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 Date: May 15, 2008 Contact:  Paula Cobler 361-570-4350

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New intrasession model to allow education students to finish degree faster


 

Texas teachers and area residents interested in increasing their knowledge about reading and literacy will be able to finish a master’s degree from the University of Houston-Victoria in only four semesters beginning in the fall.


Elementary and secondary teachers will be able to complete a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with a reading specialist certification and/or a master reading teacher certification in four instead of eight semesters because of a new intrasession model that will be used by the School of Education & Human Development for the degree.


A resident with a bachelor’s degree but no Texas teacher’s certification will take the same courses in four semesters but will graduate with a Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in literacy (language arts).


Fry said the degree is helpful for people who aren’t teachers because knowledge about literacy applies to many different fields. For example, community college instructors, education program directors for nonprofit agencies and literacy consultants for publishers could use the degree to help with their jobs.


UHV started offering the Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with the certifications as an online degree last summer. It will continue to be offered online with the new intrasession model.


“We want to make our classes as convenient as possible to encourage students to complete their degrees and be ready to take the next step in their professional careers,” said John Stansell, dean of the School of Education & Human Development. “This new intrasession model is just another example of us listening to our students’ needs.”


For more information about registering to begin the degree in the fall, contact Fry at fryj@uhv.edu or School of Education recruiter Sandy Hybner at hybners@uhv.edu or 361-570-4252.

 

 

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region, offers courses leading to more than 65 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Development, and Nursing. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus as well as teaching sites in Fort Bend, Harris and Montgomery counties, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. Since its founding in 1973, UHV has provided students with a quality university education from excellent faculty at an affordable price.