ADRIAN, Mich. (August 4, 2015) – On August 4, Adrian College officially announced that it would be adding two additional graduate programs. The College announced the proposed additions during its annual State of the College earlier this year.
“We are very excited about the addition of these two programs to our existing programs in Accounting, Athletic Training, Criminal Justice and Industrial Chemistry. The new programs include a Master of Arts in Sport Administration and Leadership and a Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment,” said Dr. Paul Rupert, Dean of Graduate Studies. “Offering a traditional two-year engagement for current students and an extended program for working professionals, the programs will be open to both traditional and non-traditional students.
Adrian College is at the forefront with the development of the Master of Arts in Sport Administration and Leadership program. This degree is among the first of its kind and will be a particularly vital asset to students interested in pursuing a career in this field.
The Master of Arts in Sport Administration and Leadership program will build upon the success of the existing undergraduate program in sports management. The popularity of the undergraduate major, as well as growth of employment opportunities in the field, makes the program a natural fit for the College. The master’s program curriculum will enable students to learn from professors that have extensive experience in the field of sports leadership. The faculty includes members of premier sport management organizations such as the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and North American Society for the Sociology of Sport (NASSS), and who have been presenters at national and international conferences. This program will also prepare students for successful careers in professional, minor league, intercollegiate and youth sports by inviting working professionals to campus who may directly provide employment opportunities to graduates.
“We feel this program will help set our students apart in the competitive sport market,” said Dr. Keith Christy, director of the sports management program. “A graduate degree will help those working in the sport industry advance within their organization, as well as help those who are just entering the work place, by providing them with the knowledge and experience needed to gain employment.”
The Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment program will introduce and cultivate the best research-based educational practices to strengthen student knowledge of curriculum, design instruction, assessment, mentoring and coaching. Working in a world with rapid and constant technological development, graduate students will explore vital and relevant methods critical to the integration of current technology in the classroom. In addition, this program will help students to fulfill the Michigan requirement mandating that all teachers renew their certification every five years.
“The Adrian College Teacher Education Department is extremely excited to offer our recently approved Master of Education in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment,” said Director for the Institute of Education, Dr. Andrea Milner. “These courses are directly aligned with the Michigan Department of Education Teacher Leadership Preparation Standards and will develop and advance teacher leadership skills and competencies. We look forward to offering this important program.”
The program will ultimately give graduates higher pay, job security and a teacher leadership endorsement thereby positioning graduates for advancement in school districts.