TEMPE, Ariz. (PRWEB) May 21, 2010 —
Arizona State University announced today the expansion of affordable online degree and certification programs for PreKindergarten-‐12 teachers. Beginning in the fall 2010 semester, six programs will be available fully online to assist current and aspiring teachers in reaching new levels of educational excellence. Arizona preschool and kindergarten teachers will also have the opportunity to fulfill their State of Arizona early childhood education certification requirement online, and meet the Arizona Department of Education’s July 2012 deadline.
“We have expanded opportunities for elementary and secondary teachers with our online programs,” said Mari Koerner, dean of ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. “Teachers deserve the same exceptional learning experiences that they give their students each day. Our programs make that opportunity realistic and affordable for teachers, whatever the time of day or wherever they call home.”
“We believe that online learning has the potential to be more effective and engaging for many students,” said Philip Regier, dean of ASU Online. “That is why, at ASU, each and every course is designed in close collaboration with faculty, and with an unwavering commitment to quality learning and meaningful interaction. It is also why we can proudly say that our students earn an ASU degree.”
Beginning in August, ASU Online graduate program tuition will be $355 per credit hour, excluding fees, for both resident and non-‐resident students enrolled in entirely online degree programs.
Offered through ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, the following programs will be available fully online in the fall 2010 semester:
1. Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, with options for (Arizona Required) Initial Teacher Certification or Endorsement
- Designed for teachers or aspiring teachers seeking advanced knowledge and skills for continued career growth working with infants, and children in PreKindergarten-‐3rd grade. The program offers three tracks:
a. M.Ed. with Certification: 46 credit hours Designed to fulfill requirements set by the Arizona State Board of Education that all state-‐funded preschool and kindergarten teachers attain certification by July 1, 2012.
b. M.Ed. with Endorsement: 35 credit hours Designed for teachers who already have a valid Elementary or Special Education Teaching Certificate with the Arizona Department of Education and need to add the Early Childhood Education Endorsement to their certificate by July 1, 2012.
c. M.Ed.: 30 credit hours
2. Master of Education in Special Education Consultation and Collaboration: Autism Emphasis
- Designed to equip teachers, early interventionists, school counselors, behavior analysts and family members with specialized skills and knowledge to work effectively and compassionately with children and adults who have a variety of needs. The program requires 33 credit hours.
3. Master of Education in Educational Administration: Principal, Grades PreK-‐12
- Designed especially for practicing teachers to enable them to become highly effective school and educational leaders in their schools and districts. The program requires 36 credit hours.
4. Master of Education in Elementary Education with a track in Gifted Education
- Designed for teachers, early interventionists, school psychologists, speech pathologists, behavior analysts, and family members who fill important roles in the lives of gifted children. The program requires 33 credit hours and counts toward the Arizona Department of Education’s Gifted Endorsement requirement.
5. Master of Education in Secondary Education with a track in Gifted Education
- Designed for teachers, school psychologists, speech pathologists, behavior analysts, and family members who fill important roles in the lives of gifted youth. The program requires 33 credit hours and counts toward the Arizona Department of Education’s Gifted Endorsement requirement.
6. Graduate Certificate: Online Teaching for Grades K-‐12
- Designed for K-‐12 educators who seek to lead the development and implementation of online education programs at their school. The program requires 15 credit hours. Enrollment applications and additional details are available at: http://asuonline.asu.edu. ASU Online is one of five campuses in a university community that collectively serves more than 67,000 students. Dozens of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are now available fully online, each designed in close collaboration with ASU faculty.