Tuesday, June 11, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - The Westminster College Board of Trustees recently decided to lower the tuition rate for the Graduate Program by more than 18 percent starting in the fall 2013-2014 semester.
The tuition for a three-semester-hour course will be reduced from $1,920 (plus a $37.50 tech fee) to $1, 560 (plus a $37.50 tech fee), a savings of $360 per course.
The Graduate Program at Westminster College is designed for professionals who seek further professional development. The Master of Education degree is offered in education, and master teacher. Additionally, the Graduate Program offers courses of study that lead to certification and/or licensure as a school counselor, K-12 principal, superintendent, and reading specialist. New to the program starting in the fall semester is certification for special education and special education/reading.
Features of the program include a blended learning format where students learn in the classroom and online for all courses, an evening schedule during the school year, and an accelerated schedule during the summer. Courses are taught from experienced faculty consisting of educators, administrators, teachers, counselors and other professionals who draw from many years of experience in K-12 education.
The Westminster Graduate Program was established at the College in 1944. The program was instituted as a service to public school teachers working within a convenient distance of the College, and at the time was the only educational institution between Pittsburgh and Cleveland to offer graduate work.
The goal remains to increase the competence of local teachers and to develop those competencies appropriate for school administrators, reading specialists, and school counselors, and to prepare them to assume greater responsibility and more vigorous leadership in the educational system. More than 180 current area administrators have earned their degrees or certifications from Westminster's Graduate Program.
The program is accredited through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.