New Professional & Graduate Programs

Nov. 13, 2013 - by dphawkins

New Professional & Graduate Programs

Nov. 20, 2013

Accelerated Elementary Education

Great option for career changers

A new option for adults who want to change careers to become elementary school teachers begins in January 2014. MNU’s 18-month accelerated elementary education program in elementary education has a virtual attendance option for students who live at least 45 miles from the Olathe campus.

Nancy Damron, PhD, dean of the school of education, says MNU alumni and friends who want to become teachers should consider this program.

“Students in this program will experience teaching and learning through methods designed for adult learners,” Damron says. “These methods emphasize collaboration and real-time experiential learning whether one is in the virtual or physical classroom.”

The program leads to either a bachelor’s degree or licensure if the student already has a degree. Students will be able to continue working for the first year of their program, only needing to change their work schedule when it is time to student teach. The curriculum emphasizes high-tech resources in every course.

“These are next-century tools, designed to prepare teacher candidates for next-century teaching and learning,” Damron says. “Our technology-rich classrooms were provided through a $6.6 million teacher quality grant.”

To qualify for admission students should have an AA or AS degree, a bachelor’s degree or a minimum of 60 transferrable semester hours with all general education requirements fulfilled.

For more information, visit www.mnu.edu/aee.


Master of Science in Management to Launch

The 20-month Master of Science in Management (MSM) program is slated to start its first class in January 2014. One-night-a-week classes will allow professionals to continue working and fulfilling family and personal obligations while obtaining career-advancing education.

The 30-credit-hour graduate program trains students in the art and science of managing people and strategic change. Focusing on effective leadership of the human side of an organization makes the program especially practical, according to Graydon Dawson, EdD, chair of Graduate Studies in Management at MNU. Dawson says research shows that insufficient people skills derail more executives’ careers than lack of business acumen or technical skills.

“To be a successful leader it’s important to be able to identify complex problems, implement solutions and make sound decisions,” Dawson explains. “Management seems like it should be common sense, but it’s actually very hard to do it well." Jamie Myrtle, dean of MNU’s School of Business, adds that a unique aspect of the MSM program is that every student completes a business plan.

“If everyone in business had to complete a business plan, we’d have better professionals,” Myrtle says. “It’s a great way to see how all the areas of a business fit together.”

Myrtle says that MSM students will benefit from MNU’s partnership with the Kauffman Foundation’s FastTrac® program to develop entrepreneurs because the materials and theories taught in FastTrac® are available to MSM students, too.

MNU has offered an accelerated MBA for more than 20 years. Dawson says the primary difference in the accelerated MSM curriculum is the greater focus on developing people skills for managers.

For more information about the MSM program and other accelerated options, visit www.mnu.edu/msm.

 

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