Press Release


Monday, July 23, 2007
by Beth Sowers

Hannibal, MO— In the spring of 2007, an evaluation team from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools completed a thorough study and evaluation of the request by HLG to offer a Master of Science in Education degree (M.S.E.).  Upon completion of their visit and review, the team made a positive recommendation, and on July 11, 2007, the Commission acted to grant accreditation for the M.S.E. degree.


The Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.) degree is designed to provide a program for professional growth for elementary and secondary teachers holding current teacher certification.  Hannibal-LaGrange has worked in cooperation with Southwest Baptist University (SBU) to offer a graduate program in Education since 1989.  This partnership program will now be replaced by the master's program offered by HLG.  Hannibal-LaGrange College will work with any SBU students so that they have an opportunity to complete their degrees.

“Adding the master's degree moves HLG into a higher tier,” said Dr. Woodrow Burt, HLG President.  “We now can serve the graduate education needs of the community as well as the associate and baccalaureate needs.  We are pleased that the Higher Learning Commission has approved this new degree level and are excited about the potential it holds for all the students who attend HLG.”

Dr. Garry Breland, vice president for academic affairs at HLG, believes that the master's program will fill the need for a graduate studies program close to home.  "HLG has always strived to be responsive to the needs of the community,” said Breland. “Schools in this area have supported us, allowing us to have a strong teacher education program. Due to the strength of our program we are now able to offer a master's degree in education. We are pleased to make this contribution to the quality of educational services available in the Hannibal area."

The M.S.E. program is designed for working adults. Courses meet one evening per week, and are scheduled for either eight weeks or the full semester during the school year with block courses offered each summer. There are two tracks from which to choose: teaching and learning emphasis and literacy emphasis.

The teaching and learning emphasis (30 semester hours) focuses on effective curricular/instructional planning and assessment to enhance student learning. It is intended for those who have early childhood, elementary, or secondary teacher certification and want to study principles of effective instruction.

The literacy emphasis (30 semester hours) is geared towards the research-based components of effective literacy instruction and assessment (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, and writing). This track is intended for those who have early childhood, elementary, or secondary teacher certification and want to study the essential aspects of literacy.

An informational meeting will be held Thursday, August 9, at 5:00 p.m. in room 229 of the HLG Burt Administration Building.  For more information on the Master of Science in Education degree at Hannibal-LaGrange College, please contact Dr. Garry Breland, vice president for academic affairs, at HLG, at 573-221-3675, ext. 253, or the website link www.hlg.edu/academics/masters.php.

The Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional accreditation bodies in the United States, offers the highest form of accreditation available to a college or university and may be contacted at www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org or (800) 621-7440.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations