By GINA KINSLOW
GLASGOW — Graduate-level courses in education will again be available at Western Kentucky University’s Glasgow campus thanks to the foresight of Dr. Sam Evans, dean of the College of Education.
“We at one time had the graduate courses for the education program and just over the course of time the academic department slowly declined the course offerings,” said James McCaslin, assistant director of Western’s Glasgow campus.
It was Evans who decided to offer those classes again locally.
“He is committed to bringing the classes back to Glasgow,” McCaslin said.
This means students who have recently obtained their undergraduate degrees in education will be able to take the courses they need to obtain their Rank I at Western’s Glasgow campus.
Teachers in Kentucky are required by the state to obtain a master’s degree in education. They have five years to start it and 10 years to complete it. Once they have done so, they can then take additional courses to earn either a Rank I, II or III in education. To receive a Rank I, a teacher must earn 30 college credit hours above their master’s degree.
“This is something that most educators want because it means a pay increase for them, but also it gives them a greater assurance that they will be able to retain the teaching positions they have,” McCaslin said.
A meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 4 p.m. in Room 131 on Western’s Glasgow campus for anyone interested in taking classes needed to earn a Rank I in education, or any other graduate level course.
Evans will be on hand to answer questions, McCaslin said.
For those unable to attend the meeting, they can e-mail Dr. Juanita Bayless, director of Western’s Glasgow campus, at firstname.lastname@example.org.