New Programs Launched in Education, Business and Counseling

The beginning of the fall semester marked the beginning of several new degree programs, as well as the expansion of several others. The Tift College of Education expanded its programs, while the Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies added to their offerings.

Tift College of Education is expanding several programs, including its increasingly popular graduate offerings. The College’s Master of Education degree with a concentration in early childhood education, which is currently offered on the Atlanta campus, also will be available at the Douglas County and Henry County Regional Academic Centers beginning this fall.

In addition to the Master of Education program, other programs are expanding their borders. The College introduced the early care and education program at the Henry County Regional Academic Center in fall 2006. In addition to the campus in McDonough, students can now enroll at the Douglas County Regional Academic Center in Lithia Springs and at the Atlanta campus. This Bachelor of Science in Education, with a major in early care and education, is designed for individuals who wish to be certified to teach children from birth to five years of age.

The educational leadership program will also expand to the Savannah campus this fall, making Tift College of Education the third of Mercer’s schools and colleges to offer programs in Savannah.

The Eugene W. Stetson School of Business and Economics will add to its degree offerings this fall, with a new Master of Accountancy and a combined Bachelor of Business Administration/ Master of Business Administration degree on the Atlanta campus. The new degrees, which will both be evening programs, target the growing number of professionals in the Atlanta area in need of career-focused programs to help them succeed.

The Master of Accountancy links the successful undergraduate accounting program in Macon with Atlanta. The Master of Accountancy degree will be offered over one calendar year.  The degree is a 10-course, 30-semester-hour program.

The combined BBA-MBA provides an accelerated route to completing both the degrees by allowing qualified BBA students who meet increased admission standards the opportunity for early admission to the MBA program. The combined degree requires 150 semester hours, down from 164 semester hours for the two degrees pursued separately.  In the combined program, the BBA and MBA degrees are awarded concurrently at the end of the program, upon successful completion of all the program requirements.

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies, in partnership with the Tift College of Education, will offer the Master of Science in School Counseling program on Mercer’s Atlanta campus this fall. In addition, the College will offer an add-on certificate program in School Counseling for those who already have a master’s degree in counseling.

Pending Georgia Professional Standards Commission certification, both programs will prepare counselors to address Georgia’s efforts not only to meet the needs of its growing elementary, middle and high school populations, but also to help students remain in school and ultimately improve graduation rates across the state. Schools, particularly in rural and urban school systems, need these “graduation coaches,” said W. David Lane, Ph.D., associate professor and head of the Counseling Department in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

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