Rationale: The Bachelor of Science in Education major in Early Childhood and Special Education (ECSE) was the first teacher preparation program offered by Macon State College. Since its inception in fall 2005, students have indicated a desire for a part-time program. In addition, the current economic climate has required more students to work full-time. It has always been the goal of Macon State College (MSC) to provide students with affordable and accessible, professional degree programs.
What: MSC School of Education is offering an evening part-time program.The program of study includes all courses taught in the full-time program, including field/clinical. Candidates will complete all course work including field/clinical in 2½ years (including 2 summers). The part-time program will follow the cohort model.
Who: This program is intended for persons who want to earn a B.S. degree in ECSE and is designed to meet the needs of those not able to attend a full-time program due to work/family obligations. The program has been designed with two types of persons in mind. Person A: A paraprofessional who can spend minimally 4 hours per week fulfilling the requirements of field experience. These hours may be spread over multiple days. Person B: A person who is not a paraprofessional that needs to complete his/her degree on a part-time basis, primarily in the evenings. Person B will have to spend 4 day time hours per week (half day) in a school setting to fulfill the requirements of the field experience. Candidates in the part-time program will be required to spend the final fall semester completing the clinical experience. The clinical experience will be a full-time, daytime experience in a school setting.
When: Proposed start date is Fall Semester 2012. All courses during the fall and spring will be offered in the evenings. The summer courses may be offered in the day or evening, depending on the cohort’s needs.
Where: Field experiences will be completed in school settings and/or after school programs for evening field placements.
How: Candidates in the part-time program will have an advisor and will be supervised by a clinical faculty member. A part-time ECSE teacher candidate will take an average of 3 courses each semester with only 2 being seated. Additional courses will be offered in an online format.