January 29, 2009
09-013

Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

VSU Gains Another Online Education Master's Degree

VALDOSTA - The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia recently approved for Valdosta State University to offer a new online Master of Arts for Teachers program.

Students in the new program, which will open for enrollment fall 2010, can major in middle grades or secondary education. The new options will complement existing in-class and online programs offered under the Master of Education in the James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education.

"These degrees are part of our effort to supply additional, high quality teachers to our region," said Dr. Louis Levy, VSU provost. “These MAT degrees along with our traditional Master of Education degrees will enhance the supply of qualified teachers, especially in high-need disciplines."

Individuals holding bachelor’s degrees in sought-after academic disciplines, like mathematics and science, will have a degree route to initial teacher certification. Their extensive knowledge in their specific areas, combined with a new background in education will provide a fresh supply of qualified teachers to the area.

The MAT in middle grades or secondary education is offered collaboratively with several other USG institutions, including Columbus State, which will be the first to grant degrees. Students can enroll in the program via www.georgiaONmyLine.gov .

While VSU will not begin granting the MAT until 2010, students can now earn education specialist degrees in teaching and learning, online teaching and teaching of the gifted. Call the COE at (229) 333-5925 for information about these new programs.