Wednesday, September 3, 2008

New Online Master's Degree to Benefit Education

A new online master’s degree in teaching at the University of West Georgia will be available to students who wish to pursue a new career in math and science education.

Beginning in January 2009, the degree will be offered by UWG, Columbus State University and Kennesaw State University. Faculty from all three institutions, as well as faculty from Georgia Southern University and Valdosta State University, will teach the courses for the 39-semester hour program.

Georgia Southern and Valdosta State also will offer the degree in 2010. The institutions are able to offer the degree completely online by sharing faculty expertise and resources.

The degree is targeted to students with a bachelor’s degree in math and science or a related field and those who are already teaching and wish a certification in math or one of the sciences.

The online Master of Arts in teaching or MAT will offer degree seekers teacher certification in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics and the earth/space sciences. Dr. Kim Metcalf, UWG Dean of the College of Education, said the program will appeal to a wide audience.

“UWG is committed to serving a broad community of learners through this program,” said Metcalf. “We believe this degree offers an opportunity to increase the number of mathematics and science teachers in Georgia while preparing them in a quality program.”

Applications for the MAT degree will be available on the Georgia ONmyLINE website, Applicants will be asked to select a school as their home institution and that university will award the degree. The site offers easy access to online and distance-education offerings throughout the University System of Georgia.

Educators hope to boost the number and quality of Georgia’s math and science teachers while at the same time allow Georgians to save gas and time by avoiding the commute to campus.

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