Valdosta State University (VSU) saw a need to provide additional education options to teachers, whether living locally or elsewhere. As online platforms become more advanced and the need for them increases, the expectation of having online graduate programs grows.
Dr. Janet Foster, coordinator of the childhood education master’s degree, says teachers were facing difficulty to leave schools early enough to attend on-campus classes. Thus, the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education (ECE) has been developed.
This summer, the practice-oriented, fully online program will make its debut. It will provide students the opportunity to examine theory and immediately put the theory into action in real classrooms through carefully designed application tasks.
“The M.Ed. in ECE program builds on the bachelor’s degree program in early childhood education rather than just extends it,” says Foster. “The courses that are offered in the program provide candidates the opportunity to explore a wider range of issues, trends, problems, topics and skill areas.”
To prepare for a successful first year, many challenges have been overcome to provide an effective online learning environment. Courses currently offered on campus are redesigned for online and faculty members have attended workshops to learn and explore technology. Extensive planning has taken place to ensure smooth execution to the candidates.
In the next year, Foster says VSU will continue to recruit candidates, especially from the south Georgia service area of the university. “We are now closely examining our programs and using current data to work towards continual improvement of the program,” she said.
The application deadline for the first semester is May 20. View application deadlines for the year.
Janet Foster, Ph.D.