Two New Online Master’s Degrees Available


Enrollment is now open at Southern for two online master’s degree programs aimed at helping those in the workforce break into a new field and make a difference.

The School of Education, Psychology, and Counseling is offering a new Master of Arts in Teaching degree, taught completely online, with field experience available close to home. This innovative program allows participants to pursue their dreams of teaching, even if they did not study education at the under- graduate level.

“We believe that many people are currently in careers they don’t find fulfilling, and this is an opportunity for them to do something that would fit with their personal mission to make a difference in the world,” said Tammy Overstreet, ’92, PhD, dean of the School of Education, Psychology, and Counseling. “We want students in this program to go out and be world changers, one student and one classroom at a time.”

Southern will help participants arrange field training in person at a school near them. Options are available for students to begin working as teachers while completing their practical hours. Participants can earn Seventh-day Adventist or public school certification through the program.

“Given the great demand for teachers, my hope is that this program will help fill that need,” said Robert Young, PhD, senior vice president for Academic Administration. “It aligns with part of our mission, serving the needs of the church.”

The School of Computing recently added a new Master of Science in Applied Computer Science, which includes a choice of three certificates: Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, and Web Development. No prior tech experience or education is required. Project-based learning is used in every course, so students can apply the new skills in their areas of interest.

“These skills are highly valuable in today’s market,” said Rick Halterman, PhD, dean of the School of Computing.

“Our options will provide students with skills that are immediately needed by companies.”

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