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MAEd

Written by pacific54

WHAT IS MAEd?

St. Andrews University, A Branch of Webber International University, is proud to announce the addition of a new master’s degree program- Master of Arts in Education: Instructional Design and Curricular Supervision. The MAEd program is designed to be an accelerated learning experience to be completed within one year. The program is divided into six sessions with two courses per eight-week session. With attention to the current health crisis, courses in the MAEd program will be presented online. In addition to the online courses, participants in the program will join periodic group meetings through video conferencing.

At St. Andrews, the MAEd program will be taught by experienced faculty within the Education Department. The professors that will be teaching courses in the program include Professor Robin Lea, Dr. Robin Calcutt, Dr. Desirae Khampanya, and Chair of the Teacher Education Department, Dr. Teresa Reynolds. 

Dr.  Teresa Reynolds completed her undergraduate degree at Randolph Macon Woman’s College. She received her master’s degree from Fayetteville State University and went on to complete her EdD in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University. Dr. Reynolds career and expertise were focused at the PreK-12 educational levels for 17 years. Since 2008, St Andrews has had the pleasure of working with Dr. Reynolds and in that time, she has also served as the Director of St. Andrews University Disability Services. Dr. Reynolds proposed the MAEd program in 2017 and received accreditation from Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 2019. 

Professor Robin Lea has been teaching at St. Andrews for six years. Prior to her time with St. Andrews, Prof. Lea gained experience in administration as the Principal of Union Pines High School for 13 years. A graduate of St. Andrews herself, Prof. Lea earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education. She then moved on to receive her Master of Arts: Reading Teacher Education from Fayetteville State University and Ed.S in Cultural Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In addition to teaching at St. Andrews, Prof. Lea is also the Director of the Center for Academic Success and serves on the St. Andrews Retention Committee. St. Andrews is very thankful to employ well rounded faculty members such as Professor Robin Lea.  

Dr. Robin Calcutt, a lifelong resident of the sandhills area, earned her Bachelor of Science in Intermediate Education and Visual Arts from Wingate University. She completed two Master of Arts programs in Administration of Instructional Technology and Visual Arts from East Carolina University and University of North Carolina at Greensboro, respectively. Dr. Calcutt earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. Dr. Calcutt was brought aboard St. Andrews as an Assistant Professor in the Education Department in 2018 after earning 34 years of experience in the Moore County, NC school system. Dr. Calcutt will be extending her expertise to the recently added MAEd program. 

Dr. Desirae Khampanya is a newer face around St. Andrews but brings eight years of elementary teaching experience to the university. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary education at Lenoir-Rhyne University before moving on to East Carolina University where she received a Master of Arts in Reading Education. After finishing her Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at Garner-Webb university, Dr. Khampanya was certified as a Reading Specialist for K-12 and received a licensure in School Administration. We are so proud to be able to offer a quality education from these distinguished professors.

A successful student in the MAEd program is willing and able to look past the obvious and think broadly. This program will test the students’ ability to apply theory and thought to personal experiences in the educational environment. Ideal candidates for St. Andrews’ master’s in education program will have earned a GPA of at least 3.0 during their undergraduate education. The submission of a written essay is required for application to the MAEd program. Applicants will also interview with a panel of faculty members to ensure suitability for the program. 

The focus of this program is not solely for teachers and administrators; professionals in development and training will also find value in the instruction of the concepts of establishing learning environments that are motivating and invigorating. 

“It is designed to address the philosophy, processes and technical skills to design and implement program needs of a wide variety of learning institutions” said Dr. Reynolds of the MAEd program. 

Students will dive into the psychology of how the mind and brain work and the methodology of productive course design. Dr. Reynolds continues, 

“Participants will acquire theoretical background in human learning, leadership for teaching and learning and develop skills for use in professional work regarding directorial oversight and design of training processes within a variety of organizations”. 

Now is the perfect time to continue your education. Admissions Counselor Elizabeth Hunter can be contacted at huntereb@sa.edu or (910) 277-5134 to answer any questions you may have. Your journey to a Master’s Degree starts on January 12th, 2021. To apply, please visit sa.edu and click “Apply”. Although we offer rolling admission, do not delay! Apply today!