American Public University System Enhances Online Graduate Teaching Degrees

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Online University System now offering degree concentrations in Special Education; Gifted Education; Reading and Literacy; and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

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We know that these new degree concentrations will enable teachers to respond to critical teacher shortage areas.

Charles Town, W.Va., February 12, 2009 -- American Public University System (APUS) (http://www.apus.edu)], has expanded its online Master of Education: Teaching degree to include concentrations in Special Education, Gifted Education, Reading and Literacy and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. The new online education degrees are designed for currently practicing teachers who wish to enhance their teaching expertise in working with learners who have special needs, learners who are academically and intellectually gifted, learners for whom English is not the primary language, and with learners in the areas of reading and literacy development. The M.Ed. programs are available at member institutions American Public University (http://www.apu.apus.edu)] and American Military University (http://www.amuonline.com)].

APUS is an accredited, online university system that serves more than 41,000 working adults worldwide. It offers 74 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs (http://www.apus.edu/APUS/Academics/index.htm)] in an affordable and flexible online format.

"We continue to respond to the demand for degree programs that meet the needs of PK12 students in school districts at all levels, both nationally and globally," said Lynne Bailey, Ed.D, Dean of the School of Education at APUS. "We know that these new degree concentrations will enable teachers to respond to critical teacher shortage areas."

The new Master of Education: Teaching concentrations include:

Master of Education: Teaching - Special Education (36 credit hours) ¬- designed for teachers who wish to further their studies by achieving an advanced degree with a focus on working with students with special needs. The program provides a strong, research-based background in professional teaching practices and develops teachers who are knowledgeable of the foundations and theoretical basis for special education, the developmental characteristics of special needs learners, and the instructional practices that best serve them.

Mater of Education: Teaching - Gifted Education (36 credit hours) - is designed for teachers who wish to further their studies by achieving an advanced degree with a focus on working with students who are academically and intellectually gifted. The program provides a strong, research-based background in professional teaching practices and develops teachers who are knowledgeable of the foundations and theoretical basis for gifted education, the developmental characteristics of gifted learners, and the instructional practices that best serve them.

Master of Education: Teaching - Reading and Literacy (36 credit hours) - is designed for teachers who wish to further their studies by achieving an advanced degree with a focus on working with students to promote reading and literacy development. The program provides a strong, research-based background in professional teaching practices and develops teachers who are knowledgeable of the foundations and theoretical basis for literacy education, the developmental characteristics of students as readers and writers, and the instructional practices that best serve them.

Master of Education: Teaching - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (36 credit hours) - is designed for teachers who wish to further their studies by achieving an advanced degree with a focus on working with students whose primary language is not English. The program provides a strong, research-based background in professional teaching practices and develops teachers who are knowledgeable of the foundations and theoretical basis for English as a Second Language (ESL) education, the developmental characteristics of students as readers and writers of ESL, and the instructional practices that best serve them.

The APUS School of Education also offers programs in the following areas:

Master of Education: Administration and Supervision (36 credit hours)
Master of Education: Guidance and Counseling (48 credit hours)
Master of Education: Teaching - Elementary Education (36 credit hours)
Master of Education: Teaching - Instructional Leadership (36 credit hours)
Master of Education: Teaching - Secondary Social Studies (36 credit hours)
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Certification Program (24 credit hours)

APUS classes start monthly, with many offered in either 8- or 16-week sessions. For more information on education degrees, call 1-877-777-9081 or go to http://www.apu.apus.edu/education.

NOTE: Teachers with licenses in West Virginia may apply for licensure in other states. Many states have formal reciprocity agreements with West Virginia. Persons considering licensure in additional states should contact the State Department of Education for the prospective state to obtain current testing and licensure requirements or procedures.

About American Public University System
American Public University System includes American Public University and American Military University and educates more than 41,000 adult learners worldwide. APUS's relevant curriculum, affordability and flexibility allows working adults to pursue degrees that will help them advance in a variety of career fields, including business, information technology, education and management. APUS also provides specialized education in homeland security, national security and emergency and disaster management. A university book grant provides textbooks at no cost for eligible undergraduate students. American Public University System is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc. (NASDAQ:APEI). For more information, please visit http://www.AmericanPublicEducation.com.

Contact:
Renée Hockaday, American Public University System
703.334.3868

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