Regents Approve New Academic Programs, Minor, Education Curriculum Changes


commercal photographyCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., May 8, 2015 – The Southeast Missouri State University Board of Regents today approved several new academic programs, a new Cybersecurity in Business Systems minor and a slate of education curriculum revisions.

Among the academic items approved are:

New Academic Programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Public Health
    Biology, information, nutrition, health policy and management, and social/behavioral

This interdisciplinary program will provide students with a foundation in scientific knowledge, including biological and life sciences, and the concepts of health and disease, said Dr. Bill Eddleman, Southeast provost. Students will get an understanding of social and behavioral sciences, as well as quantitative data management and statistical skills, and economics. This background will give students the ability to integrate, synthesize and apply this knowledge to public health in general and a specific discipline area. While this program will be open to first-year students, it will likely attract students coming from biomedical pre-professional programs who are not accepted into professional or graduate programs, he said.

Twelve University departments will offer courses as a part of the public health program, Eddleman said. The program will draw from coursework already offered across multiple or approved programs but will be different in that it is tailored to the public health perspective.

  • Bachelor of Science in Commercial Multimedia
    Options: Commercial photography and computer multimedia graphics.

This degree program merges the Bachelor of Science in commercial photography with the Bachelor of Science in technology management, computer and multimedia graphics option, according to Eddleman.

 This new degree program will provide students with the tools, technologies and techniques to generate multimedia content. Students will acquire still images – physical and digital – and video, including animation, and will focus on the modes of presenting the content – Web, physical media and other digital media.

Students can specialize in one of the two options. The computer multimedia graphics option focuses on the use of computer tools to build and manipulate images and video for use on computers, such as Web pages and mobile devices. The commercial photography option focuses on images and video acquired with cameras, often manipulated with computers and then produced either as a hard copy or digital copy.

  • Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis

The Master of Arts in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) will provide students with assessment and intervention skills in applied behavior analysis, allowing them to work with people with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other development disabilities of all ages across a variety of settings, Eddleman said.

He cited the work of a University Applied Behavior Analysis Task Force that in 2013 determined there was enough student interest and community need to develop an ABA master’s program.

Students in the program will be prepared to provide training and support for parents, caregivers, staff and educators. Those completing the program will be eligible to sit for the Behavior Analyst Certification Board Exam, he said.

New Minor

  • Cybersecurity in Business Systems

 The new Cybersecurity in Business Systems minor will provide students with a basic understanding of the software and hardware frameworks in cyber systems and associated security concepts to complement degrees associated with business systems, Eddleman said.

 Students will have a chance to enhance their resume, broaden their skill set and meet rapidly changing workforce demands for tech savvy graduates.

The Donald L. Harrison College of Business and the Department of Polytechnic Studies have collaborated to offer the minor, targeting students with majors outside of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs wishing to enhance their technical capabilities, Eddleman said.

 Education Curriculum Revisions

student teaching2Southeast’s College of Education has undergone significant curricular revisions, and 21 education programs have been revised to align with changes in rules from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. These mandates have substantially changed the curriculum expectations and assessments for all programs related to teacher education.

Eddleman said four new assessments also have been put in place for education majors: the Missouri Educator Profile, the Missouri General Education Assessment, Missouri Content Exams and the Missouri Preservice Teacher Assessment. New standards have been implemented in both pedagogy and content coursework, he said.

“These revisions address the new requirements for our teacher candidates,” Eddleman said.

The new education curriculum will be submitted to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval in June.