Meredith Offers New Options to Meet Workforce Needs

In 2011, Meredith College launched five new academic programs to provide graduates with skills needed to thrive in today's workforce. These new programs include graduate, post-baccalaureate and undergraduate options.
For college graduates, Meredith has added a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in teaching English as a Second Language; a Business Foundations Certificate; and a Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate. Graduate programs, including post-baccalaureate programs are open to women and men.

"We have expanded our offerings for people with college degrees who are interested in making a career change or would like to enhance their skills in ways that will make them more in demand in their current field," said Elizabeth Wolfinger, vice president for academic planning and programs. “We look at the economic drivers in North Carolina, and determine how Meredith can best meet the areas of need in the state’s workforce.”

Meredith's new Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in English as a Second Language serves people who have bachelor's degrees in disciplines other than education, who are committed to becoming teachers, and who are seeking initial N.C. teaching licensure. Graduates of the new MAT in ESL program will be prepared to fill greatly needed ESL teaching positions in North Carolina. Teachers who hold licensure in other areas can complete ESL licensure at Meredith in order to diversify and adapt to North Carolina’s changing educational system.

In addition to the new MAT in ESL, Meredith College now offers a new "5+ Plan" option that allows students to complete an undergraduate degree and the MAT program with one additional year of study. Qualified undergraduates will be able to take MAT courses. This program is also open to students at other colleges.

The Business Foundations Certificate is designed for recent college graduates from non-business backgrounds who would like to gain business expertise. The certificate is also attractive for prospective MBA students who do not yet have the two years of work experience that Meredith’s MBA program requires. These students can complete the Business Foundations Certificate while gaining work experience.

If medical school or another health-related professions a person's objective, Meredith's new Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate will lead to success. This program offers two distinct tracks: a pre-health careers preparation track that is designed for students who have a baccalaureate degree but do not have the prerequisite coursework for admission to medical school or other healthcare educational programs; or an enhancement track, designed for students who need academic enhancement for their medical school application. Meredith will begin enrolling students in this program in summer 2012. For more information on the Pre-Health Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, contact Professor of Biology Francie Cuffney, program coordinator, at or (919) 760-2879.

Support in Careers Where Women Are Underrepresented

On the undergraduate level, in 2011 Meredith became the first women's college in North Carolina to offer a Bachelor of Arts in criminology.

Students in Meredith's engineering dual degree program can now complete a mechanical engineering degree, in addition to the six other options offered since 2005 through a unique partnership with NC State University.

"When developing new programs on the undergraduate level, Meredith College aims to find fields in which women are underrepresented," Wolfinger said. "Criminology and mechanical engineering fit that goal."

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