By JENNIFER HORTONThe Wilson PostCumberland University will offer a Master of Arts degree beginning this fall designed to help students gain a better understanding of their chosen area of study.Ted Rose, dean of the School of Music and the Arts at Cumberland, said the course of study will include 36 hours of credit and will have three tracts of study. They are music, drama and art.“It is not three separate degrees,” he said, but “one degree” that offers three areas of study.The graduate program is designed for teachers who are already teaching and for those college students who want to pursue further education as they prepare to some day teach.A few classes will be offered beginning this fall, he said, adding if you are interested in applying it would be best to contact him and he will set up a time to meet and review your portfolio.“We’ve been working on this degree program quite some time,” Rose said after receiving responses from some 30 individuals who said they were interested in such a course of study. He noted, of course, that that does not mean there will be 30 students who enroll in the program, but indicated that was a high number of people who indicated an interest.Cumberland already offers a Master of Education degree, but the new M.A. degree will allow a deeper understanding of art, music and drama for the student. “What that means is that they’ll have a better chance to explore their own area. Also, with the number of hours in the concentration, if they chose to teach they could at a community college,” something Rose said, “a lot of teachers would like to do.”Many community colleges in Tennessee are growing in student population and there is a need for adjunct professors to teach them. The M.A. program at Cumberland would allow its graduates to do that.For more information, or to apply, contact Rose at 547-1364 or email email@example.com.Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.