MSU Goes Online For Teachers

May 16, 2002
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EAST LANSING – Educators can now go online to earn to continue their professional education.

Michigan State University this year launched an online program that offers educators a master in arts degree over the Internet.

The program focuses on technology and learning, school leadership, literacy education, and science and mathematics education.

Educators who qualify for the program, launched this autumn, can take the courses and apply the credits toward a master’s degree, or for professional certification. The courses one vary in length and content, offering from one to three credits hours.

“With education and teacher quality at the top of the national agenda, it is more important than ever that we provide our teachers the very best opportunities,” said Carol Ames, dean of MSU’s College of Education.

“It is part of our mission to both prepare tomorrow’s teachers and to provide access for experienced educators to better equip them for the challenges they face in today’s classroom.”

The courses are offered through MSU’s Virtual University and taught by College of Education faculty members.

Two courses were offered beginning last summer, “Transition from School to Adult Life,” and “The Psychology of Classroom Discipline.”

Classes added to the online program for the fall 2001 semester were “Educational Inquiry,” “Teaching Science for Understanding,” “ Use of Technology in School Administration,” “Electronic Portfolios,” “Concept of a Learning Society,” Applying Educational Technology to Instruction” and “Postsecondary School Leadership.”

Educators can enroll in the courses at www.vu.msu.edu.

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