Bachelor's degree program to be offered locally

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This fall, the Crowder College Cassville Campus will partner with Missouri State University to begin offering a bachelor's degree in elementary education.

"We have been working on this for a long time," said Angela Seymour, Cassville Campus director. "It is very exciting and a huge benefit to our students and students in the area."

Although Crowder officials are still working out the details for the new program, the Cassville Campus will begin offering either Internet-based or on-campus courses in August.

"Students will now be able to get a bachelor's degree in elementary education in Cassville," said Seymour. "Students who get their associate's degree at our campus will be able to move right into this program."

In addition to a degree in elementary education, the program will offer a middle school certification in communication arts. Students will also be able to choose among certifications in math, science or social studies.

"We recommend students go online and apply to Missouri State University," said Seymour. "They will receive a confirmation or M number. Then, they will register with Patsy Garner. We only need four students to begin classes."

Garner is the lead faculty member for Crowder College's elementary education program. She is also an advisor for Missouri State University classes offered through Crowder College.

"There are a few things that students will have to have prior to starting the program," said Seymour. "They will need to complete education 250, which is the practicum course. They will also need a 2.75 cumulative grade point average."

A math course prerequisite will apply to students beginning the new program. Students must also have completed the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (CBASE) at least once.

"A test score of 265 is required by Missouri State University, but students can retest after starting the program," said Seymour. "There are a couple more CBASE tests scheduled this summer."

Missouri State University plans to provide a part-time faculty member to assist with the new program at the Cassville Campus.

"This is an investment for them," said Seymour. "It is huge for our students and great for our community. We are very excited."

The Crowder College Cassville Campus offers pharmacy technician and certified medical technician programs, CNA and CNA specialist programs, an emergency medical technician program and a nursing program.

Students can also complete two-year degrees in addictions counseling, accounting, business administration, general studies, teaching or psychology at the Cassville Campus.

For more information or to contact Garner, call the Crowder College Cassville Campus at 847-1706.

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