Message from the Dean
Welcome to Samford! If you're a student considering your college choices, let me give you a few reasons to consider majoring in one of the many subjects offered in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences:
An emphasis on lasting value
Students are sometimes attracted to "fad" courses and "practical degrees." Neither of these has much lasting value. A few years ago taking a course on "Working with Windows XP" or "How to Program your Palm Pilot" would have been trendy. Now, having such courses on your transcript would be an embarassment. At Samford our emphasis is on those ideas that have stood the test of time.
News and Events
Fifth-Year Program Offers Master's Degree, Teaching Certificate
Samford's Fifth Year Non Traditional (FYNT) master's degree and secondary teacher certification program is designed for graduates of an accredited university who already have a B.A. or B.S. degree and want to teach in grades 6-12.
The program accommodates those working part or full-time, including those currently teaching with provisional certificates. To this end, courses are offered in the late afternoon, evening, or Saturdays. Since observation in a variety of classroom settings is a vital component of teacher education, teacher candidates enrolled in the program are required to complete a minimum of 10-65 observation hours per term, depending upon their course schedule. Students who work full-time must be willing to use leave or vacation time to complete this requirement. At the end of the program, the internship semester requires a full-day commitment to an assigned classroom setting. It is possible, when teaching with a provisional certificate, to obtain permission to overlap one’s regular teaching assignment with the internship experience.
The program is composed of 36 credit hours (depending upon prospective student’s transcript) plus any prerequisite credit hours necessary for admission. Of this total of 36 hours, 24 hours are in professional courses, including the internship, and 12 are in the student’s chosen content area or teaching field. If candidates pace themselves to advance with their cohort group, the program can be completed in 16-18 months.
Samford’s FYNT program offers degrees in the following areas
General Social Studies