New College of Education graduate certificates to be offered

The University of Alaska Board of Regents passed two new graduate certificate programs that were presented by the College of Education.

The new graduate certificates, approved Feb. 6, are offered at the UAA campus. They are in language education as well as adult education with a concentration in electronic learning.

According to Donna Gail Shaw, associate dean of Student and Curriculum Affairs at the college, this is the first e-learning program within the state of Alaska.

“In a state with a large geographical area, much of which is not on the road system, education and professional training must be provided via technology,” Shaw said.

The program aligns itself with the UA mission statement and the vision of the College of Education in “preparing educators to transform lives.”

The graduate certificate in language education is concentrated in English for speakers of other languages and is designed so teachers have the opportunity to add an “English as a second language” endorsement onto their teaching licenses.

The Board of Regents passed the program with hopes of preparing more teachers with the skills they need to instruct students who are learning English as a second language. The program will also be available through distance education to meet the needs of teachers throughout Alaska.

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Additional enrollment in the program from people who are working with English learners in a non-school setting such as the Anchorage Literacy Project is also anticipated, Shaw said.

Neither program requires the addition of new faculty since new courses will be taught by current professors. As for funding, the adult education program will occasionally need upgraded technology for faculty. The language education program is expecting no budget increases.

“The College of Education has sufficient resources to deliver both certificate programs,” Shaw said.

The proposed admission date for both programs is summer 2008.

For more information on the programs, view the complete program approval summary forms at www.alaska.edu/bor/.