Mary Baldwin and PVCC Expand Partnership to Provide Teacher Licensure

February 7, 2001

WHO: Cynthia H. Tyson, president, Mary Baldwin University
Frank Friedman, president, Piedmont Virginia Community College

WHAT: Signing Ceremony announcement of expansion of partnership

WHEN: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2:30

WHERE: Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville

WHY: Mary Baldwin and PVCC make becoming a teacher more convenient than ever in Central Virginia

Mary Baldwin University and Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) have expanded their partnership to include a guaranteed admission agreement. This agreement will allow undergraduate students to transfer PVCC credits into Mary Baldwin’s traditional or Baldwin Online and Adult Programss (Baldwin Online and Adult Programs). College graduates, whether employed as provisional teachers or in other professions, may pursue certification via Mary Baldwin’s Post Graduate Teacher Licensure (PGTL) program. Existing teachers and other professionals may also seek post-graduate teacher training through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Mary Baldwin.

The original Mary Baldwin-PVCC agreement, signed in 1985, provided an opportunity for adult students to complete their baccalaureate degree without leaving Charlottesville and established the first public-private higher education cooperative program in the commonwealth. This new agreement expands the partnership to focus specifically on preparing teachers and to include PGTL and MAT. These innovative and unique programs are the leaders in training qualified teachers and putting them in the classroom. Because of the high demand for teachers in Virginia, these programs play a vital role in education in the Commonwealth.

Mary Baldwin University is a multi-faceted liberal arts college in Staunton, Virginia, with three residential programs for women – the traditional program, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, and the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership – as well as coeducational, non-residential Adult Degree and master’s programs. Mary Baldwin offers the B.A. and/or the B.S. in 32 majors, the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) with K-8 emphasis, the Master of Letters (M.Litt.) in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature in Performance, and post-graduate teaching licensure (PGTL). The oldest women’s college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., Mary Baldwin was founded in 1842 and is also the first women’s college to be granted a circle of the national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa. It is one of only 262 colleges and universities to house a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honor society.

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