Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Certified public school teachers interested in becoming principals can receive the training they need through Fairmont State University's new Masters of Education Degree in Leadership Studies. Working in collaboration with Marshall University, FSU would like to recruit students for the new program of study, which will begin with the fall 2005 semester.

The entirely web-based curriculum featuring 18 hours of leadership studies courses and 18 hours of general education courses will be administered on the Fairmont State campus. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be qualified for certification as pre-K through adult school principals in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

"We at FSU are very excited to be able to offer this new master's degree program in collaboration with Marshall," said Dr. Don Moroose, Associate Dean of Education for Graduate Studies and Clinical Experiences. "We feel the online availability of classes for this program and the flexibility in scheduling it provides will help working teachers to be successful in balancing their many responsibilities. FSU has a long history as a leader in the field of teacher education, and we take pride in the personal attention we are able to give our students."

In addition to the new Leadership Studies program, FSU offers a Master of Education degree in four other areas of emphasis: Professional Studies, Special Education, Special Education Only and Online Learning. The emphasis in Professional Studies is designed for teachers who do not wish to add an additional teaching specialization. It is for those teaching professionals who wish to pursue a graduate degree. The emphasis in Special Education is designed as an option for elementary and secondary teachers who are currently certified. The emphasis in Special Education Only is designed as an option for those who currently hold a four-year non-teaching baccalaureate degree and wish to teach Special Education Only in K-adult schools. The emphasis in Online Learning is unique in that course work is designed for faculty, administrators and staff members interested in making online teaching an important part of their academic careers or those who wish to take a leadership role in online learning at their institutions. More than 350 students are currently enrolled in these programs, which also offer many online courses.

For more information on graduate programs at FSU, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (304) 367-4098 or e-mail gradstudies@fairmontstate.edu.