UHCL streamlines program, announces weekend cohort
HOUSTON — University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Education announces a reduction in hours to its Master of Science in Educational Management with Principal Certification degree program. In addition, the school will begin offering its first weekend cohort for those seeking the degree with one-time scholarship opportunities available for new students admitted and enrolled in classes offered at San Jacinto College North. Streamlining the program’s course content reduced the required semester credit hours from 39 hours to 33 hours effective at the start of summer 2012.
“By carefully reassessing program content, we were able to merge and consolidate content in four of our courses,” said Bettye Grigsby, assistant professor of administration and supervision and educational management program coordinator.
Grigsby added that this not only reduced the semester credit hours required, but it also better aligned the individual courses to state proficiencies and national standards. With the 33 hours master’s program, graduates meet principal certification requirements and obtain the state-required Instructional Leadership Development (ILD) and Professional Development Appraisal System (PDAS) certificates.
The School of Education will also begin offering a weekend cohort in the master’s in educational management with principal certification at the San Jacinto Campus-North, beginning fall 2012. As an added benefit, new students admitted and enrolled in the weekend cohort at San Jacinto College are eligible to receive a one-time, School of Education $500 scholarship for fall 2012. Twenty scholarships will be awarded on a first come basis.
“Classes will be held on Saturdays,” says Grigsby. “And with the new, streamlined program requirement of just 33 semester hours, it’s possible for students starting the program this August to complete the degree by spring 2014.”
The majority of Saturday courses will be taught in the hybrid model that includes approximately 40 percent online work and the remainder as face-to-face meetings. Some courses will be offered completely online. For the graduate practicum capstone course students will work with a campus mentor, often the principal, on administrative projects.
For more information please contact UH-Clear Lake Director of Student Relations David Benz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-283-3600.
University of Houston-Clear Lake’s School of Education offers course work and field experiences toward more than 65 different degree or certification programs, including eight graduate programs, six professional certificates and the teacher certification program, certifying in more than 40 specializations and teaching fields. The School of Education was named winner of the 2009 Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. UHCL was also selected by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its commitment to the community. For more information about the School of Education, visit http://soe.uhcl.edu.
University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.