Columbus State to Launch New Master's Degree Programs This Fall

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will launch two master's degree programs this fall: a Master of Education in teacher leadership and a Master of Public Safety Administration.

The M.Ed. program is designed for certified educators who want to keep teaching while extending their influence beyond their classrooms. It aims to help teachers improve their knowledge and skills in teaching their own content areas as well as in leadership, allowing them to develop the expertise to lead other educators to improve teaching and learning across all subject areas and grade levels.

The 36-semester hour program includes six credit hours in foundations courses, 15 hours in teacher leadership courses, 12 hours in content-area pedagogy courses and a three-hour internship. Candidates for the degree can complete the internship over two semesters, allowing them to gain experience as teacher leaders under the supervision of P-12 and university mentors.

The M.Ed. program blends face-to-face and online instruction. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be eligible for an S-5 Georgia teaching certificate. The letter "S" indicates that the certificate is in a service, P-12 field and the "5" indicates the candidate's highest degree is a master's recognized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

The Master of Public Safety Administration program, taught at CSU's Command College, is designed for law enforcement and other public safety professionals who are looking for career advancement opportunities. The new program replaces the justice administration track of CSU's Master of Public Administration degree program, which had been taught at the Command College for 17 years.

The evolution of two disciplines necessitated the new program.

"We wanted a split between public administration and public safety because both fields are becoming so specialized," said David Lanoue, dean of CSU's College of Letters and Sciences. "We wanted a standalone (program) to deal with issues specific to law enforcement, corrections and fire safety. It was something that was needed."

Candidates in the master's program designed for full-time public safety professionals will take five semesters, or two and half years, to complete degree requirements. CSU's Command College has graduated 60 classes and about 1,000 students over the past 17 years.

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