Educators who want to stay on the job while expanding learning opportunities for their students and enhancing their own careers should consider a new online graduate program offered by the University of Southern Mississippi.
The Master of Education degree is now offered fully online through the university’s Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education (CISE). It is designed for those working full-time and may be completed on a full or part-time basis. Educators requiring certification only may also enroll in online courses as non-degree seeking students.
The program includes emphasis areas in special education such as gifted studies; emotional/behavior disorders; severe/low incidence disabilities; and mild/moderate disabilities. A passing PRAXIS II score can substitute the Graduate Review Exam requirement for admission to the program.
“We want our graduate coursework to be more accessible to working educators. Three of our four emphasis areas are already fully online, and we anticipate gifted studies to be fully online in the near future,” said Dr. Hollie Filce, special education coordinator for the Department of CISE.
The department also anticipates offering online programs in elementary and secondary education beginning next summer.
The online master’s program is part of the department’s efforts to build stronger partnerships with P-12 schools, along with other projects that include Continuous Progress Curriculum in Math and Reading; Pre-Service Teacher Preparation Improvement Project; America Reads; Mississippi’s State Personnel Development Grant; and Personnel Preparation Grants. These projects include more than $2 million in outside funding for the 2009-2010 school year.
“These initiatives facilitate collaboration between the university and local education agencies and community-based organizations, and are instrumental in our efforts to continually improve the quality of teacher candidates who graduate from Southern Miss,” said Dr. David Daves, chairman of the Department of CISE.
Teachers interested in the program should contact Dr. Filce at 601.266.5247 or e-mail
for application information. The application process includes admission to the Graduate School (visit www.usm.edu/graduatestudies)
About The University of Southern Mississippi
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