The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges has approved the establishment of a master’s degree program in teaching and learning at historically Black Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina. The new degree program will launch in January 2022. Classes for the program are scheduled to begin in March.
The master of education in teaching and learning degree has two concentration options: education systems improvement or PK-12 education. The 12-month degree program is designed to prepare educators in a range of education settings to leverage deliberative teaching strategies and educational practices. It is designed to eliminate persistent achievement disparities through a culturally responsive curriculum.
According to Gwenda Richburg Greene, founding dean of graduate studies at Voorhees College, the master’s degree program will prepare educators to become scholar practitioners with the critical consciousness and cultural dexterity to effectively employ content knowledge, pedagogy, and disciplined inquiry. It also will prepare educators to apply the principles of improvement science in schools, districts, and education organizations in response to clearly defined problems of practice in diverse settings.
“As we prepare to become Voorhees University, I am excited about the SACSCOC approval of the master of education in teaching and learning degree. It is our first master’s degree program and a stellar example of how we are taking Voorhees to the next level of excellence,” said Ronnie Hopkins, president of Voorhees College.