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Reinhardt’s First MPA Cohort to Begin Fall 2013; June 12 Info. Session at North Fulton Center

 

Reinhardt Announces New Graduate Program: Master of Public Administration with a Criminal Justice Concentration; Program Director Appointed

Information Session:

June 12, 6:30 p.m., at Reinhardt’s North Fulton Center in Alpharetta, Ga.

For more information or to begin the application process, visit www.reinhardt.edu/MPA 

or contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 770-720-5797 or gradstudies@reinhardt.edu

 

Beginning fall 2013, Reinhardt will welcome the newest offering to its thriving graduate degree programs. The Master of Public Administration with a concentration in criminal justice will allow students to obtain a degree that’s unlike any other in the North Georgia area. Led by Dr. Karen Owen, assistant professor of public administration and MPA program director, the Reinhardt MPA will prepare individuals from diverse backgrounds for professional careers in criminal justice administration in governmental, private and non-profit organizations.

Unique Learning Opportunity

“The MPA program is a great addition to Reinhardt’s graduate program offerings, and I am excited to help start the program and build its future success,” said Owen. “I am enthusiastic about initiating this MPA program, which will provide professional working knowledge and skills advancement for many public sector and non-profit sector professionals in our community. I look forward to utilizing my own research and practical political knowledge and work within the national and state levels of government to create a solid and reputable program and to enlighten the classroom learning experience for all students.”

Dr. Bill DeAngelis, dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences agrees. “We are proud to welcome the Master of Public Administration degree program into the School of Mathematics and Sciences. The nature of the program, particularly with its concentration in criminal justice administration, will increase the depth and breadth of our School’s offerings and will provide our graduates and the entire University with a viable graduate educational opportunity.”

Experienced Faculty; Convenient Location

Reinhardt, its Police Academy and nearby agencies have worked together to create this unique graduate program, and this collaboration has resulted in a program that expertly addresses professional needs and theory. Offered in the convenient location of Reinhardt’s North Fulton Center in Alpharetta, Ga., the MPA will be readily accessible to many of the Northern Arc municipal, county and state law enforcement agencies. The MPA will be led by experienced faculty with extensive teaching and field experience who will supplement textbook knowledge with practical skills and real life lessons. 

“Reinhardt’s MPA program will provide a focused graduate curriculum for those who desire to advance in public safety and law enforcement administration,” said Owen. “While other MPA programs in the state offer general administration and policy concentrations, the Reinhardt MPA, with a criminal justice concentration, will meet demands espoused by many in the suburban Atlanta area for graduate level MPA education at a location near county/city public law enforcement agencies. We can offer students and professionals interested in Criminal Justice the specific classroom and practical experience for public safety administrative work in a suburban campus environment.”

Realistic Schedule

In each of the two 8-week terms of the semester, class will meet once a week on Tuesdays from 6-10:50 p.m. There will also be a simultaneous online class for the whole semester. This structure will allow busy working adults to complete 9 credit hours a semester, while providing the best of both worlds—the camaraderie and enrichment of face-to-face learning and the convenience of online education. The program will facilitate an active learning environment between the students and government/non-profit professional entities within the community, all while meeting the  needs of students and professionals who are seeking graduate level education.

“I want this program to recruit the best and brightest students from our region and become state and nationally recognized as providing sound and practical knowledge and resources for public servants,” Owen said. “My earnest goal is that this MPA program will provide the necessary theoretical knowledge of the political workings of administration within public and non-profit organizations as well as the practical skills professionals will need to be strong and effective administrators within their chosen career field.”

Information Session: June 12, 6:30 p.m., North Fulton Center, Alpharetta, Ga.

To learn more about the Reinhardt MPA, attend an information session on June 12 at 6:30 p.m., at Reinhardt’s North Fulton Center in Alpharetta, Ga. The application process has several steps so those interested in this program are encouraged to start early. Visit www.reinhardt.edu/MPA to get started today!

For more information or to arrange an individual appointment, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at 770-720-5797 or gradstudies@reinhardt.edu or visit www.reinhardt.edu/MPA

Apply Now to Start Classes this Fall

Want to Start Classes at Reinhardt University this fall?

Apply Now for Reinhardt’s Traditional, Graduate, Adult or Online Programs

Why not wait til the last minute?

Earlier applicants may have more choices in regards to classes and class times, and more financial aid may be available.  Also graduate, adult, and online program applicants who submit all their application materials by May 1 won’t be charged an application fee. 

