Curriculum changes to improve students’ job prospects

In these times of economic uncertainty, kudos to the university for continuing to rework curriculum and make students more marketable to employers.

The College of Education has proved that its administrators are keeping an eye on trends in their field, anticipating changes and staying ahead of the curve. By being prepared for the State Board for Educator Certification changes in requirements, they were able to easily rework the existing classes and enable students to become certified to teach pre-K through sixth grade instead of up to only fourth grade without extending their graduation dates.

Schools all over campus are consistently evaluating and implementing changes, adding new courses and diversifying degree plans.

The psychology department added a child development major last fall to allow students to specialize in working with children, and the Harris College of Nursing and Health Sciences added an interdisciplinary healthy aging minor to train students who want to improve the quality of life of older adults. The university also added a certificate in international studies, and the department of anthropology is offering new courses this spring after a period of setbacks.

Further, the Schieffer School of Journalism sits on the verge of a major renovation that will integrate broadcast magazine and newspaper into a converged newsroom, following the advice of industry professionals who preach the necessity of being able to do it all.

Things are always changing and in America, jobs are combining and diversifying. Where it used to be able to desirable to specialize in one specific job, now in many fields new hires need to be able to play several different roles.

Sometimes it is easy to become stuck in tradition, but the key to the best education involves not only being aware of the changes that are taking place right now, but also the changes that are coming in the future.

By constantly evolving and bringing in new and talented professors and administrators who have real-world experience, TCU is positioning its graduates to have the much-needed edge required in a tough job market.

Opinion editor Katie Martinez for the editorial board.