George Fox students celebrate as first graduating class of university’s elementary education adult degree program

July 5th, 2011

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Educators from Salem, Woodburn, Sherwood, Tigard and McMinnville are honored by George Fox University with certificates of completion

NEWBERG, Ore. – Ten educators representing Salem, Woodburn, Sherwood and Newberg, Ore., celebrated as the first graduating class of George Fox University’s elementary education adult degree program in late June.

The ceremony and banquet on the university’s Newberg, Ore., campus on Wednesday, June 22, was the culmination of the five-semester program, which held classes at the university’s Salem Center. Many in the cohort already had several years of classroom experience as assistants and volunteers. With this degree, they are now eligible for the Initial Teaching License issued by the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission of Oregon to teach multiple subjects in self-contained classrooms for preschool through eighth grade.

Members of the groundbreaking class included Jennifer Barnard of Sherwood, Alvaro Centeno of Woodburn, Jeanette Epp of Tigard, Linda Gibbons of McMinnville, Holly Monroy of Keizer, and Shannon Jensen-Bese, Jenee Orso, Maria Verburg, Kristine Vincent and Melody Youngberg of Salem.

To receive a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, candidates complete course work and practical in-service teaching experiences. Most of the students in the group completed a part-time and full-time student teaching practicum this spring, while two will finish student teaching in the fall. Degrees will be conferred immediately to those who have completed the program. All will be eligible to participate in graduation exercises in December of 2011, and all have received a certificate of completion.

George Fox currently has an elementary education cohort in Salem and will be starting new cohorts in Boise, Idaho, and Portland, Ore., this fall. The School of Education works closely with College of Western Idaho and Portland Community College for transfer students into the program. The program offers a hybrid environment that combines both online and face-to-face classes one night a week.

To learn more about the program, including cost and admissions information, contact admissions counselor Kristie DeHaven at 503-554-2266 or visit the university’s adult degree programs website.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.


Kristie DeHaven
Admissions Counselor, School of Education

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