Students interested in starting classes this fall in Reinhardt University’s traditional, graduate, adult or online degree completion programs are encouraged to apply now.  Classes begin on the Waleska campus and at the North Fulton Center in Alpharetta, Ga., on August 19, 2013, but some programs have earlier start dates for those who are interested. 

Waleska Campus Provides Traditional College Experience

With residence halls, a myriad of student activities, and a scenic 525-acre campus, Reinhardt’s Waleska campus provides a personalized college experience.  With an emphasis on day classes, students can enjoy a whole person education where growth is fostered through athletic, service, spiritual, and academic activities. Reinhardt’s 41 academic degree programs are centered on small classes taught by professors who are experts in their fields and who set high expectations for the classroom.

To learn more about Reinhardt, come for a campus visit.  Tours are offered on the Waleska campus on weekdays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.  Accepted students are already registering for New Student Orientation, so prospective students are encouraged to apply now.  Please contact the Office of Admission for more information at 770-720-5526 or admissions@reinhardt.edu.

Meeting the Educational Needs of Adult Learners: Career-Focused, Convenient, Flexible

Degree Completion programs offered in business, public safety, criminal justice or healthcare administration

Reinhardt offers focused degree completion programs in business and public safety to help working adults complete their degrees.  Classes for these programs are offered in Alpharetta, Cartersville and Marietta.

For those interested in careers in criminal justice or healthcare administration, online degree completion programs are offered in these disciplines.

To learn more about these programs, prospective students are encouraged to request more information or to schedule an individualized appointment.  (Web pages and contact information are listed below.)

Graduate Programs Offer Indepth Learning

Earn a Master’s in Business, Education, Music or Public Administration

To provide master’s level work in business, education, music and public administration, Reinhardt has added graduate degrees.  Each has a distinctive emphasis and a specific application process.  All offer small classes, expert professors who value experience and class participation, and real-world content and applications.

To learn more about these graduate programs, prospective students are encouraged to request more information or to schedule an individualized appointment.  (Web pages and contact information are listed below.) 

For Specifics on Reinhardt Degree Programs

program
abbreviation

 subject program name next term students
can start classes
contact
number
 email
BCJ Criminal
Justice
Bachelor of Criminal Justice* (online) June 2013 770-720-5999

 

CJ@reinhardt.edu

BHA Healthcare
Admin.
Bachelor of Healthcare Administration* (online) summer 2013 770-720-5902 PJU@reinhardt.edu
GBS Business Bachelor of Arts in General Business Studies > * summer 2013 770-720-9191 nfmail@reinhardt.edu
MAT Education Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education > fall 2013 770-720-5577 GradStudies@reinhardt.edu
MBA Business Master of Business Administration > fall 2013 770-720-5953 GradStudies@reinhardt.edu
M.Ed./ECE Education Master of Education in Early Childhood Education > fall 2013 770-720-5953 GradStudies@reinhardt.edu
M.Ed/SPED Education Master of Education in Special Education > fall 2013 770-720-5953 GradStudies@reinhardt.edu
MM Music Master of Music > summer 2013 770-720-9221 DKM@reinhardt.edu
MPA Public
Admin.
Master of Public Administration fall 2013 770-720-9102 GradStudies@reinhardt.edu
OML Business Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership >* summer 2013 770-720-9191 nfmail@reinhardt.edu
PSL Public
Safety
Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Leadership
– Public Safety Leadership option >
*
summer 2013 770-720-9191 nfmail@reinhardt.edu
Reading
Endorsement
Education  Reading Endorsement May 2013 770-720-5953 JLC1@reinhardt.edu
WAIT Education Working Adults into Education – results in a Bachelor
of Science in Early Childhood Education >
*
summer 2013 770-720-5953 JLC1@reinhardt.edu

* degree completion programs

Will China Impact My Future? Find out at the China Conference April 5

Find out at a Half-Day Conference to be held at Reinhardt University on April 5, 2013

 Register Now

8:30 a.m.
Registration begins  

9 – 9:50 a.m.
Dr. John Garver
“American Pre-eminence and China’s Emergence as a Global Power.”
10 – 10:50 a.m.
Dr. Penny Prime
“Sustaining China’s Growth: New Leaders, New Directions”
11 – 11:50 a.m.
China Rising?
Reinhardt faculty
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
lunch and roundtable discussion
Community Room
W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center.
Lunch will be free for the first 50 registrants.

