The University of St. Francis and The Connecting Link responds to needs of educators seeking an advanced degree
Joliet, IL (PRWEB) May 16, 2012
The University of St. Francis (USF) College of Education and The Connecting Link (TCL) introduce a new Master of Science degree programming option to certified teachers nationwide.
The University of St. Francis and The Connecting Link have worked collaboratively since 2002 to offer site-based and online graduate level programming to teachers in Illinois. In March 2012, they extended their partnership to encompass online options across the country as well.
The new agreement between the University of St. Francis and The Connecting Link, adopted March 2012, outlines a plan for USF to accept fifteen (15) credit hours of selected TCL course work into the Master of Science in Teaching and Learning degree program. Interested educators may select five (5) courses from the following offerings:
- 21st Century Learners: Reaching and Teaching the iGeneration
- Collaborative Web Technologies
- Creating a Collaborative and Engaged Classroom
- Destination Differentiation: How to Meet the Needs of 21st Century Learners
- Microsoft Office: Digital-Age Applications
- Powerful and Authentic Social Studies
- Strategic Literacy: Topics in Reading K-5
- Strategic Literacy: Topics in Reading 6-12
- Strategic Literacy: Topics in Writing K-8
- Strategic Literacy: Topics in Writing 9-12
- TechQuests: Teaching and Learning with Web and Mobile Technologies
- The 21st Century Mathematics Classroom 9-12
- Transformative Classroom Leadership
The new courses being released for a June 2012 launch have been designed to infuse 21st century learning and differentiated instructional strategies. Technology and Common Core Standards are highlighted within these offerings. The outcomes of all courses have been aligned to national standards including InTASC, NBCT, NETS and IRA, and the assessments embedded in each course link directly to enhancing student achievement.
Interested educators in Illinois and Wisconsin may elect to take these courses in either a site-based or online format. Educators across the country may enroll in the structured online offerings being offered by The University of St. Francis (see http://www.connectinglink.com/masters for details). Educators taking site-based courses with other TCL academic partners may transfer six (6) hours of approved graduate-level credit from another university into the USF Teaching and Learning Master of Science degree program.
About University of St. Francis
The University of St. Francis has established a proud tradition of preparing high quality educators since 1925 when the College of St. Francis first began offering courses in education. Over the years, hundreds of our graduates have contributed to our legacy of quality by serving in various roles in the public and private schools. While the College of Education has enjoyed tremendous growth, it remains dedicated to its original mission: "to prepare competent and caring educators who understand students, serve the community and develop professionally to become ethical decision-makers and leaders.
The University of St. Francis, College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
University of St. Francis
Patricia Pierson, Partnership Coordinator
About the Connecting Link
Founded in 1981 by educators for educators, The Connecting Link offers engaging, convenient, and pertinent courses designed to meet the professional development needs of educators and their school districts. Our mission is to provide high quality graduate-level continuing education courses designed to help teachers respond to challenges and opportunities facing educators today. Each course is developed in accordance with applicable standards, adult learning principles, and current educational research. Whether in the classroom or online, the TCL learning experience centers on engaging and relevant activities that help educators work in a community of peers to forge durable links between the latest research and daily practice.
The Connecting Link
Sharon Wysoglad, Director of Academic Affairs