Lyon College in Batesville has launched the first graduate-level course in its 150-year history, a master’s in teaching program that aims to provide practical, hands-on experience in the field.
Beginning this fall, the new Lyon College Center for Transformative Teaching and Leadership will offer the program, which the school said is ideal for those who hold an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than education and who are seeking a career change and/or licensure to teach.
“Like many states, Arkansas is experiencing a severe shortage of teachers,” Anthony Grafton, Lyon College provost, said in a news release. “We are excited that our first graduate degree will address this shortage and focus on creating unique pathways for individuals to become highly skilled educators.
“Additionally, I’m personally very happy that people in this region of Arkansas can now continue their education through this program without ever leaving the area.”
Candidates may pursue teacher licensure in the following content areas and levels:
- Elementary education K-6
- Middle childhood 4-8 in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies
- Secondary 4-12 in computer science
- Secondary 7-12 in English/language arts, biology/life science, chemistry, mathematics, and social studies
- Broad range K-12 in art, foreign languages (French or Spanish), physical education, and music (vocal and/or instrumental)
The 36-credit hour program is designed to prepare candidates using a hybrid teaching model that blends online coursework with weekly face-to-face meetings offered either remotely or in person.
Candidates beginning the program in a summer term can complete the degree in 15 months, while those beginning in the fall semester will be able to finish in less than two years.