Almost every day in a newspaper, on the Internet, or watching television, we encounter China. How important is China economically and politically? Will China continue to grow in importance?  What do we need to know about China to be prepared for the future?

Community members, business owners and political leaders are invited to “China Rising?,” a half-day conference exploring the China of today and tomorrow, at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., on Friday, April 5, 2013. The morning lectures will be held in the Bannister Glass House, Hasty Student Life Center, and are open to the public free of charge.  The concluding panel discussion and luncheon will be in the W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center, and the first 50 registrants will get a free lunch.

Dr. Curtis G. Lindquist, professor of religion and philosophy at Reinhardt, has spearheaded the event, and he invited the featured speakers — Dr. John W. Garver, a professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and  Dr. Penny Prime, a professor with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the director of the China Research Center — because of their expertise in Chinese economic and political life and their decades of first-hand experience in and intensive academic study of China.

“Dr. Penny Prime is a recognized expert on China’s developing economy,” Lindquist said. “She has worked extensively with companies seeking to develop business ties with China. Dr. John Garver is a seasoned political observer and analyst of China’s political life. His more recent interests involve writing and speaking about China in its regional Asian setting.”

John GarverDr. John Garver

Garver has written nine books and more than 100 articles and monographs dealing with Chinese  foreign relations. He has served on the editorial boards of the several journals related to China and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  He has directed several university study programs in China and has conducted formal research in a number of Asian countries.  He has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Science, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Institute for Pakistan Studies.  Garver has a Ph.D. and M.S. in political science from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has lived in China, traveled widely throughout Eurasia, is fluent in Chinese and has taught that language to his two children.  

Dr. Penny PrimeDr. Penny Prime

Prime has focused her teaching and research on the development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy and business environment. Her most recent books are “Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?” (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and “Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges,” (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011).
Her experience includes directing study abroad programs; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.

Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College. She earned her Ph.D., and M.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Chinese Studies at the University of Denver.

The Year of Program at Reinhardt University

Through the “Year of” program, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff explore a specific region of the world each year.  During the 2012-13 year, the emphasis has been on China.  The Year of program began in 2003.

Will China Impact My Future? Find out at the China Conference April 5

Find out at a Half-Day Conference to be held at Reinhardt University on April 5, 2013

 Register Now

8:30 a.m.
Registration begins  

9 – 9:50 a.m.
Dr. John Garver
“American Pre-eminence and China’s Emergence as a Global Power.”
10 – 10:50 a.m.
Dr. Penny Prime
“Sustaining China’s Growth: New Leaders, New Directions”
11 – 11:50 a.m.
China Rising?
Reinhardt faculty
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
lunch and roundtable discussion
Community Room
W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center.
Lunch will be free for the first 50 registrants.

Almost every day in a newspaper, on the Internet, or watching television, we encounter China. How important is China economically and politically? Will China continue to grow in importance?  What do we need to know about China to be prepared for the future?

Community members, business owners and political leaders are invited to “China Rising?,” a half-day conference exploring the China of today and tomorrow, at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., on Friday, April 5, 2013. The morning lectures will be held in the Bannister Glass House, Hasty Student Life Center, and are open to the public free of charge.  The concluding panel discussion and luncheon will be in the W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center, and the first 50 registrants will get a free lunch.

Dr. Curtis G. Lindquist, professor of religion and philosophy at Reinhardt, has spearheaded the event, and he invited the featured speakers — Dr. John W. Garver, a professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and  Dr. Penny Prime, a professor with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the director of the China Research Center — because of their expertise in Chinese economic and political life and their decades of first-hand experience in and intensive academic study of China.

“Dr. Penny Prime is a recognized expert on China’s developing economy,” Lindquist said. “She has worked extensively with companies seeking to develop business ties with China. Dr. John Garver is a seasoned political observer and analyst of China’s political life. His more recent interests involve writing and speaking about China in its regional Asian setting.”

John GarverDr. John Garver

Garver has written nine books and more than 100 articles and monographs dealing with Chinese  foreign relations. He has served on the editorial boards of the several journals related to China and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  He has directed several university study programs in China and has conducted formal research in a number of Asian countries.  He has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Science, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Institute for Pakistan Studies.  Garver has a Ph.D. and M.S. in political science from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has lived in China, traveled widely throughout Eurasia, is fluent in Chinese and has taught that language to his two children.  

