Stephen F. Austin State University and Academic Partnerships Announce Summer Admissions for Online Early Childhood Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs

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Stephen F. Austin State University, with the assistance of Academic Partnerships, is offering two online degree programs for early childhood professionals this summer – the Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Living and the Master of Education in Early Childhood.

SFA is becoming more flexible in order to better meet the immediate education needs of today’s students, many of whom are working adults with families who don’t necessarily live close enough to attend traditional classes.

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Stephen F. Austin State University, with the assistance of Academic Partnerships, is offering two online degree programs for early childhood professionals this summer – the Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Living and the Master of Education in Early Childhood.

“These programs involve existing SFA courses taught by our highly qualified faculty members,” said Dr. Judy Abbott, dean of the James I. Perkins College of Education.

“We have identified these programs as especially critical for preparing future graduates for important work in the field of education. SFA is becoming more flexible in order to better meet the immediate education needs of today’s students, many of whom are working adults with families who don’t necessarily live close enough to attend traditional classes.”

The bachelor’s degree program is designed for childcare, preschool and Head Start personnel to earn an early childhood-related degree. The first of its kind online, this program is based on the principles of early childhood education, including the Head Start program.

The master’s degree program prepares professional teachers to move to other careers in education as researchers, school district specialists, master classroom teachers, consultants and professional development providers.

The bachelor’s degree consists of 120 credit hours, and completion times vary; the master’s degree has 36 credit hours and can be completed in 22 months.

SFA’s online teacher certification programs were among the first in the nation and are accredited by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, individual programs are also accredited by national accrediting bodies in their specific fields.

Every course within the degree programs is developed based upon the nationally recognized Quality Matters (QM) Rubric for quality online instruction.

Online degree programs have emerged as the most rapidly developing trend in higher education with universities quickly converting traditional programs into an online format. Dallas-based Academic Partnerships provides market research and analysis, curriculum conversion, faculty support services, marketing and information technology for selected online degree programs at SFA.

“We at Academic Partnerships are proud to assist Stephen F. Austin expand access to its top-quality degree programs and extend the reach of its great brand. We are passionate about the positive impact higher education has on the lives of students, their families and on society as a whole,” said Rob Ganji, president of Academic Partnerships.”

The program has several upcoming session dates. The application deadline is June 11 for the July 10 session, July 30 for the Aug. 27 session and Sept. 24 for the Oct. 22 session.

For more information about enrollment and funding opportunities for 2012, please call (855) 573-6066 or visit degree.sfasu.edu/.

About Stephen F. Austin State University
Stephen F. Austin State University is a comprehensive, regional institution located in Nacogdoches, Texas. The university enrolls more than 12,900 students, offering 83 undergraduate majors and 120 areas of study within six academic colleges – business, education, forestry and agriculture, sciences and mathematics, fine arts, and liberal and applied arts. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA provides the academic breadth of a state university with the personalized attention of a private school.

About Academic Partnerships
Academic Partnerships is a higher education service provider that works exclusively with state universities to convert their traditional degree programs to online delivery and to recruit and retain qualified students. For more information, see http://www.academicpartnerships.com

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