EKU Enhances Online Graduate Degree Options in Education

The Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree program at Eastern Kentucky University will be fully online with multiple options in Spring 2013.

Available areas of advanced study will include Elementary Education, Learning and Behavior Disorders, Educational Leadership, and Safety and Facilities Management.

Eastern was founded in 1906 as a normal school to prepare schoolteachers. The Master of Arts degree in education became the institution’s first graduate degree when it was launched in 1935.

“Eastern Kentucky University’s roots are sunk deep in teacher preparation, with early beginnings as a model laboratory school, then becoming a teachers’ college, and today evolving as a premier comprehensive regional university,” Dr. Bill Phillips, dean of EKU’s College of Education, said.

The current master’s degree program is composed of the Teacher Leader Core, a 15-hour block that challenges students to view themselves as powerful, effective change agents. It also includes 15 or more credit hours for strengthening an existing certification area or adding endorsements or certificates in other areas.

Those who enroll in an online degree program will take the same courses as EKU's on-campus students and from the same professors, which means they will earn the same accredited Eastern Kentucky University degree. The five new MAEd choices include an option for adding certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders. These programs join the MAEd with advanced study in Library Science, which became a fully-online degree option in January 2012.

Teachers certified in Kentucky will be eligible to apply for various endorsements issued by the Education Professional Standards Board, as well as advancement in rank. Those who are certified outside Kentucky should consult with their state’s licensing agency to determine whether the program will meet licensure requirements. Applications for admission to the online programs are due in December. Classes begin in January. For more information, visit http://www.educationdegreeonline.eku.edu or www.ekuonline.eku.edu, or call 859-622-8610.

Named one of the Top 10 Online Colleges in the Nation by "Best Colleges" in 2010, EKU is a fully accredited, brick-and-mortar institution celebrating more than 100 years of student success. EKU Online offers more than 20 degree options in a variety of fields, including Education, Psychology, Paralegal Studies, Police Studies, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Occupational Safety, Fire Protection and Homeland Security.

Published on October 05, 2012