William Woods University is expanding its offerings for working adults in the Columbia area by offering a bachelor of science in elementary education (BSEE) degree program in the evening.
It is the same elementary education degree program students complete during the day on the Fulton campus—but classes will be at night at the Columbia campus.
The evening program allows working adults to complete the bachelor’s degree and earn certification to teach grades 1-6 while they continue working full-time. Those who have previously completed a bachelor’s degree can join the cohort to complete the certification requirements without having to complete a second degree.
An orientation and registration meeting will be held Jan. 12 at the Columbia site, 3100 Falling Leaf Court, Columbia.
Prospective students may contact the university’s Graduate &Adult Studies program prior to then, or simply show up for a meeting. Call 1-800-995-3199 or contact WWU by e-mail at AdultEd@WilliamWoods.edu.
Preparing students to teach in grades 1-6, the degree program is approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and fully accredited. It is a degree-completion program requiring 50 transferable credit hours and a minimum 2.5 GPA from a regionally accredited college or university to be admitted.
In addition, students must be at least 23 years old and have taken the C-Base test that is required for all education majors.
Once all common studies courses are completed, students attending evening classes may obtain a BSEE degree in 28 months, including student teaching. Because of the length of this program, several breaks are included in the schedule.
Students will take one course at a time. Each six-week class meets twice a week on Mondays and Wednesdays for four hours. Required clinical hours must be completed during the day in an appropriate school setting.
The BSEE degree program requires students to complete 52 hours of specific education and subject area courses and an additional 15 hours of student teaching and educational seminar. The student teaching clinical experience will be completed in a public school classroom during a 12-week block at the end of the program.
For more information about the university’s Graduate & Adult Studies program, visit TheWoods.edu/evening.