by Jenny Gregory

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Truett McConnell University (TMU) Peter and Gredel Walpot School of Education announces the new Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), to be offered beginning January 2018.

“All of us can reflect on our education growing up and remember that special teacher who poured himself/herself into our lives at the precise time we needed it,” said TMU President Dr. Emir Caner.

“This generation desperately needs and deserves that same measure of love and dedication from educators prepared to meet the needs of a new generation, to speak into their minds and hearts during their most developmental years. Our Master of Education, taught from a distinctively Christian perspective, prepares educators professionally and biblically to speak love and life in these precious students,” Caner added.

Dr. Brad Reynolds, Vice President of Academics and Dean of Faculty added, “For over one hundred years, Western education has errantly divorced learning from truth. Such radical idiocy is as irrational as it is futile, but will not be found in TMU’s Master of Education degree. Here we will train educators to encourage students along the greatest of adventures…the search for TRUTH. Real education affirms that “Truth is immortal” because it encourages the endless pursuit of truth, which inevitably discovers the validity of the words of Jesus, ‘I am the…Truth…’”

The new M.Ed., which is TMU’s fourth Master’s degree program, will predominantly include online classes with a minimum of one meeting during the semester. The degree will require 48 credits including advanced courses in areas of language arts, science, math, social studies, advanced topics such as multicultural education, reading diagnostics and correction strategies, psychology, assessments and current trends.

Dr. Julie Lutz, Dean of The Peter and Gredel Walpot School of Education and Assistant Professor of Education, shared, “This is a great opportunity for TMU graduates to be involved in continuing their education as well as providing job embedded professional development for surrounding school systems while earning a higher certification.”

“I am also excited to have Dr. Angie Rainwater [Assistant Professor of Education] as the Master’s Degree Coordinator,” Lutz added. “Her experience and knowledge is going to be valuable for our M.Ed. candidates.”

In addition to the Christian worldview, the approved degree program will provide continued professional development, a higher level of certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) and especially a deeper understanding of content and pedagogy in the classroom.

Students looking to apply to the M.Ed. program will follow guidelines for the original requirements specified in the graduate catalog along with: an evaluation from the previous year (evaluation should include formal and informal observations) and a two-page essay on the personal commitment to the education profession, including, but not limited to, a personal testimony for being called to the profession, reasons for obtaining an M.Ed., and future professional goals.

Rainwater shared her excitement about obtaining the new degree by adding, “I am most looking forward to working collaboratively with educators already in the field to assist with developing strategies and methods to meet the diverse needs of the students in classrooms.”

Current and prospective TMU students interested in pursuing the M.Ed. program may contact The Peter and Gredel Walpot School of Education Master’s Degree Coordinator Dr. Angie Rainwater at arainwater@truett.edu or by contacting Graduate Admissions via email at graduateadmissions@truett.edu or by phone at 706-865-2134, ext. 2131.

Truett McConnell University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Truett McConnell University.

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Jenny Gregory is the Content Manager for Truett McConnell University