Indiana State University is adding to its online offerings. Students can now earn a master’s degree in biology, mathematics and history, which the university says will support high school teachers looking to become qualified to teach dual credit classes.
The courses will be offered in the late afternoon or early evening. They are synchronous, meaning students can log onto the classroom and have an online presence in the class along with the students who are physically on campus. They will be able to participate in the classroom discussion through big screens and high-quality sound and cameras that follow the instructor.
ISU says the program allows teachers to earn their degree even when they’re unable to travel to campus.
"There have always been many teachers who wanted to work on their master’s degrees or take courses that would make them better prepared to teach Advanced Placement or dual-credit courses," said Chris Olsen, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at ISU. "Because they work full-time, of course, this is one particular way to reach them and offer them the advanced graduate courses they want."
The university says the online offerings will help address the growing interest in dual-credit courses among high school students, despite the state of Indiana ending its incentive program that would offer teachers a pay increase for obtaining a master’s degree.
"At the time it was a good opportunity for teachers, but since that time, dual credit has really grown and become a huge demand from the students," said Jill Blunk, director of the College Challenge program at ISU. "It’s very helpful for high school students to achieve their college degrees on time. Our online programs enable both student populations to reach their goals."
You can learn more about the online offerings by clicking here.