Ruthie Vargas, a Southwestern Adventist University alum and educator from Oklahoma, says she never planned to do her master’s degree, she just needed some continuing education credits for her teaching license. However, when she spoke with Southwestern Adventist University’s Interim Vice President for Academic Administration, Donna Berkner, Vargas decided to take a few master’s classes. When she set foot on campus for her first three-week intensive, she made up her mind.
“I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into class that first day, but I found a family in the colleagues that sat around me, and in the professors that took special care to create a wonderful place to grow and learn. By the end of my first summer of graduate classes, I already knew that I would definitely be signing up for next year,” Vargas said.
Vargas is one of many Southwestern Adventist University alums who has decided to continue her higher education where it began and enroll in the University’s summer intensive Master of Education (M.Ed.) Program.
The M.Ed. Program, like the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling and Psychology Program, can be taken online or can be completed via “three-week intensives” over four summers on campus.
With these nontraditional options, the programs are ideal for working professionals like Vargas.Students who choose the summer intensive option, however, still get to enjoy a traditional classroom setting, where they participate in “energizing and engaging conversations with other teachers coming right out of the field,” Berkner said.
Interim Chair of the Department of Education & Psychology, Cheryl The, who specializes in Curriculum and Instruction in Literacy, concurs: