Community College Education Program Offers New Degree

Posted: July 20, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Community College Education (CCE) Program at George Mason will offer a new MA in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) this fall, concentrating in higher education administration or student affairs. The degree will prepare students for administrative and leadership positions in colleges and universities, associations, and government agencies whose activities influence higher education.

The program will require 36 credit hours of graduate-level course work in areas such as higher education, research methodology, administration or student affairs, and a practicum and capstone project. Electives may be chosen from public and international affairs, communication, philosophy, sociology, or other programs within the university.

“This degree provides an opportunity for classified staff, recent graduates, and others to advance in their careers and to have a better understanding of the challenges and rewards of institutions of higher education. The response to the new degree from many departments at the university has been very positive,” says Gail Kettlewell, director of the Doctor of Arts in Community College Education Program.

Graduates can enter into careers as academic advisors, admissions professionals, financial aid administrators, minority student services, or computer lab managers. The higher education concentration will not qualify a person for a counselor position in the college counseling center or for administrative positions that require the doctorate degree. However, in many colleges and universities throughout the country, a master’s degree will open up higher-level administrative opportunities.

The MAIS in higher education concentration will complement the MAIS in college teaching, which started last year. This innovative program includes knowledge areas such as English, mathematics, psychology, information technology, and English as a second language. Students take 18 credits in the knowledge area and 18 credits in the community college core courses.

For more information about the programs CCE offers, visit the web site or call 703-993-2310.

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