SIUE School of Education to offer new master's degree

News-DemocratApril 10, 2014 

The Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Education will introduce a master's in education in college student personnel administration which will be available in the fall.

The new program will serve students holding a bachelor's with a career interest in student personnel administration. The Illinois Board of Higher Education approved the new program April 1.

"The School of Education is extremely enthusiastic about the addition of this excellent program, which builds on the strengths of the faculty and addresses a very specific need in the region," Bette Bergeron, dean of the School of Education, said. "By combining cutting-edge research and applied coursework with practicum experiences, students will have the opportunity to work directly in the field and with other professionals to develop critical leadership skills to enhance their careers in higher education."

The program is designed to prepare students to succeed in entry- to mid-level student affairs or higher education administration positions in two-year or four-year public and private institutions. The program was developed in keeping with the standards and guidelines for master's level student affairs professional preparation programs, as set forth by the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education.

"This high quality program in student affairs administration will be an outstanding program, because we have tenured and tenure-track faculty teaching the first two semesters of courses and beyond," said Laurie Puchner, professor and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership. "For example, one full-time member of the department, who will be teaching one of the fall 2014 courses, holds a Juris Doctor in addition to a Ph.D. and specializes in higher education and the law, higher education administration and the history of higher education."

The 36-hour program includes 27 hours of coursework in college student personnel administration, six hours of practicum and three hours of final research project. The program will be able to be completed with two years of part-time study.

The program will be delivered primarily in the evenings, so that students who work full-time will be able to attend. The goal is 25 enrolled students for the first cohort beginning in September.

For more information, contact Jeff Chitwood in the Office of Admissions at or 618-650-2741.

The Lindenwood University-Belleville Speaker Series will continue with Alesia Hamilton and Alferd Williams presenting their story of "Reading the Dream" at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Lindenwood Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

An inspiring message about literacy and the impact of education, the story of Hamilton and Williams has been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, People Magazine and CNN Heroes.

Hamilton is a first-grade teacher at Hosea Elementary School in St. Joseph, Mo., with 25 years of teaching experience in kindergarten, second-grade and reading recovery. Hamilton and 75-year-old Williams met in 2005 when the adult non-reader walked some children to school. In the summer of 2006, Hamilton began tutoring Williams. That fall, he joined her class and has been volunteering and learning alongside 6- and 7-year-olds for seven years. Williams says now that his mother's prayer has been answered, and now that he can read, he will spend the rest of his life in school.

If you are looking for a new job or a new career, head to SWIC for its Spring Job Fair.

The fair runs from 9 a.m. until noon, April 23 in the Belleville Campus Varsity Gym at 2500 Carlyle Ave. All job seekers are welcome and should arrive dressed to impress with plenty of copies of their resumes. The job fair is open to the public.

As part of the event, job seekers are encouraged to attend the free workshop, "Make a Job Fair Work for You." This short workshop, provided by SWIC Southwestern Illinois workNET staff, will run every 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 a.m.

More than 50 employers representing a variety of career fields are expected to attend the fair sponsored by SWIC Career Activities and Employment Center. Represented career fields include education, nonprofit, financial services, security, law enforcement, retail sales and more.

Visit for a complete list of attending companies.

For more information, call the SWIC Career Activities and Employment Center at 618-235-2700, ext. 5562, or toll free in Illinois at 866-942-SWIC (7942), ext. 5562.

Contact reporter Scott Wuerz at or 618-239-2626.

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