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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 25, 2004
CONTACT: Jette Englund
Office of University Relations
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Kean University Gains Approval for New Jersey Center
for Science and Technology Education

UNION, N.J. – The New Jersey Presidents’ Council, an advisory body within the Department of State, consisting of all the presidents of public institutions of higher education and independent institutions receiving state aid, approved Kean University’s proposal to implement Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in science and technology and Master of Arts degree in education, leading to New Jersey teacher certification, at its meeting on February 23. The approval means that Kean will be able to accept students into five-year combined scientist-teacher and professional-researcher programs within its New Jersey Center for Science and Technology Education (NJCSTE) in fall 2004.

The B.S. program will concentrate on producing scientists rich in physical, chemical, biological and computational theory, whereas the M.A. program will prepare these scientists to relate their knowledge in K-12 classrooms, according to the NJCSTE Web site, www.kean.edu/njcste/.

A five-year combined scientist-research technician program will be implemented granting a Bachelor of Science degree in science and technology and a Master of Science degree in science and technology. The undergraduate program follows the same curriculum found in the scientist-teacher track. The master’s degree program then advances these scientists to higher, discipline-specific levels where they can apply their knowledge of science and technology to current techniques in research laboratories.

“The Presidents’ Council’s seal of approval of the programs is very good news not only for Kean University but for the state of New Jersey,” said Kean University President Dr. Dawood Farahi. “We can now begin to graduate mathematics and science teachers and provide scientists and researchers for the many pharmaceutical companies that are located in the Garden State.”

“We are very pleased and excited that the programs have been approved,” said Dr. Charles Murphy, NJCSTE executive director. “It means that we can move forward with the programs, which will help us address the critical shortage of science and mathematics teachers.”

Dean of Kean University’s College of Education, Dr. Ana Maria Schumann, welcomes the news. “I think the programs will be excellent because they will increase the number of mathematics and science teachers in the state,” she said. “The new programs will also prepare highly qualified people in the areas of shortage.”

Teachers who graduate from Kean’s NJCSTE will have the confidence and detailed knowledge acquired from real experience in hands-on science. The scientists who graduate will have integrated knowledge of modern scientific principles and the skills needed to apply them. Both will come from an educational culture committed to interdisciplinary teamwork, effective communication and technical expertise.

To support students interested in the exciting and rewarding careers in science, mathematics and technology, NJCSTE offers full-tuition scholarships for students admitted to the program. Students are eligible for scholarships for the first two years of the program. For those following the teacher-education track, there is a possibility of additional scholarship support for the remaining three years of the program, provided that the student will teach in New Jersey for three years after graduation.