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  • Home / News / Ursuline College announces new programs in Exercise Science, Engineering, Education Leadership | Ursuline College - Liberal Arts Education in Ohio

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    Ursuline College announces new programs in Exercise Science, Engineering, Education Leadership

    May 22, 2020

    Ursuline College is now accepting applications for three new academic programs launching this fall: bachelor’s degree programs in Exercise Science and Engineering, and a master’s degree program for school leaders in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

    “Each of these new programs builds on existing strengths at the College,” said President Sister Christine De Vinne, OSU, PhD. “We are delighted to offer rigorous learning experiences in these areas, each leading to solid career opportunities,” she said.

    Exercise Science

    The Exercise Science degree combines basic science (including biology, anatomy, and physiology) with an exploration of human movement and its importance to overall health. Careers can include working in a corporate wellness program, serving as a conditioning coach, certified personal trainer, or athletic trainer.

    “To any student considering Exercise Science as a major at Ursuline College, the content applies to simple life dilemmas and major physical feats alike,” said Assistant Professor G. Scott Willis, DHSc, NASM-PES, NASE-CSS.

    “For students interested in fitness and performance enhancement, Exercise Science will lead to a greater understanding of how the body moves and how to maximize its success,” he said. “For students interested in rehabilitation sciences, Exercise Science will be the foundation, showing how a healthy individual should operate. For students interested in nutrition, Exercise Science will lead to an understanding of how the body uses nutrients to perform everyday tasks and how to adapt the diet to achieve specific performance or wellness outcomes. For students interested in disseminating information that they find vital to wellness, Exercise Science will teach how to appropriately share a wealth of knowledge with the populations that need it most.”

    Further information about the Exercise Science program is available here.


    3+2 Ursuline College/University of Dayton Engineering Partnership

    Ursuline’s new Engineering program offers students the advantages of a small liberal arts college and a large university. Students spend three years at Ursuline, a women-focused college with an emphasis on individual attention, while they major in Chemistry or Biology. After three years in this program, qualified students transition to University of Dayton’s graduate engineering program to earn a Master of Science degree in two additional years, an accelerated pace that saves both time and money.

    “This partnership with the University of Dayton will open doors of opportunity to Ursuline College students, with a clear path from undergraduate work to a graduate degree,” said Sister Christine. Eligible students receive a 50% tuition scholarship for their first year at the University of Dayton and a 30% scholarship for their second year.

    The first year of engineering school fulfills the requirements for a bachelor’s in Chemistry or Biology from Ursuline College, while the combined two graduate years fulfill the requirements for the M.S. in Engineering from Dayton, the number one Catholic university in the nation for all sponsored engineering research and development.

    Further information about the Engineering 3+2 program is available here.

    Master of Arts in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

    The College’s new Master of Arts in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is ideal for educators who are ready to advance to leadership roles such as curriculum and instruction administrator, curriculum and instruction analyst, school principal, or department chairperson.

    “What is taught, how it is taught and how the learning is assessed are the three key ingredients of the instructional triangle. The new Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment master’s degree focuses on all three,” said James Connell, PhD, dean of graduate and professional studies and former superintendent of the Berea City Schools. “Ursuline College is well-suited to offer this degree because of its long history in preparing teachers and its administrative focus on instructional leadership and what makes for effective classroom instruction.”

    More than 300 Ursuline graduates currently serve and lead as administrators in Northeast Ohio school districts.

    The College offers a 30% tuition reduction for the Master of Arts in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment program for employees at the following partner school districts:

    • Beachwood City Schools
    • Conneaut Area City Schools
    • Fairport Harbor Exempted Village School District
    • Girard City Schools
    • Kenston Local Schools
    • Mayfield City Schools
    • Mentor Public Schools
    • Orange City School District
    • South Euclid Lyndhurst City Schools
    • Warrensville Heights City Schools

    Further information about the Master of Arts program in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment is available here.