Dr. Penny PrimeDr. Penny Prime

Prime has focused her teaching and research on the development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy and business environment. Her most recent books are “Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?” (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and “Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges,” (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011).
Her experience includes directing study abroad programs; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.

Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College. She earned her Ph.D., and M.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Chinese Studies at the University of Denver.

The Year of Program at Reinhardt University

Through the “Year of” program, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff explore a specific region of the world each year.  During the 2012-13 year, the emphasis has been on China.  The Year of program began in 2003.

Will China Impact My Future? Find out at the China Conference April 5

Find out at a Half-Day Conference to be held at Reinhardt University on April 5, 2013

 Register Now

8:30 a.m.
Registration begins  

9 – 9:50 a.m.
Dr. John Garver
“American Pre-eminence and China’s Emergence as a Global Power.”
10 – 10:50 a.m.
Dr. Penny Prime
“Sustaining China’s Growth: New Leaders, New Directions”
11 – 11:50 a.m.
China Rising?
Reinhardt faculty
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
lunch and roundtable discussion
Community Room
W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center.
Lunch will be free for the first 50 registrants.

Almost every day in a newspaper, on the Internet, or watching television, we encounter China. How important is China economically and politically? Will China continue to grow in importance?  What do we need to know about China to be prepared for the future?

Community members, business owners and political leaders are invited to “China Rising?,” a half-day conference exploring the China of today and tomorrow, at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Ga., on Friday, April 5, 2013. The morning lectures will be held in the Bannister Glass House, Hasty Student Life Center, and are open to the public free of charge.  The concluding panel discussion and luncheon will be in the W. Frank and Evelyn J. Gordy Center, and the first 50 registrants will get a free lunch.

Dr. Curtis G. Lindquist, professor of religion and philosophy at Reinhardt, has spearheaded the event, and he invited the featured speakers — Dr. John W. Garver, a professor with the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and  Dr. Penny Prime, a professor with the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and the director of the China Research Center — because of their expertise in Chinese economic and political life and their decades of first-hand experience in and intensive academic study of China.

“Dr. Penny Prime is a recognized expert on China’s developing economy,” Lindquist said. “She has worked extensively with companies seeking to develop business ties with China. Dr. John Garver is a seasoned political observer and analyst of China’s political life. His more recent interests involve writing and speaking about China in its regional Asian setting.”

John GarverDr. John Garver

Garver has written nine books and more than 100 articles and monographs dealing with Chinese  foreign relations. He has served on the editorial boards of the several journals related to China and is a member of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.  He has directed several university study programs in China and has conducted formal research in a number of Asian countries.  He has received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Science, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Institute for Pakistan Studies.  Garver has a Ph.D. and M.S. in political science from the University of Colorado and a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has lived in China, traveled widely throughout Eurasia, is fluent in Chinese and has taught that language to his two children.  

Dr. Penny PrimeDr. Penny Prime

Prime has focused her teaching and research on the development of emerging markets, with a particular emphasis on China’s economy and business environment. Her most recent books are “Global Giant: Is China Changing the Rules of the Game?” (co-edited with Eva Paus and Jon Western, Palgrave McMillan, 2009) and “Taiwan’s Democracy: Economic and Political Challenges,” (co-edited with Robert Ash and John W. Garver, Routledge, 2011).
Her experience includes directing study abroad programs; conducting field research in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong; analyzing China’s economy for the Center for International Research at the U.S. Bureau of the Census from 1991-1998; and working with companies on China strategy, business environment, negotiations and cultural understanding.

Prime is also the founder and director of the China Research Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to research and education about contemporary China. Before joining the GSU faculty, Dr. Prime taught at Mercer University, Kennesaw State University, and Carleton College. She earned her Ph.D., and M.A. in Economics at the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Chinese Studies at the University of Denver.

The Year of Program at Reinhardt University

Through the “Year of” program, Reinhardt students, faculty and staff explore a specific region of the world each year.  During the 2012-13 year, the emphasis has been on China.  The Year of program began in 2003.

44 Reinhardt Students Named to Who’s Who List for 2013

44 Reinhardt Students Named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2013

Each year Reinhardt University, along with more than 1,400 other colleges and universities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, honors those undergraduate and graduate students who have made significant contributions to their campus in the areas of scholarship, leadership, and campus involvement by selecting them to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

The 44 Reinhardt University students named to Who’s Who for 2013 include:

Kristen Abernathy, a graduate student from Alpharetta, Ga.

