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WBC to launch master's program

Williams Baptist College is set to launch its first master's degree program. The liberal arts college in Walnut Ridge has received approval from its accrediting agency to begin offering a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

The Higher Learning Commission gave its final approval this week for Williams to begin the master's program, which will be completely online. Enrollment will begin in March, with classes set to start in May, according to Dr. Brad Baine, WBC's academic dean.

"This approval will allow Williams to provide graduate students the opportunity to enter the teaching profession," Baine said. "An individual that meets the criteria of admission into the Williams MAT program and has completed the Arkansas Department of Education requirements for a provisional teaching license becomes immediately eligible to be hired in a school district."

Baine said the program is open to those who have received a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts degree and taken the necessary education licensure exams.

Dr. RoseMary Weaver, dean of graduate and online programs at WBC, is heading the new master's program. She noted the Williams MAT program will be flexible to accommodate the schedules of its students.

"This is not your typical 'go to class' degree. The Masters of Arts in Teaching at WBC is online, and quality is the standard," Weaver said. "It also allows students to take advantage of the respected status of Williams Baptist College educators."

The Williams Teacher Education Program at WBC offers bachelor's degrees in eight different majors and has produced hundreds of teachers over the past two decades.

Those interested in the Williams MAT program can contact Dr. Weaver at rweaver@wbcoll.edu or 870-759-4230.

Williams Baptist College was founded in 1941 and has an average enrollment of 500 students.

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