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About Us

The Coppin State University School of Graduate Studies came into existence, during the summer of 1968, when the Special Education Graduate degree program was initiated. This program was designed to prepare professional personnel to work with mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed children. The program was intended to provide special educators for the expanding special education programs in the public schools of Baltimore and the surrounding areas.

As recent as January 2000, Coppin State University School of Graduate Studies expanded its master degree program, when the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission approved the Master of Science in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling program.

Since its establishment in 1968 the School of Graduate Studies has made a strong commitment to ensure that its programs are relevant to the changing needs of its students, the professional communities it serves, and society.

The major goal set forth by the School of Graduate Studies is to provide a learning environment conductive to the development of skills, attitudes and competencies that are applicable to growth and development in an urban setting.

The School of Graduate Studies is a member of the Council of Graduate Schools. And holds to its accreditations the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), and Council of Rehabilitation Education (CORE).

The School of Graduate Studies offers master degree programs through the departments of Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling, Adult and General Education, Criminal Justice, Special Education, Curriculum and Instruction, Social Science and Nursing.

Mission Statement

The School of Graduate Studies at Coppin State University offers professional programs as well as prepares students for advanced graduate work. The major goal is to provide a learning environment conducive to the development of skills, attitudes and competencies, which are applicable to growth and development in an urban setting.

The School of Graduate Studies has a strong commitment to excellence and makes a continuous effort to make its programs relevant to the changing needs of students, to the professional communities it serves, and to society. Applied research and public service endeavors are encouraged in keeping with the University's overall urban mission.

History

The Coppin State University School of Graduate Studies came into existence when a graduate program in Special Education was initiated during the summer of 1968. Designed to prepare professional personnel to work with mentally retarded and emotionally disturbed children, the program grew out of the realization of the need to provide special educators for the expanding Special Education programs in the public schools of Baltimore City and the surrounding area.

In 1969, a Master's program in Correctional Education was begun in response to the needs of the community for programs, which dealt specifically with the educational needs of the incarcerated. After its initial year of operation, however, it was apparent that a Correctional Education Department designed to serve the needs of correctional teachers should be expanded to meet the needs of all practitioners in the criminal justice profession. A Department of Criminal Justice was then established, and graduate studies were expanded.

In July 1973, the Maryland Council of Higher Education approved a consortium in Criminal Justice composed of the University of Baltimore and Coppin State College, with the University of Baltimore offering the Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Coppin offering the Master of Education in Correctional Education. When it became apparent that it would be more advantageous for both institutions to offer the Master of Science in Criminal Justice, authorization to offer the degree was granted to Coppin on May 26, 1976.

The Master of Science in Adult and Continuing Education subsequently received approval of the Board of Trustees and the State Board for Higher Education later that year. Specialties are now provided in Alcoholism Counseling, Administration and Supervision, Family Counseling, Gerontology and Rehabilitation Counseling/Adults.

In 1972, a graduate program in Rehabilitation Counseling was begun, leading to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. The program focused on training students to deliver rehabilitation services, particularly to individuals with the most severe disabilities.

In 1975, an innovative and experimental program in rehabilitation counseling entitled "Rehabilitation Counseling Program: a Behavioral Approach" was developed. This program, involving the rehabilitation agencies of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, was a federally funded project designed to offer intensive training in client services and to use modeling procedures in the rehabilitation process. Students successfully completing the program earned the Master of Education degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Although the project period expired in 1978, some of its essential components are incorporated into the existing Rehabilitation Counseling program, which is accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Specializations are now offered in Alcoholism Counseling and Addiction Services, Human Resources Management, and Rehabilitation Research Training.

In 1992, the Board of Regents of the University System of Maryland (USM) and the Maryland Higher Education Council (MHEC) approved the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. This program is designed to prepare persons with a liberal arts degree for a career in teaching. When students successfully complete the MAT program, they are eligible for certification in elementary education or secondary education. This program has the Interstate Certification Compact (ICC) approval, assuring graduates of reciprocal certification without transcript evaluation in the ICC member states.

In 1999, USM and MHEC approved the Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Distance Learning), Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner and Master of Science in Human Services Administration. The Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program is designed as a non-traditional approach to the delivery of instruction to meet the needs of a population of adult learners. It is delivered via a distance-learning format to assist adult learners in continuing their professional growth in a flexible manner while avoiding scheduling and personal conflicts that plague many adult learners today. The purpose of the Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner program is to prepare practitioners to provide advanced primary health care to the under served population in the urban setting. The Master of Science program in Human Services Administration is a fully collaborative joint program between Coppin State College and the University of Baltimore. It is designed to prepare students for professional careers in the field of human services administration in a variety of settings (corporate, governmental, nonprofit and community).

In January 2000, the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland and the Maryland Higher Education Commission approved the Master of Science in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling. As a human services program, it matches the mission of Coppin State College and enhances it portfolio of human service programs to meet the needs of the citizens of Baltimore and the surrounding metropolitan area. Upon successful completion of the program, persons are prepared for professional careers in Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling.

The School of Graduate Studies has a strong commitment to excellence and makes a continuous effort to make its programs relevant to the changing needs of students, to the professional communities it serves, and to society. Applied research and public service endeavors are encouraged in keeping with the University's overall urban mission.