Samford To Offer MME-National Board Preparation Tailored to Needs of Teachers
by Sean Flynt
Beginning in summer 2011 Samford University's
School of the Arts will offer a new Master of Music Education Degree (MME)
focused on National Board Certification preparation and the unique needs of in
service music specialists
The new program was created specifically for current
teachers with Class B certification who are seeking the professional benefits
of an advanced degree, Class A certification and National Board certification.
Moya Nordlund, Samford music professor and director of graduate
studies in music, said the new offering recognizes that those who are most
interested in earning the degree are already teaching and unable to take leave
to pursue an advanced degree in traditional graduate programs.
Samford's MME-National Board preparation is designed to take
15 months start-to-finish, including two summers and part-time work during the
school year. Coursework will focus on Instructional Leadership and preparation
for National Board Certification.
Nordlund said the first cycle of the program will emphasize
vocal/choral certification and expand to include instrumental certification in
Nordlund said the program offers a significant financial
incentive. Noting that the program
costs approximately $16,000, she noted that, based on current salary scales,
those who earn the degree will immediately get a raise of about $4,000. Upon
completion of National Board Certification they will earn another $5,000 raise,
based on current practice. "Candidates can potentially recuperate their
investment in two years," she said.
Nordlund said five of the eight student positions available
for the first program cycle in summer 2011 are already filled. All those
wanting to apply for the remaining positions or future cycles should contact
Kim Settle at (205) 726-2851 or visit arts.samford.edu.