YHC Introduces Teacher Preparation Program

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5310, kndean@yhc.edu

Young Harris College Introduces Teacher Preparation Program
Certification Programs in Early Childhood Education, Middle Grades Education, Music Education and Four Secondary Areas to be offered in August 2011

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College has earned approval from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) to offer certification programs in early childhood education (P-5), middle grades education (4-8), music education (P-12), English education (6-12), history education (6-12), mathematics education (6-12), and broad field science education (6-12).

Earlier this year, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved the addition of the following degree programs: bachelor of science in education (early childhood education), bachelor of science in education (middle grades education), bachelor of music education with choral or instrumental emphasis, and bachelor of science in mathematics.

These four degree programs, along with degrees in English, history and biology, provide pathways for the seven initial certification programs to be offered beginning in August 2011. In addition, the PSC also approved the Young Harris College Teacher Preparation Program to offer post-baccalaureate programs in these seven initial certifications for candidates who already hold a bachelor’s or higher degree and wish to add certification only.

“We are delighted to offer this Teacher Preparation Program to our students,” Young Harris College President Cathy Cox said. “Whether our students want to obtain baccalaureate degrees in education or receive teaching certifications to supplement their majors, our extensive program offerings will allow them to pursue many exciting careers in the field of education.”

The College received notification Thursday afternoon that the Georgia Professional Standards Commission had approved the seven certification areas for the Young Harris College Teacher Preparation Program.

“I am grateful to have been able to work with a president like Cathy Cox, the strong management team, excellent arts and sciences faculty and our wonderful public school colleagues in bringing about this approval of our Teacher Preparation Program,” Education Department Chair and Professor of Education Bill Brown, Ph.D., said. “We feel strongly that it will continue to build upon those standards of excellence that are trademark to the great academic and service traditions of Young Harris College.”

The new majors join the existing bachelor’s degree programs—biology, business and public policy, history, outdoor leadership, English, communication studies, music, musical theatre and theatre—for a total of 13 new baccalaureate programs added since the College was awarded four-year status in December 2008.

In May 2011, the College conferred its first bachelor’s degrees in nearly a century, awarding 40 baccalaureate degrees to a class of seniors who will attend graduate and professional programs at such institutions as Georgia Health Sciences University, North Georgia College & State University and The Ohio State University.

In addition to expanding its academic program, Young Harris College has been adding faculty and staff at a record pace, hiring more than 135 new employees over the last three academic years to accommodate student enrollment growth.

In August 2010, Young Harris College broke all previous enrollment records with the largest fall enrollment in the College’s history of 819 students on campus. The College plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years.

To accommodate the anticipated rise in admissions in conjunction with its growth, the College has developed a 10-year master plan to expand its facilities. Many new building projects recently have been completed, including a 200-bed LEED-certified residence hall and the 57,000-square-foot Recreation and Fitness Center that features a state-of-the-art 1,100-seat, NCAA-regulation arena that serves as the new home of Mountain Lions basketball. The college’s development plan also calls for a 148-bed “upperclassmen village,” set to open in August 2011, as well as a 125,000-square-foot campus center that will house a new dining hall, student center and library. 

Click here to find out more about the Young Harris College Teacher Preparation Program.

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 800 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, and a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.