Posted by Philip Poole on 2010-12-17

Additional career options in education are now available through a new graduate level degree program at Samford University.

The Alabama State Department of Education and Samford’s board of trustees both recently approved a “fifth-year” non-traditional secondary graduate program (FYNT) for 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 B.A. or B.S. 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 this summer, and applications for admission are available now, said Jodi Newton, Samford’s associate education dean

“We believe the program will be especially attractive to students who have just completed their undergraduate degree in one of these fields and wish to continue at Samford or come from another institution to get a master’s degree,” Newton said. “Because the courses will be in the evenings, we think the degree will attractive to those who have been in another field for a number of years but are interested in becoming teachers.”

The Fifth-Year Non Traditional Secondary Graduate Program (FYNT) accommodates those working part-time or full-time, including those currently teaching with provisional certificates, Newton added. Courses are offered in late afternoon, evening or Saturdays.

“The shortage of math and science teachers has made programs like this very attractive,” Newton said. “The state is providing provisional certification for anyone admitted to this type of program so they can begin teaching while completing the program.”

Samford also offers fifth-year programs in early childhood and elementary education, as well as music education.

For more information about FYNT, contact Ashley Cacioppo, recruitment coordinator at or (205) 726-2947. 


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. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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.