- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi College may offer classes in Brookhaven for the fall 2014 semester, allowing area residents to pursue a master’s degree without having to travel to the university’s main campus in Clinton.

The Daily Leader reports (https://bit.ly/1eX9BxB) college officials met recently with local interests to talk about a plan to establish a presence in Brookhaven.

The college’s director of field experiences, Rachel Peeples, said several master’s level programs may be offered. The program may begin with one course offering in the fall focused on elementary education.

Proposed courses for the fall semester would include teaching elementary and junior high mathematics and technology in education.

“We believe there is a very great need for this particular program in the Brookhaven community. Our goal is to fill that need and to establish as visible of a presence as possible,” said Mississippi College professor Cindy Melton.

The master’s of education in elementary education is a 30-semester hour program that leads to a license endorsement in elementary education.

The college envisions a mix of classroom and online instruction.

Two more classes are proposed for the spring semester in 2015 and more classes would be added by summer 2015.

The offered programs would be accredited by the Mississippi Department of Education.

“The idea is to provide persons with busy schedules such as work, etc., a chance to earn their master’s degree one step at a time,” said college admissions director Caley Forbes. “Candidates would be able to get their degree in an accelerated timeframe.”

Prospective candidates for the program could complete requirements in four semesters. Candidates employed as full-time teachers are eligible for a 30 percent reduction in tuition through a professional development scholarship offered by the college.

Forbes said the college only needs as few as five students to get started.

Provided the program is successful, the college is optimistic about adding additional classes and programs later.

“The college offers over 50 separate master’s level classes. Out of these, there are several courses that I’m sure the community might be interested in pursuing,” said Melton.

If approved, Mississippi College might work in partnership with Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Melton said.

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Information from: The Daily Leader, https://www.dailyleader.com

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