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Update on World Campus Planning for the College (02-13-2014)

February 13, 2014 memo from Dean Monk concerning an update on World Campus Planning for the College of Education.

 

Date: February 13, 2014

To: Members of the College of Education

From: David H. Monk

Re: Update on World Campus Planning for the College

In my most recent previous correspondence on this topic (March 12, 2013 W. C. M.), I provided an inventory of graduate programs being developed by members of our faculty to deliver through the World Campus (WC). This included updates about existing, revised, and new programs. There has been much progress since that memo, and the following represents the latest update on College of Education World Campus programs. These are important new programmatic initiatives within the College, and I am pleased to see promising activity in all four of our Departments. I invite you to review the progress that I outline below, and I want to thank Greg Kelly, Michelle Corby, and everyone else who has been involved in this effort. I think we can all be very proud of the progress we are making. Comments, of course, are always welcome.


I. Programs with the Most Active Planning Efforts


EPS: Higher Education.
This M.Ed. in Higher Education has been approved by the Higher Education program faculty and has been favorably reviewed by the World Campus with respect to market viability and related matters. The degree will be organized around several emphasis areas, including Student Engagement, Administration, and Institutional Research.

The M.Ed. in Higher Education has been tentatively approved by the Subcommittee on New and Revised Programs and Courses pending revisions to the proposal. The proposal has been reviewed by the Graduate School Curricular Affairs committee and is currently being revised. If approved, the program will be ready for a launch in Fall 2014.

EPS: Educational Leadership-iPrin.
This on-line M.Ed. in Educational Leadership has been tentatively approved by the graduate school with two emphases -- Teacher Leadership and School Leadership. School Leadership leads to Principal Certification in Pennsylvania and has been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. PDE has also approved the shorter (6 course) "iPrin" certificate as meeting certification standards. The Educational Leadership faculty members are submitting a request to the graduate school through the College to offer a graduate certificate in this area (ECERT), so that WC can effectively market the certificate/certification.

The on-line M.Ed. in Educational Leadership has also been favorably reviewed by the World Campus in terms of market viability and related matters, and course developers have already been assigned to work with the faculty to develop two courses this spring. The anticipated "launch" is Fall 2014. The program includes collaboration with faculty members at Penn State Harrisburg and Penn State Great Valley.

The proposal to drop the Teacher Leadership Option as part of the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and treat it as an emphasis area within the M.Ed. and to move the delivery of the principal certificate courses online was tentatively approved by the Graduate School’s Subcommittee on New and Revised Programs and Courses pending requested revisions to the proposal. The department submitted those revisions, but a new set of revisions was requested in late December. The Educational Leadership faculty members are working to make these revisions and will re-re-submit the proposal to the Graduate Council Committee on Programs and Courses for the next step in the Graduate School’s review process.

Enrollment in the current on-line Teacher Leadership program is increasing, and the new principal certification path has been getting weekly inquiries for the past few months.

EPCSE: Special Education. The Special Education program faculty members, in consultation with the World Campus, have designed a new online master’s degree in special education. The degree features three emphases in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Autism, and a more general emphasis. The program has been approved by the program faculty and received a favorable review from the World Campus regarding market viability. We expect to submit the proposal to the Graduate School before the end of the spring 2014 semester. The anticipated launch date is fall 2015.

LPS: Organization Development and Change. This M.P.S. program in Workforce Education and Development has been approved by the Workforce Education and Development faculty and has received a favorable market viability assessment from the World Campus. The M.P.S. in Organizational Development and Change has been approved by the Graduate School and will be effective Summer 2014. Currently, the faculty are working on course development and recruiting faculty members.

LPS: Corporate training. This M.Ed. is a collaborative effort by University Park LPS and Harrisburg Training and Development faculty. It is designed to provide knowledge for professionals to design, develop, deliver and evaluate training programs for learners in corporations. This also includes integrating technology, assessing corporate training needs, performance technology, and presentation skills. An intake form was submitted and the program has been favorably reviewed by the World Campus. The proposed curriculum plan has been developed and is being sent out for consultation.
The curriculum proposal will be submitted to the Graduate School in Spring 2014.

LPS: Learning, Design, and Technology. The Learning, Design, and Technology M.Ed. has been re-designed by the faculty members in consultation with the World Campus to include areas of teaching and learning with technology, K-12 online education, and instructional design. Each emphasis will include an embedded certificate. An intake form has been submitted and the program has been favorably reviewed by the World Campus. The curriculum proposal has been submitted to the Graduate School and is currently out for consultation.

LPS: Adult Education.
The faculty would like to change the name to Lifelong Learning and Education and include three emphases: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, and Online Distance Education. An intake form has been submitted to the WC. Pending a positive review by WC marketing, the curriculum proposal will be submitted in Spring or Summer 2014.

C&I: Children’s Literature, Curriculum & Instruction. C&I faculty members are developing a new M.Ed. offering that will encompass the existing Children’s Literature emphasis area and add new emphasis areas such as STEM education, Literacy Education, Curriculum and Supervision, and Social Studies Education. World Campus market analyses suggest that the markets for these areas look quite strong and promising. In addition to the current post-Baccalaureate certificates, the faculty members are planning to add embedded certificates in STEM Education, Curriculum & Supervision, and Professional Development.

 

II. Programs Where Interest Continues to Exist and Where We Expect Planning Efforts to Become More Active in the Future

EPS: Educational Leadership—Superintendent Letter of Eligibility

EPS: General Educational Leadership—D.Ed.

 

III. Closing Thoughts

Last year we proposed exploring possible tuition discounts, access for students in resident graduate programs, and expedited reviews of programs. We are waiting for the financial analysis regarding tuition. The World Campus is considering ways of integrating students from resident graduate programs into online courses. Outreach appointed an ad hoc committee chaired by Dean Barbara Korner to review impediments to the timely development of World Campus programs and this committee is currently at work.

Greg Kelly has convened a group of World Campus program coordinators to discuss issues pertinent to online education. Each current and proposed program has been invited to attend, as has each of the department heads. The meetings are open and all members of the college are welcome to attend and participate. We will post the meeting times and location on the College listserve.

Again, many thanks for all of the creative time and effort that is being devoted by so many members of the College to these initiatives. We are making great progress. If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch with me or Greg Kelly.