Coker’s Newest Graduate Programs Underway

Two new graduate programs, both offered entirely online, become the fourth and fifth graduate degrees available at Coker College.

As of October 2017, Coker College offers five graduate programs—its two newest, the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology and the Master of Science in Management and Leadership, are gaining momentum with the 2017-2018 academic year.

This month, Coker will welcome the first cohort of the Master of Science in Management and Leadership graduate program. The program is designed to prepare leaders who can address today’s unique challenges. Students will learn from real-world scenarios, presented through Harvard Business Review case studies, and will focus on expanding knowledge in areas like decision-making, strategic planning, positive leadership, human capital, organizational change, and more.

The program will be offered entirely online, requiring a total of 30 credit hours for degree completion. “Our graduate program will be offered in an innovative format that exposes the student to a curriculum...to help develop and refine the skills that you need to be a more strategic manager and leader,” says Melinda Norris, associate professor of business administration and chair of the Department of Business Administration at Coker College. “We are positioning graduates for career advancements.”

In August, Coker welcomed its first cohort of 14 educators for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instructional Technology. This advanced degree will serve both educators and non-educators who wish to focus their careers in curriculum and technology in educational settings. Coker created this online program to prepare graduates for work in a wide variety of subject areas. There is an increased demand for instructional technology knowledge across the field of education, and the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instructional Technology was designed to provide expertise in digital-age learning.

“In society, technology is everywhere we look, and students will need to be able to manipulate and adapt to technology in their future careers and adult life. Therefore, it is imperative that individuals who work with students or children not only know how to use educational technology themselves, but know how to teach students and children to use technology effectively,”  said Assistant Professor Casey Gilewski.

Coker recently awarded its first-ever Excellence in Teaching scholarships to two deserving Teachers of the Year: a full-tuition scholarship was awarded to Nicole Lester, an English teacher at Spaulding Middle School in Lamar and 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year for her district, and a single-term scholarship was awarded to Johnathan Skaris, a social studies teacher at Hartsville High School and 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year for Hartsville High School.

Coker’s Excellence in Teaching Scholarship is for Teachers of the Year in South Carolina who wish to further their education. Any K-12 educator who has been designated as a Teacher of the Year by their school, district, or the S.C. Department of Education is eligible for a term of graduate coursework at no cost and, each year, as many as two deserving applicants will receive a full scholarship for the entirety of their graduate program.

“This degree will support my growth as an educator, and provide me with a skill set that I can transfer into my classroom,” says Lester, who is enrolled in the Master’s in Curriculum and Instructional Technology program. “I want to support my twenty-first century learners by providing them with the opportunities and resources they need.”

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