County College of Morris (CCM) and Drew University recently signed a pioneering agreement that will provide graduate students enrolled in Drew’s Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) program with the opportunity to earn a certificate in community college teaching and learning.
The Two-Year College Teaching Certificate program, which will launch Fall 2011, consists of four three-credit courses: an introduction to teaching in the two-year college, team taught at Drew by CCM and Drew faculty; two courses from the D.Litt. program; and an internship where doctoral students will participate in teaching CCM classes.
“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,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM. “Through this program, we will be able to provide a pool of doctoral students who understand the community college mission, its goals and students.”
“This is a great day in the history of Drew University,” said Dr. Robert Weisbuch, president of Drew. “Our hope is that this program will spur other universities and community colleges to work together to provide students with valuable learning tracks.”
The signing of the agreement took place at CCM on Friday, January 21, and was attended by faculty members and administrators from Drew and CCM.
The D.Litt. program at Drew stresses a broad liberal arts education at the graduate level. Only a few D.Litt. programs exist within the U.S., the most well known being the one offered at Drew. Students who earn their D.Litt. degree and the Two-Year College Teaching Certificate would be prepared to seek teaching positions in such disciplines as English and philosophy at the community college level.
Since its opening in 1968, CCM has provided Morris County, New Jersey and the surrounding region with an outstanding, affordable education. Today, CCM offers 66 associate degree programs, along with more than 30 certificate programs and 300 non-credit courses, for those seeking to improve and enrich their lives. For more information, visit www.ccm.edu.