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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard Board of Trustees Approves New Undergraduate and Master’s Degree Education Programs, Revises Graduate Faculty Criteria

WASHINGTON (May 10, 2012) – At the April meeting, the Howard University Board of Trustees approved two new degree programs in education, a new bachelor of science in elementary education and a joint education/psychology master's degree to assist students as they pursue careers in school psychology and counseling. In addition, the Board also approved revised criteria for graduate faculty membership.

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education
The establishment of the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in elementary education follows a Presidential Commission on Academic Renewal (PCAR) recommendation that the University create a new undergraduate teacher preparation program with a special focus on urban education. The program takes effect Aug. 15, 2012.

Dual Master of Education Degree in School Psychology and Counseling Services
The Dual Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in the School of Psychology and Counseling Services represents an effort to restructure seven degree programs into one program with four sub-specialties: school psychology, school counseling, clinical mental health and applied behavior therapy. The degree program also implements a PCAR recommendation and takes effect Aug. 15, 2012.
“The nation needs more educators who can inspire and support students’ academic progress and wellness. Strengthening elementary teachers’ math and science knowledge and integrating the preparation of school psychologists and school counselors is what these new programs are about and why they are important,” said Leslie Fenwick, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education.

Revised Criteria for Graduate Faculty Membership
Under the revised criteria, the Graduate Faculty of Howard consists of those members of the University’s regular and probationary faculty who are charged with carrying out graduate student teaching, supervision and advising. All tenured and tenure-track faculty at the ranks of assistant, associate and full professor are automatically designated Regular Graduate Faculty.

Other qualified persons may be appointed Regular Graduate Faculty by the dean of the Graduate School, on the recommendation of the relevant academic program. These individuals may be non-tenure track faculty with the necessary research experience to mentor graduate students and who hold a terminal degree appropriate to the discipline. Each department will adopt criteria applicable to its field for Regular Graduate Faculty membership.

The revision adds a new category of membership: Fixed Term Graduate Faculty. This category will provide appointments for a fixed term of service on student committees and could include emeritus faculty, clinical or research faculty, scholars from other institutions, independent scholars and practitioners. Fixed Term Graduate Faculty status confers no other rights or responsibilities other than the ability to serve on theses or dissertation committees.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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