Published on September 12, 2011  

The first cohort of Samford's new Fifth Year Non-Traditional (FYNT) Masters degree in secondary education program began class this fall. Of the 29 students in the cohort, "a large percentage have scored well on the Praxis II content specific test and have gained the ETS Recognition of Excellence for exceedingly high scores," said Fifth Year Program Coordinator, Ashley Cacioppo.

The FYNT program, created in 2010, is a collaboration between Samford's Howard College of Arts and Sciences and Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies. It is designed for graduates of an accredited university who already have a BA or BS degree and want to earn a Class A teaching certificate in Biology, English/Language Arts, General Science, History, Math, Social Studies or Spanish for grades 6-12.

The program accommodates those working part or full-time, including those currently teaching with provisional certificates, and to this end, courses are offered in the late afternoon, evening, or Saturdays.

Of the program's 36 required credit hours, 24 hours are in professional courses, including an internship and 12 are in the student’s chosen content area or teaching field.

Cacioppo said that candidates who pace themselves to advance with their cohort group can complete the program in 16 -18 months.

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