact Georgia high school performance scores,” said Dr. Bruce Landman, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics. “The fundamental feature which we believe makes the teaching option of the program highly desirable is the combination of a strong education component uniquely designed to address the needs of Georgia teachers and a strong mathematics component designed to deepen understanding of mathematical concepts. Either option is ideal for students planning on entering a doctoral program.”

Both tracks lead to T5 certification for graduate students who already have T4 certification.

The new EDS degree is an accredited, online program in the Department of Media and Instruction Technology and is designed for school library media specialists, teachers and other professionals who want to advance their education online without compromising quality, said Dr. Barbara McKenzie, chair of the department and professor of media and instruction technology.

“Our degree programs are relevant and based in real-world application,” said McKenzie. “They are also backed by our experienced faculty who understand the need to balance educational growth with West Georgia’s graduate students personal and professional commitments.”

Completion of the program makes a student eligible for a T-6 or S-6 designation if the student has T-5 or S-5 certification.

West Georgia offers 57 degrees at the bachelor’s level, 32 at the master’s level, 10 at the specialist level, two doctoral degrees in education and psychology and 11 advanced certificate programs.

UWG’s strong undergraduate and graduate programs make the university one of four in the state to be designated as a distinctive, doctoral-granting comprehensive institution in the USG.