Centre establishes partnership with Vanderbilt and introduces Cargill Education Fellows Program
February 2, 2012 By Elizabeth Trollinger
create a program that will help Centre graduates obtain a
Master’s of Education. The Cargill Education Fellows Program
has been established to give students opportunities to fulfill
projects relating to education.
Students at Centre who are interested in education now have two new opportunities to fulfill those interests.
Centre recently partnered with Peabody College of Vanderbilt University to create a program that will allow Centre graduates to obtain a Master’s of Education, and the College is working to establish a similar program with the University of Louisville.
“We are very excited about the new partnership that we have entered into with the Peabody College, one of the nation’s premier schools for educating future teachers,” says Beth Glazier-McDonald, Interim Associate Dean H.W. Stodghill Jr. and Adele H. Stodghill Professor of Religion. “Our partnership will offer Centre students a pathway that will enable them to get both an M.Ed. degree and professional education licensure.”
Courses students take at Centre will be counted as credits toward the education license.
“Students who are seeking a master’s degree with an elementary education endorsement may enter Peabody in either the summer or fall, with coursework continuing in the spring and summer, and concluding with student teaching in the fall,” Glazier-McDonald says. “For students who want a master’s with secondary education endorsement, the program lasts one calendar year.”
The partnership with Vanderbilt promises to be highly beneficial to Centre students.
“Although Centre students aren’t guaranteed admission to the graduate program at Peabody College, this partnership will streamline the application process and encourage effective preparation of future teachers,” says Glazier-McDonald.
Centre has also recently established the Cargill Education Fellows Program on campus, which gives students funding to complete a variety of projects relating to education — including internships, research experiences and more.
“The Cargill Education Fellows Program came to us from a grant through Cargill Funds for Education,” says Assistant Professor of Education Sarah Murray. “This is an opportunity for us to explore unique experiences for our students related to education, and is timely for our education program.”
Students interested in the Cargill Program will present proposals to Career Services for the education projects they would like to work on.
“Students can receive up to $4,000 for their projects,” says Mindy Wilson, assistant director for employer relations and internships in Centre’s Career Services. “Any of that can go towards housing or supplies — and up to $1,500 can be pure stipend.”
Those involved with the Cargill Program hope students will create projects based around communities in need.
“We want to emphasize underserved or under-represented populations, like inner city or Appalachian communities,” Wilson says. “We want students to do research into what the communities actually need. This is also a good way to give back to our own community.”
Murray hopes that the Cargill Fellowships will show students that education is important outside the classroom.
“Through this, students can see that there are opportunities beyond the classroom for those interested in education — museums and parks, for example, also have educational opportunities, as well as numerous other organizations,” she says.
“I hope they’ll be able to explore different careers in the field of education,” Wilson agrees. “Most students who are doing education understand that the classroom can be the final destination, but most of them think that’s the only destination. We want them to see that there are lots of areas where education is needed.”
The Cargill Program is open to everyone, not just education majors and minors.
“Some students may not be in the education program at all, but may want to do work in education, and the Cargill scholarships will help them,” Wilson says. “Many students go abroad and teach after graduation, but many of them don’t teach before that. These Fellowships can benefit those students.”
The deadline to apply for a Cargill scholarship is April 2. For more information, click here.
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Centre College, founded in 1819 and chosen to host its second Vice Presidential Debate in 2012, is ranked among the U.S. News top 50 national liberal arts colleges, at 42nd in the nation, and ranks 27th for best value among national liberal arts colleges. Forbes magazine ranks Centre 34th among all the nation’s colleges and universities and has named Centre in the top five among all institutions of higher education in the South for three years in a row. Centre is also ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News for its study abroad program. For more, click here.