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SACSCOC approves Voorhees College master’s program: The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning degree to be offered spring 2022

Denmark, S.C. – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has approved a Voorhees College master’s program. The master of education in teaching and learning degree, approved at the SACSCOC annual meeting in December, will launch in January 2022. Classes for the program are scheduled to begin in March.

“As we prepare to become Voorhees University, I am excited about the SACSCOC approval of the master of education in teaching and learning degree. It is our first master’s degree program and a stellar example of how we are taking Voorhees to the next level of excellence,” said Ronnie Hopkins, president of Voorhees College.

The master of education in teaching and learning degree has two concentration options: education systems improvement or PK-12 education. The 12-month degree program is designed to prepare educators in a range of education settings to leverage deliberative teaching strategies and educational practices. It is designed to eliminate persistent achievement disparities through a culturally responsive curriculum.

Gwenda Richburg Greene, founding dean of graduate studies, shared her enthusiasm about providing this level of quality education for Voorhees and the Denmark community. “This is my birth community.  I have fond memories of stellar educators who have traversed in this area. I am more than proud to be on the cutting edge of our institution building on those legacies,” she said.

According to Greene, the master’s degree program will prepare educators to become scholar practitioners with the critical consciousness and cultural dexterity to effectively employ content knowledge, pedagogy, and disciplined inquiry. It also will prepare educators to apply the principles of improvement science in schools, districts, and education organizations in response to clearly defined problems of practice in diverse settings.

Damara Hightower Mitchell, provost and vice president for academic affairs said the program will continue to honor the legacy of Elizabeth Evelyn Wright, who founded Voorhees College in 1897.

“Establishing the first graduate program in education at Voorhees has particular significance for me because it is in complete alignment with the intent of our founder. Offering an advanced degree that will prepare educators to effectively teach all learners and address educational inequities is an opportunity to honor our historical legacy and commitment to uplift our community through the success of the educators we will prepare as well as the students and families they will serve,” Hightower Mitchell said.

About Voorhees University

Voorhees University, founded by Elizabeth Evelyn Wright in 1897, is a private, coeducational institution affiliated with the Episcopal Church and the United Negro College Fund. The university is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Its mission is to produce highly qualified graduates who coalesce intellect and faith in pursuit of life-long learning, healthy living, the betterment of society, and an abiding faith in God. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Voorhees as a #1 best value, #3 in social mobility and #33 among regional colleges in the south in 2022-2023; and #26 among Historically Black Colleges and Universities, nationally. Additional information about Voorhees University can be found at www.voorhees.edu.

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