Regional Cohort: Randolph Community College
MSEE Program at Randolph Community College's University Center
When Randolph Community College President Robert Shackleford announced the University Center of Randolph County in 2008, which offered bachelor's degrees locally for the first time, it was momentous. RCC will make history a second time this spring when it again partners with Pfeiffer University to offer the first master's degree in Randolph County.
"I'm very excited about this development," said Dr. Shackleford during the RCC Board of Trustees' regular meeting on Nov. 18. "Through the University Center of Randolph County, we are able to offer some unprecedented educational opportunities for the people of our county, and this new master's degree is a great step forward for the program."
The Master of Science degree in Elementary Education is for teachers with an elementary license looking to enrich their content knowledge and refine their ability to design and deliver effective instruction, according to Dr. Christopher Boe, director of graduate programs in elementary education at Pfeiffer.
"We have eliminated much of the repetitive study that has historically been part of graduate programs of education," Boe said. "In place of those concepts, we endeavored to add a focus on teacher leadership and instructional transformation."
The same full-time, high-quality faculty who teaches Pfeiffer's on-campus programs will teach the University Center classes. The program will be offered in hybrid format, a mix of traditional classroom meetings and online learning opportunities. Classes will meet one night weekly and the course load is six semester hours per term with students finishing in six semesters or two years.
Admissions requirements include a Pfeiffer application, official transcripts, writing sample, three recommendations, a copy of the applicant's teaching license, and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), which Pfeiffer will offer on the RCC campus. The program uses a cohort model, which means students will work through the program with the same group for every class.
The program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Candidates currently working in school settings are eligible for a 40 percent tuition-reduction scholarship.