Published on December 2, 2010  

The Alabama State Department of Education and Samford Board of Trustee members recently approved a Fifth-Year Non Traditional Secondary Graduate Program (FYNT) that is a new partnership program between the Howard College of Arts and Sciences and the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies. The FYNT Program is designed for graduates of an accredited university who already have a BA or BS degree with a certifiable major in a core teaching field and desire to earn a Class A teaching certificate to teach at the secondary level of education (grades 6-12). Samford will offer degree options in Biology, English Language Arts, General Science, History, Math, Social Science and Spanish. The first cohort is scheduled to begin next summer, and applications for admission are available now.

The Fifth-Year Non Traditional Secondary Graduate Program (FYNT) accommodates those working part or full-time, including those currently teaching with provisional certificates. Courses are offered in late afternoon, evening, or Saturdays. For more information about FYNT, please contact Ashley Cacioppo, Recruitment Coordinator at or (205) 726-2947. You may also visit the website at

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.