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New Dental Educator Certificate and Master’s Degree in Education Pathway Program Launched

July  26, 2012

A new program has launched to give dental professionals an opportunity to pursue a dental educator certificate and Master of Arts degree in education, with a concentration in dental education. The Pathway Program is a joint collaboration between the American Dental Education Association (ADEA); the Academy for Academic Leadership Institute for Teaching and Learning (AAL ITL); and University of the Pacific's Gladys L. Benerd School of Education.

The Pathway Program offers a three-step process for participants. The first step requires attending the ADEA/AAL ITL Fellowship, which provides the skills of a master teacher and 50 continuing education units. Held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, phase one of the Fellowship will occur on Aug. 16-19 and phase two on Oct. 26-28. While the Fellowship is the prerequisite to step two of the Pathway Program, it can also be taken as a stand-alone program.

The second step allows participants to complete the dental educator certification, which includes one on-site session at University of the Pacific's San Francisco campus and online projects. Participants may complete the certificate, which is awarded through Pacific, as a terminal achievement or as the next step on the path to a master's in education.

The final step is to earn the Master of Arts in education, with a concentration in dental education. The year-long program culminates in a degree awarded through University of the Pacific. Participants who begin the Fellowship in 2012 can complete the work for the master's degree by the end of 2013.

"We are very excited to be able to partner with ADEA, the Academy for Academic Leadership and the Gladys L. Benerd School of Education to bring this program to fruition," said Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. "This is a great collaborative effort that will enhance the quality of dental education at dental schools throughout the country."

For complete details about the new ADEA/AAL ITL Pathway Program, please visit

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