Students looking to further their education had the opportunity to visit JSU’s Graduate Open House on November 18, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. inside Ramona Wood Hall.

The fair was put on by Curriculum and Instruction, which provides both undergraduate and graduate programs in fields such as Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education.

According to Dr. Janet Bavonese, Interim Department Head, the fair is for potential graduate students looking to enroll in a graduate program in Education.

The faculty has been getting the word out about graduate opportunities to various schools and cities around the Calhoun County area such as Jacksonville, Anniston and Gadsden.

Various professors from Curriculum and Instruction were available to prospective students to provide information and assistance in enrolling for a graduate program. A student could sit down with teachers from Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Special Education. Refreshments and JSU branded gifts were available.

There are two opportunities for students after an undergraduate degree. According to Dr. Bavonese, there is the traditional route for those who are already certified as a teacher. For those who are not certified, an alternative program is available.

“An alternative student has to undergo many of the same things that undergraduates do for their initial certification,” said Bavonese.

The average length of time for a graduate program is around two years.

The graduate programs are offered only online. For more information on graduate programs, students can contact Curriculum and Instruction at 256-782-5091.

Taylor Brown
Staff Writer

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