Aaron Avera, a junior from Pembroke, Ga.

Jacquelyn Baker, a senior from Waleska, Ga.

Ginger Bartlett-Plett, a graduate student from Roswell, Ga.

Patricia Barton, a senior from Winder, Ga.

Phoebe Budd, a senior from Waleska, Ga.

Trenn Carnes, a junior from Chatsworth, Ga.

Melanie Carroll, a graduate student from Marietta, Ga.

Heather Cato, a graduate student from Canton, Ga.

Dana Childers, a graduate student from Fairmount, Ga.

Elizabeth Coe, a junior from Cumming, Ga.

Stephen Cole, a graduate student from Rydal, Ga.

Stephanie Collette, a graduate student from Ball Ground, Ga.

Kelly Coltrane, a graduate student from Alpharetta, Ga.

Wade Davis, a junior from Canton, Ga.

Alexandra Dunn, a junior from Woodstock, Ga.

Caroline Folsom, a junior from Dallas, Ga.

Lily Freeman, a senior from Canton, Ga.

Joel Griswell, a senior from Conyers, Ga.

Brianna Hendrickson, a senior from Canton, Ga.

Sarah Hewett, a senior from Richmond Hill, Ga.

Courtney Holcombe, a junior from Adairsville, Ga.

Christopher Lawhorne, a senior from Woodstock, Ga.

Audrey Massey, a graduate student from Lawrenceville, Ga.

Kimberly Nickels, a graduate student from Woodstock, Ga.

Katherine Paradiso, a graduate student from Villa Rica, Ga.

Leslie Pauley, a graduate student from Canton, Ga.

Jennifer Ratchford, a junior from Woodstock, Ga.

Leslie Ratchford, a senior from Woodstock, Ga.

Charity Reilly, a graduate student from Cumming, Ga.

Kellie Richardson, a junior from Kennesaw, Ga.

Christy Santos, a graduate student from Acworth, Ga.

Marjorie Saviano, a junior from Acworth, Ga.

Elizabeth Scoretz, a graduate student from Canton, Ga.

Jessica Simmons, a graduate student from Dallas, Ga.

Brandon Sosebee, a junior from Ball Ground, Ga.

Drew Spafford, a junior from Waleska, Ga.

Kody Spaniak, a junior from Fairmount, Ga.

Sloane Stafford, a senior from Chatsworth, Ga.

Meaghan Stokes, a senior from Alpharetta, Ga.

Katie Swan, a graduate student from Canton, Ga.

Katlyn Thacker, a graduate student from Canton, Ga.

Julie Welch, a graduate student from Canton, Ga.

Victoria White, a junior from Canton, Ga.

“The faculty, staff and students of the University wish to thank these outstanding students for what they have meant to our institution,” said Dr. Walter May, director of student activities and assistant dean of students. “Our success as an institution has been built on the efforts and accomplishments of students such as these.”

Who’s Who Background

Who’s Who is one of the most highly regarded and long-standing honors programs in the nation, having earned the overwhelming respect of college faculties and administrations. And for the students – the outstanding campus leaders of the year – national recognition by the Who’s Who program marks a pinnacle of scholastic and extracurricular achievement. The aim of Who’s Who Among Students program is to recognize young adults who enhance the positive image of American youth through their contributions to their community and college through their curricular and extracurricular involvements.

Selections to Who’s Who Among Students are made by individual schools through nominating upperclassmen students eligible for the program. Only upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) students matriculating in a four-year undergraduate curriculum with a 3.5 GPA are eligible for nomination to Who’s Who Among Students.

If you would like to seek out additional information on Who’s Who Among Students you may visit their website at www.whoswhoamongstudents.com

 

Reinhardt MAT Cohort Utilizes Skype Technology in Classroom Instruction

Master of Arts in Teaching Cohort Utilizes Skype Technology in Classroom Instruction

MAT CohortFive members of a Reinhardt Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) cohort sit together conversing before class starts for the day. A large projection screen is stretched across the front of the room, with a camera pointed in their direction. It’s 2 p.m. and class has now officially started, but there’s no class instructor in sight. Within minutes, a ringing sound can be heard throughout the classroom and up pops the face of Dr. Georgann Toop, assistant professor of education, on the screen. She is miles away from  her pre-service teaching students, but is able to allow them the opportunity to collaborate, interact and learn from a group of fifth graders in the STEM Academy at Clark Creek Elementary School.

