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2010 19
Students Complete B.S.
in Elementary Education
Degree at Night
By Mary Ann Beahon
Two years ago, William Woods University
expanded its offerings for working adults
in the mid-Missouri area by introducing a
bachelor of science in elementary
education (BSEE) degree program
in the evening.
During May’s commencement, the frst
eight graduates of that program walked
across the stage of Cutlip Auditorium.
Jennifer Bish
of Jefferson City, Mo.,
was one of them.
“I am very proud to be a graduate of
William Woods and to be part of the frst
BSEE cohort,” she said. “I learned so
much from the program, not only from all
of the wonderful instructors, but also from
my classmates … I have discovered new
things about the world of education and
about myself that I never would
have known.”
Bish, who previously held an associate’s
degree, will teach ffth- and sixth-grades
at a parochial school this fall. “WWU gave
me the chance to accomplish this dream,”
she said.
The BSEE is the same elementary educa-
tion degree program students complete
during the day on the Fulton campus—but
classes are held at night, in Columbia or
Jefferson City.
The evening program allows working
adults to complete the bachelor’s degree
and earn certifcation to teach grades
1-6 while they continue working full-time.
Those who have previously completed a
bachelor’s degree can join the cohort to
complete the certifcation requirements
without having to complete a second
The degree program is approved by the
Department of Elementary and Second-
ary Education and fully accredited.
Once all common studies courses are
completed, students attending evening
classes may obtain a BSEE degree in 28
months, including student teaching. The
student teaching clinical experience will
be completed in a public school class-
room during a 12-week block at the end
of the program.
of Missouri and northern Arkansas. Our
hope is that William Woods University can
become a valued member of the Branson
The Grand Vista Center property is
owned by Christina and Dimitri Tsahiridis,
whose daughter,
Elizabeth Farris
, is a
graduate of William Woods and a
member of its board of trustees.
“It has always been a dream to have this
wonderful university in our beautiful town,”
Farris said. “I began lobbying fve years
ago to get WWU to Branson,” Farris said.
“William Woods will bring a lot to our
surrounding area, including additional
employment opportunities, and will
complement other local colleges with
a variety of program offerings.”
The reception area of William Woods
University’s suite in the Grand Vista Center.
The exterior of the Grand Vista Center, where
William Woods University offers degree
programs for working adults.
First graduates of WWU's BSEE program pose
Dr. Michael Tan