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Open House Set for Mercer's Newest Ph.D. Program

March 28, 2006

Media Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037
Open House Contact:
Natalie Fason
(678) 547-6563 

ATLANTA — Mercer University's Tift College of Education will hold an informational session for teachers and school administrators interested in Mercer's Educational Leadership program, including the Master of Education in Educational Leadership and the new Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. The drop-in open house will be from Tuesday, April 11, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in the Trustees Dining Room at Mercer's Cecil B. Day Campus in Atlanta, 3001 Mercer University Drive.


The new Ph.D. program is designed to help meet the growing need for qualified school administrators within the state of Georgia. Mercer will offer the Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership on its Macon and Atlanta campuses. The Ph.D. program has two tracks: P-12 School Leadership, which will begin this fall and provide a terminal degree in educational leadership for those wanting to become school and school system leaders; and a Higher Education Administration track, which is scheduled to begin in fall 2007.


Classes will be held in the evenings and on Saturdays during the school year and include summer courses as well, allowing in-service teachers and administrators to further their education while continuing to work. This P-12 Track will be open to candidates who have experience as teachers and hold an initial school leadership certification (L-5) from the Professional Standards Commission. Candidates can complete their coursework in nine semesters, which will take a minimum of three years.


Begun in 2005, Mercer's M.Ed. in Educational Leadership is designed to prepare teachers to become school leaders. The program is offered in cohorts in Macon, Atlanta and Henry County. Designed to assist educators in the development of leadership knowledge and skills, the program is for individuals who wish to prepare themselves for administrative or supervisory positions of instructional leadership. The two-year program is based on the latest educational leadership standards and fulfills the requirements for the master's degree in Educational Leadership.  Further, add-on initial certification in educational leadership is offered for candidates who currently hold master's degrees in education.


            For more information about these programs or the open house, please contact Natalie Fason at (678) 547-6563 or (678) 547-6100.


About Mercer University:

Founded in 1833, Mercer University has campuses in Macon and Atlanta as well as three regional academic centers. With 10 schools and colleges, the University offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, education, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law and theology. For 16 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has named Mercer University as one of the leading universities in the South.