College of Notre Dame of Maryland and the College of Southern Maryland have signed an articulation agreement to enable students to transfer credits from CSM toward a bachelors degree program in liberal arts/elementary education at College of Notre Dame.
The liberal arts/elementary education bachelors program is being offered at CSMs Prince Frederick campus through Notre Dames Accelerated College, a part-time program for working adults, beginning this fall.
The articulation agreement was signed by Mary Pat Seurkamp, Ph.D., president of College of Notre Dame, and CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried.
CSM graduates completing the associate of arts in teacher education/elementary education and associate of arts in teaching, elementary and general studies will be able to transfer up to 64 credits into College of Notre Dames program. The liberal arts/elementary education bachelors program takes approximately three years to complete through the Accelerated College format and features extensive student-teaching experience. The college also offers full-time study in education at the main campus in Baltimore.
Designed for the working adult balancing professional, family and community commitments, Accelerated College enables students to study together as a cohort (of approximately 20) and move through the program together. Several courses are completed during a traditional semester, taking one class at a time. Classes are four to eight weeks in length and meet on the same day and at the same time each week for the duration of the program.
Once a student joins a cohort, tuition is locked in, and the rate remains the same until graduation.
Accelerated College was founded in 2003 to provide the adult learner with an innovative, flexible format to obtain a bachelors degree. Programs in nursing (RN to BSN) and business join liberal arts/elementary education offered by College of Notre Dame in an Accelerated format.
College of Notre Dame of Maryland is the first Catholic college for women in the United States to award the four-year baccalaureate degree. In addition to Accelerated College, College of Notre Dame offers a Womens College for traditional-age students; Weekend College, a part-time program for working adults; and Graduate Studies, with programs in education, management, contemporary communication, liberal studies and nonprofit management. In fall 2004, the College launched its first doctoral program, a Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership for Changing Populations. Next year, the College will launch a School of Pharmacy, the first associated with a womens college in the United States.
The College of Southern Maryland is a regionally accredited community college that provides programs and services with a special focus on local workforce development to maintain and grow a healthy economy and community. A four-time recipient of the Workplace Excellence Award, CSM is the 2006 recipient of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Partner in Business Award. For information call 301-934-7765 or 301-870-3008, Ext. 7765 or visit www.csmd.edu.