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Otterbein University Adds Two New Master's Degrees

April 20, 2012

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University is offering two new graduate degrees starting in the 2012 summer term, which begins May 29. The Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics (MAEM) and Master of Science in Allied Health (MSAH) degrees have been added to Otterbein’s existing programs in business administration, education and nursing. Otterbein’s advanced degrees develop professionals for increased leadership and expertise within their career fields.

The Master of Arts in Educational Mathematics is designed for teachers holding Adolescent-Young Adult (AYA) Licensure in Integrated Mathematics or mathematics teachers, including community college faculty. It focuses on providing professional development in pedagogical content knowledge. The courses are presented in flexible formats, including summer intensive scheduling, evening and some hybrid courses, blending face-to-face instruction with online learning. Courses are structured to give instructors practical, hands-on information and experiences that can be used in the classroom.

"Otterbein has created a unique program that truly attends to the needs of math teachers, providing the types of opportunities endorsed by leaders in the field of education," said Jeffrey Smith, associate professor of mathematical sciences. "Helping teachers create a connected, comprehensive and detailed view of mathematics enables them to make instructional decisions based not simply on good practice, but according to fundamental principles that guide all of mathematics."

This degree satisfies the advanced degree requirement for high school teachers wanting to obtain adjunct faculty status in higher education, enabling them to teach dual enrollment courses at the college level. This program meets the needs of community college faculty seeking a master’s degree in math. Specialization certificates for middle grade teachers looking to transition to teaching high school or current high school teachers preparing for a shift in academic duties are also offered for licensed teachers.

The Master of Science in Allied Health offers individuals with an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree in a related health care field the opportunity to advance their careers through this graduate-level program offered by the Department of Health and Sport Sciences.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for our University and Department to infuse a new skill set into a much needed area of allied health," said Joan Rocks, associate professor and athletic training program director. "Because of the geographical location of Otterbein, we can connect the hybrid learning strategies we plan to offer to actual career experiences, which we hope will provide a huge networking opportunity for all our students."

Students choose from three tracks of study: Health and Wellness, Allied Health Care Administration and Post-professional Athletic Training (for those who hold or are eligible for the National Board of Certification credential.) Each track is designed to provide Allied Health professionals with advanced clinical knowledge, leadership and educational skills. There is also a 2+3 option for those holding an associate’s degree who want to pursue both a bachelor’s and master’s degree. The courses are presented in a hybrid format, blending face-to-face instruction with online learning. Courses are scheduled to accommodate working professionals.

According to Shelley Payne, assistant professor of allied health, "This advanced degree is designed to challenge professionals to enhance their learning potential by learning to think critically, collect and analyze data, and utilize relevant information technologies."

Graduate programs at Otterbein University have an established reputation for challenging professionals to reach the pinnacle of their academic and professional achievement. The Graduate School currently offers advanced degrees in allied health, business, education, educational mathematics and nursing, as well as a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree. For more information about The Graduate School, visit www.otterbein.edu/graduate or contact (614) 823-3210 or grad@otterbein.edu.

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