College of The Albemarle (COA) and Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU) executed a bilateral articulation agreement Wednesday which will provide graduates from COA’s Associate in Arts and Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation, a seamless transfer to MACU’s elementary education program.
Dr. Jack Bagwell, COA President, and John Maurice, MACU President, signed the articulation agreement at 10:00 a.m. today in the President’s Boardroom at College of The Albemarle. Presidents Bagwell and Maurice were joined by faculty and staff who were instrumental in developing the articulation agreement between the two institutions. The faculty and staff members in attendance included Dr. Evonne Carter, COA Vice-President, Learning; Lisa Meads, COA Dean, Arts and Sciences; Dr. Bane Angles, MACU Associate Professor of Pastoral Ministry/Director of Educational Partnerships; and Dr. Beth Strecker, Director of Teacher Education.
Uniform articulation agreements are in place for North Carolina community college graduates with an Associate in Arts and Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation, to transfer with junior-level status to institutions within The University of North Carolina that offer baccalaureate educator preparation programs and to signatory institutions of North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. The articulation agreement with MACU will provide an additional seamless transfer opportunity for students pursuing their baccalaureate degree in elementary education.
“MACU and COA have a long history of working together to meet the needs of students in this region,” said John Maurice, President, Mid-Atlantic Christian University. “We are thankful for the opportunity to partner together to help educate and prepare a future generation of educators to serve Northeastern North Carolina. We believe that this partnership will continue to enhance the quality of education throughout our community.”
COA began offering the Associate in Arts and Associate in Science in Teacher Preparation Programs and Pathways in 2021. Enrollments have been increasing in these programs over the last year. The articulation agreement signed today will allow graduates for these COA programs to seamlessly transfer to MACU, contributing to the pool of qualified teachers in our region and beyond.
Dr. Jack Bagwell, College of The Albemarle President shared, “We are thankful for our partnership with MACU, and are always open to asking how we can work with our partners to provide educational pathways that meet community needs. This agreement is another example of our commitment to serving students in our region. Qualified and well-trained teachers are in great demand, and this agreement provides a pathway that helps us meet this urgent need. I am very appreciative to the faculty and staff at both institutions who helped to bring this agreement to fruition.”
College of The Albemarle and Mid-Atlantic Christian University, jointly, look forward to supporting students as they work toward a bachelor’s degree in elementary education.