The mathematics education program offers a master of arts degree in education: mathematics education emphasis with two different options: elementary/middle school and secondary school. Both programs serve to help teachers ignite and sustain excitement about mathematics and learning. Graduates gain a deeper understanding of the key mathematical concepts encountered at their grade level and learn how to teach these concepts most effectively.
The reading/language arts program has been designed to build leaders in the field of literacy instruction from kindergarten through community college levels. Coursework examines the reading/writing process, second language acquisition, literacy assessment techniques and the use of literature in the classroom. Across the program, a focus on successful practice for English language learners is emphasized.
The call to peacemaking is universal and timeless since conflict is always with us. Its shadow is found in all cultures in all times beckoning for response. When constructive, it leads to better understanding and deeper relationships. When destructive, it tends toward confusion and separation.
The following master's degree and certificates are offered through the PACS program:
This certificate includes courses that teach the foundational concepts and skills of Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) development, conflict management and restorative justice. This certificate is useful for those working in roles closely tied with the justice system and community-based organizations assisting in offender transitions, victim services or other restorative justice fields.
Church leaders are often asked to aid in conflict management and resolution. This certificate helps prepare these professionals to gain both a deeper understanding of peace and practice in implementing conflict resolution strategies. The specific dynamics of church conflict are covered through explorations of peacemaking ethics, conflict analysis, group dynamics and interpersonal communication, as well as church conflict management.
This certificate prepares a professional to assist as a third party in negotiations between individuals or groups with conflicting perspectives, attitudes and/or actions. Curriculum and practice prepare the student to serve as a mediator who can help parties come to mutually acceptable agreements.