St. Andrews to offer three new majors

Staff report

September 20, 2013

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University is pleased to announce three new majors — one in the communications field and two others in education.

The three majors are Communication: Public Relations, Middle Grades Education and Special Education: General Curriculum.

Dr. Charles Meadows, assistant professor of Communication, has been working on the development of the Public Relations major since his arrival on campus last fall.

“When President Baldasare brought me in it was with the opportunity to be on the ground floor of creating a communication program,” Meadows said. “I looked at what the program has been over the years and determined what was best suited to St. Andrews and where the market is taking us.”

The Public Relations concentration is designed to prepare students to serve as public relations managers and public relations specialists in for-profit and non-profit organizations. Employment of public relations specialists is expected to grow 23 percent from 2010 to 2020, with that growth driven by the need for organizations to maintain their public image in a high-information age and with the growth of social media.

It was similar research that led to the decision to offer Middle Grades and Special Education majors. Nationally, the need for certified middle school teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020. Public-school superintendents and school leaders in southeastern North Carolina report a strong demand for both middle school educators and special education services.

“We are confident that we will be providing much needed, high quality teachers for this region,” said Sandy Jones, chair of the Education department and assistant professor of Education said. “We have a strong track record with Elementary and Physical education graduates and see this program continuing that proud tradition.”

The Middle Grades Education major is designed to prepare teachers in the sixth through eighth grades. The Special Education: General Curriculum major is designed to prepare special education teachers to work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional and physical disabilities.