A new certificate program will launch in 2011 and be available to D.Litt. students.

MADISON, NJ—A new partnership between Drew University and the County College of Morris (CCM) will give students in Drew’s doctor of letters (D.Litt.) program the opportunity to move to the head of the class.  The two schools announced on January 21 that they will jointly offer a new certificate program to students currently pursuing the D.Litt. at Drew aimed at qualifying them for teaching positions at two-year colleges.

“Community colleges are the fastest growing sector of higher education, so there’s a high demand for faculty,” said Bill Rogers, associate dean of Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.  “Drew’s doctoral programs have a long history of placing graduates in community college teaching positions—at schools like CCM—, which makes this new program a natural fit for both institutions.”

The two-year college teaching certificate program, which will launch the Fall of 2011, will comprise four three-credit courses: an introduction to teaching in the two year-college, team taught at Drew by Drew and CCM faculty; two courses from the existing D.Litt. program; and a supervised internship at CCM where doctoral students will participate in the teaching of CCM classes.  Students who earn their D.Litt. degree and the certificate in community college teaching and learning would potentially be qualified to teach in such disciplines as English and philosophy at the community college level.

“Community colleges are an essential and rapidly growing part of the higher education ecology and Drew wants to contribute to the high quality of instruction that can exist there,” said Drew President Robert Weisbuch.  “CCM is a great partner, a shining example of what a community college can be.  This partnership also means to promote an awareness of how different kinds of institutions can work together for the mutual benefit of students at both places.”

CCM President Edward Yaw looks forward to taking part in the training scholar-teachers who are not only capable, but also have an understanding of and an investment in the mission of community colleges.

“This is a tremendous new program that offers a model for creating a pipeline of graduate students who are prepared to become community college professors,” he says.  “Through this program, we will be able to provide a pool of doctoral students who understand the community college mission, its goals and students.”


Posted: January 27, 2011