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    Online Master of Science Degree in Science Education

    INSTITUTION INFORMATION
    Institutional Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    Program Accreditation: National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    Institutional Membership(s): SOC
    THIS PROGRAM IS PART OF THE ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET/ELECTRONIC CAMPUS
    Students whose legal residence in the following states: Tennessee, upon admission may enroll at in-state tuition rates. Students must be certified by your home state ACM Coordinator. For information on the certification process please contact your state ACM Coordinator.
    PROGRAM DETAILS
    Program Information: Master of Science - Master's
    Enrollment: 120 seats total
    Application Deadline: 12/1/2006
    How Students and Instructors Communicate: Chat Room, E-mail, Threaded Discussion Board
    Subject: Education
    METHOD OF COURSE INSTRUCTION
    The program is delivered primarily through internet

    Supplemental delivery formats include internet

    This course uses Blackboard

     
    DESCRIPTION
    This program is designed for science teachers who:
    *
    Are currently teaching and who are already certified,
    *
    Would like to pursue a Master抯 Degree in Science Education but may be unable to attend regular class sessions,
    *
    Are competent in a science content area or who have the ability to develop such content expertise on one抯 own.

    The program will not emphasize content development but rather will focus on science teaching methods, research, pedagogy, and philosophy. Although this program is not structured around science content, this content is embedded within each of the courses.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    Graduates of distance learning programs at Florida State University receive the same diploma and transcripts as students who graduate from traditional on-campus programs. Official transcripts do not differentiate on-line from traditional on-campus courses or degrees. Graduates are welcome to participate in commencement ceremonies.
    TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
    To participate in FSU's online programs, you need access to certain technologies. To minimize technical problems you may experience, FSU provides online technical support.
    To be successful in your online class, you must have:
    Regular access to a computer
    An Internet connection (ISP or Internet Service Provider)
    An Internet browser
    An FSU/ACNS computer account, which includes your login/username, password, and email account
    For detailed recommended system requirements, please visit the Guide to Technology Requirements for Online Courses on the Online Learning @ FSU web site.
    If you plan to use computer equipment that you do not own for participation in the program, be certain that you have permission to use the equipment for course work purposes. You must also be sure that you have permission to save data to the local hard drive.
    ACCESS TO LEARNING RESOURCES
    Online students at FSU can find support for every aspect of the University experience. Your computer and an Internet connection link you to the most comprehensive electronic campus in higher education. The FSU library may be reached at el: 850-644-2706. Currently enrolled students who are located 50 miles or more from Tallahassee can request materials to be sent to them. Some of your online courses may require you to purchase a Course Packet, which could include a study guide, textbooks, and/or media (video, audiotapes, CD-ROMs). Information about what, if any, course materials are required for your courses can be found through: Campus bookstores (FSU Bookstore and Bill抯 Bookstore), Departmental web sites, Course instructors, Academic Coordinators. Course materials can be ordered online and will be shipped directly to you. (You pay the cost of the course materials, plus shipping. The FSU bookstore can be reached at 1-800-255-3781. A mentor or teaching assistant is available online (and often by phone) to help clarify course materials and refer you to resources for all other aspects of the university experience. Visit the website for additional student resources information.
    ACCESS TO FINANCIAL AID RESOURCES
    Distance students enrolled in at least 6 semester hours have access to many of the same types of financial aid as residential students. If you need financial aid to help defray the costs of your education, begin to investigate the aid you may be eligible for as soon as possible. Office of Financial Aid, Suite 4400A University Center, Tallahassee, Florida 32306-2430, (850) 644-0539, Fax (850) 644-6404, Email ofacs@admin.fsu.edu FAFSA FSU Federal School, Code: 001489, For more information on Financial Aid opportunities, visit the web site.
    SPECIAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
    Programs are designed based on student goals. A core set of courses required of all master抯 students. The curriculum is also dependent on what option the student takes.
    Thesis Option - Students must take a minimum of twenty-four semester hours of course work and at least six semester hours of thesis.
    Non-Thesis Option � Students must take a minimum of thirty-two hours of course work. A comprehensive exam is the culminating activity.
     
    SPECIAL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
    n general, one or two years are required to complete a Master抯 Degree in Science Education. After one semester and prior to the end of the second semester of taking graduate courses, students will establish their supervisory committee and file a program of study in the Office of Academic Services. Near the end of the student抯 course work, students will either take a comprehensive examination given by the student抯 supervisory committee or complete a thesis and defense.
    ACCESS TO ADVISING/MENTORING SERVICES
    Although the course materials you will use are designed for self-directed learning and the professor of the course will also be interacting with students on a regular basis, you may need or want additional help as you progress through a course. To support your progress and help you feel like a member of a learning community, most of the courses have a graduate student teaching assistant to provide that additional assistance. You will be able to communicate with the teaching assistant via threaded discussions, e-mail, phone, or fax. FSU抯 course management system also provides for extensive student-to-student communication via chat and group web-sites to help students develop and participate in a learning community.
    SPECIAL TRANSFER POLICIES
    Students entering the program with graduate hours in science or science education can transfer up to six hours subject to the supervisory committee抯 approval.
    SPECIAL ENROLLMENT ISSUES
    None
    SPECIAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
    None
    SPECIAL PROGRAM PREREQUISITES
    A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college/university with certification in science education or another certification area is required.
    OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
    N/A

     


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