A community of learners.

“For my course EDU 565: Science Inquiry Based Learning, Skyping created an opportunity for Reinhardt’s pre-service education students from both campuses – Main and North Fulton – to come together as a community of learners to virtually visit the Clark Creek Elementary STEM Academy within Cherokee County School District (CCSD),” said Toop. “These master level education students were able to observe students in a STEM lab completing robotics lessons. Yes…we were using technology to observe students use technology to build robotics and make them animated! I felt it was critical for the pre-service students to keep up with the current changes that are taking place in technology and science education that are offered in so few schools thus far.”

MAT Skype“Technology should play a vital role in the classroom.”

With up to 80% of all jobs now being created in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), the understanding, use and real-world application or integration of technological skills will play a pivotal role in student’s lives; therefore, Toop has embraced the BYOLD (Bring Your Own Learning Device) Model and is incorporating more technology into her courses.

“Technology should play a vital role in meeting the needs of all our students from pre-service teachers at Reinhardt who are preparing to enter the teaching profession down to kindergartners at the elementary level—especially in the world of their future!” said Toop. “In order for our Reinhardt graduates to be successful in the workforce, we must provide them experiences with more advanced technology so that they, along with K-12 grade students, will be prepared for successful participation in our 21st Century global society.”

Opportunities to observe, interact and share.

MAT SkypeThe hour-long Skype session gave opportunities for the Reinhardt MAT students to observe the elementary students completing their robotics projects, ask critical, thought-provoking questions of students and the STEM/classroom teachers, and for the Clark Creek teachers and students to share their expertise on STEM concepts and its real world applications.

“Within a short period of time and although miles apart, both Reinhardt and Clark Creek students went from not knowing one another to observing, interacting, learning, and collaborating with each other,” Toop said. “Skyping is a very easy way for us to collaborate with others be it talking to experts, observing students work on projects in a classroom setting, asking teachers questions or sharing ideas and creating wonderful learning experiences with educators from around the globe.”

Making education accessible through the use of technology.

Skyping is just one way to make education accessible through the use of technology. By modeling the implementation of Skyping in the classroom, the Reinhardt MAT students now know the power of this 21st century technology: it removes the barriers they may run into to communicate or connect to schools and classrooms within our own county or around the world and offers a plethora of learning opportunities not available in previous years.

Master of Arts in Teaching in Early Childhood Education at Reinhardt

Approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC), the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program in Early Childhood Education at Reinhardt is designed for college graduates with undergraduate degrees in fields other than education who are planning a career in the teaching profession and are seeking initial certification. Completion of the MAT program leads to a master’s degree and recommendation for a Georgia Level 5 Certificate in Early Childhood (P-5) Education.

Designed for adult students, classes are offered in the evening through face-to-face or online delivery at two locations—the  North Fulton Center in Alpharetta and the Main Campus in Waleska (northwestern Cherokee County). Students complete two classes (six hours) during each 8-Week Session, earning a total of 12 hours per semester. Created as a Cohort Model—one group of students takes all their courses together—the program takes three semesters (fall/spring; fall) to complete coursework, then one semester (spring) of full-time student teaching after all coursework is completed.

About Reinhardt University

Founded in 1883, Reinhardt University is focused on shaping lives and building futures. As a private comprehensive university affiliated with the United Methodist Church, Reinhardt offers 40 graduate and undergraduate programs, ranging from business and education to music and theater. 

Reinhardt has two locations- a residential campus in Cherokee County in Waleska, Ga., and a center focused on adults in Alpharetta, Ga., and it offers selected programs in Cartersville, Marietta, and Woodstock, Ga. Additional attractions on the Waleska campus include the Falany Performing Arts Center and the Funk Heritage Center.

For more information, please contact Reinhardt at 770-720-5526 or 1-87-REINHARDT or see the University website at www.reinhardt.edu.

Reinhardt Closed on Labor Day

Reinhardt University to be closed on Labor Day, Sept. 3, 2012 

Reinhardt University offices are closed, and classes are not held, on selected holidays throughout the year. 

 ”University Closed” means:

  • Students do not report to class;
  • Faculty and staff need not report;
  • Residence Halls are open to house residential students;
  • The Gordy Center (campus dining facility) schedule varies.  Please call 770-720-5611 or see the Gordy Center website to check day and hours.

For additional details, please see the complete holiday listing >