Nov 25, 2020  
2011-2012 Springfield College Graduate Catalog 
    
2011-2012 Springfield College Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Graduate Study


Graduate work at Springfield College began in 1890 with the completion of the graduate requirements—one year of “advance work” plus a thesis—acceptable for a diploma. In 1905, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts authorized the College to grant the degrees of Master of Humanics and Master of Physical Education. In 1926, the College was granted the power to confer the Master of Education degree. The degree of Doctor of Physical Education and the Master of Science degree were approved by the Board of Collegiate Authority of Massachusetts in 1950. On January 13, 2006, the Chancellor of the Board of Higher Education approved the request to retitle the Doctor of Physical Education Degree to Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Physical Education. The Master of Social Work degree was approved in 1993. The Physical Therapy program transitioned to a Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) curriculum in 2008. A Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree program with concentrations in management and nonprofit management began offering courses in the summer of 2010.

While different departments offer and supervise graduate programs at Springfield College, coordination of these is effected through the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs along with the College’s general regulations, academic policies, and philosophy of education.

Graduate students are urged to familiarize themselves with the Student Handbook and Catalog.

This page contains information on the following topics:

Graduate Course Information

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Graduate courses at Springfield College are numbered as follows:

500-level:   These courses are generally introductory or entry level graduate courses. Undergraduates ready for graduate level work may take these courses for undergraduate credit. Undergraduates seeking graduate credit must petition to do so. The course may apply to only one degree.
 
600-level:   These courses are more advanced, in-depth and specialized graduate study associated with a profession or discipline. Undergraduates who qualify may petition to take these courses and must specify whether the credits will be undergraduate or graduate. The course may apply to only one degree.
 
700-level:   These courses are highly specialized doctoral study associated with a profession or discipline.

The following is the minimum number of class hours of attendance required per semester to earn the indicated number of semester hours of academic credit:

Fifteen hours for 1 credit
Thirty hours for 2 credits
Forty-five hours for 3 credits
Sixty hours for 4 credits

Not every course is offered annually. Definite information about course offerings and class hours is available at the time of registration through the Office of the Registrar. Insufficient enrollment or changing conditions may occasionally necessitate the cancellation of scheduled courses.

Graduate Majors, Concentrations and Degrees

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Major   Concentration   Required
Credit Hours
  Degree or Certificate

Art Therapy/Counseling   Art Therapy Counseling   60 - 67   MS

Business Administration   Management
Nonprofit Management
  30
30
  MBA
MBA

Education   Education Department Graduate Programs
          Educational Studies.
 
32 - 39
 
MED or MS
    *Graduate Initial Teacher Licensure Programs
             Early Childhood Education (PreK—2)
         Elementary Education (1—6)
         Secondary Education (8-12)
         Special Education (PreK—8, 5—12)
         
  24
21
23
21-23
 
 



 
    *These licensure programs can be completed for the stated number of credits if prerequisites are met prior to the start of the program. Eight to eleven additional credits are needed to complete the master’s degree.  
             
    Special Education (PreK-8, 5-12)   32   CAGS

Exercise Science & Sport Studies   Athletic Training
Exercise Physiology
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
     Health Promotion Track
     Clinical Exercise Physiology Track
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Strength & Conditioning
  36
37

36
39
36
36
  MED or MS
MS

MED or MS
MED or MS
MS
MED or MS

Health Studies  

Health/Family Consumer Sciences Teacher
Licensure Program
 

 


32
 

 


MED or MS
 


Occupational Therapy  

Entry Level Master’s Degree Program 

 

85

 

MS


Physical Education  

Adapted Physical Education
Advanced Level Coaching
Athletic Administration
Physical Education Teacher Licensure Program

Physical Education Teaching
Professional Licensure Program
 

Physical Education Teacher Licensure only

Physical Education
Health Education

 

32
32
35-36
37


32
 

30

35
35

 

MED or MS
MED or MS
MED or MS
MED or MS


MED or MS
 

Lic. only

CAGS
CAGS


Physical Education
Doctoral Specializations
  Exercise Physiology
Sport and Exercise Psychology
Teaching & Administration (Generalist)
  86
90
90
  Ph.D
Ph.D
Ph.D

Physical Therapy     Determined by
PT Department
  DPT

Physician Assistant     116   MS

Psychology & Counseling

 

Athletic Counseling
Athletic Counseling
Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Mental Health Counseling
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Marriage & Family Therapy
Marriage & Family Therapy
School Counseling
School Counseling
Student Personnel Administration
Student Personnel Administration

 

48
32
60
51
38
38
60
48
48
32
48
32

 

MED or MS
CAGS
MED or MS
CAGS
MS
CAGS
MED or MS
CAGS
MED
CAGS
MED or MS
CAGS


Rehabilitation Counseling & Services

 

General Counseling and Casework

Pediatric and Developmental Disabilities Counseling

Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Substance Abuse Counseling

Alcohol and Substance Abuse Service

Pediatric and Developmental Disability Services

Special Services

 

48 - 54

60 - 66

60 - 66

36
36 - 42
36

 

MED or MS
MED or MS

MED or MS

MED or MS
MED or MS
MED or MS


Social Work   Advanced Generalist Practice
Combined Degree with Law Degree
  60
124
  MSW
MSW/JD*

Sport Management & Recreation  

Recreation Management
Therapeutic Recreation Mgmt
     Child Life Specialist 
Sport Management

  34 - 36
34 - 36
34 - 36
34 - 37
  MED or MS
MED or MS
MED or MS
MED or MS

*Combined degree program with Western New England College School of Law.

MS: Master of Science; MED: Master of Education; CAGS: Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies; MSW: Master of Social Work; PHD: Doctor of Philosophy; DPT: Doctor of Physical Therapy

Graduate programs are also offered through the School of Human Services (SHS) and are included in the SHS catalog. The SHS catalog can be obtained from the School of Human Services Admissions Office (413-748-3204).

Degree Requirements

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Please refer to the appropriate section below