Academic Excellence

New M.S. programs available online

By SUE ELLEN ROSS
BRIDGE Editor

The Schools of Education and Technology are offering unique, online degree programs.

Education program has dual focus

In the School of Education, at the completion of a 15-month plan of study, students will qualify for an Indiana Teacher’s License, as well as earn a Master of Science in Education.

The new program will focus on a “high touch approach”, which means no large classes are involved, only smaller, more intimate classes. Students will interact with faculty and other students on a regular basis.

“As area schools begin to include all students with disabilities, the need for educators to have a background in special education has never been higher,” Assistant Professor of Special Education Suzanne Beike said. “We are responding to the fact that people lead busy lifestyles, and we’re offering a way for them to get an education in a time frame that supports that knowledge.”

Technology degree for leaders

Eight students are working toward a Master of Science in Technology, which concentrates on Technology Leadership and Management.

The program is geared to individuals who seek technical leadership positions in business and industry, as well as higher education faculty posts in technology and engineering technology.

“This degree will expand the students’ knowledge in areas of quality and productivity, project management in industry, leadership and ethics, and strategic planning and marketing, to name a few,” Dean of the School of Technology Niaz Latif said. “The offering of courses is such that students will be able to finish this degree program in less than 24 months by taking the entire program online.”