Education feature: Wayland Baptist University graduate students increase

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Graduate students are flocking to Wayland Baptist University in Clovis because of its location and professors.

This year, 100 more students have come to Wayland to obtain their master’s degrees than last year, according to Wayland officials.

Currently, graduate classes average 15-25 students. Last year, the same classes averaged 8-12 students.

Richard Hendershot, one of two full-time professors in Wayland’s graduate education program, said requiring a master’s degree is a growing trend in the education field.

In Clovis, teachers with less than 11 years experience are required to obtain a master’s degree within five years.

In New Mexico, a teacher cannot achieve level three pay without a master’s.