Volume: 03, Issue: 07 04/06/2005 
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Enhance Your Teaching Skills Online

Balancing graduate coursework and a full-time teaching job can be extremely difficult. But distance learning programs are offered by universities across the country that can make the task less daunting. Check out the following options to help you explore the possibilities.

Florida State University Online Master's Degree Program in Science Education
The science education department at Florida State University is offering a new online distance learning master's degree program in science education. This program is designed for teachers in the early stages of their careers who are already certified and teaching. The program will be aligned with National Board Certification. Students in the program will not be required to attend classes, either on our campus or at any other location, although there may be an annual voluntary meeting. Of particular interest to teachers outside Florida is the available out-of-state tuition waiver, meaning teachers in any state will pay the same tuition and fees as Florida teachers. Information on the program can be found at 'http://www.fsu.edu/~mse/Programs/Science/onlinemasters.html .

Lesley University's Online Science in Education Masterís Program
Students in Lesley University's Science in Education online master's degree program praise its combination of science concepts and pedagogy. The Science in Education online program aligns with National Science Education Standards that call for inquiry-based learning and innovative teaching models. Each module is taught by two instructors: a scientist and a science educator. For more information on the 33-credit program, go to http://www.lesley.edu/soe/science/ .

Graceland Universityís Video Program for Master of Education Graceland University's new Master of Education degree, available via distance learning, focuses on the quality school practices of William Glasser. This degree is the result of a partnership between Graceland University and Quality Educational Programs and is designed specifically for the working teacher. In a blend of video and online course work, you will be offered a variety of learning experiences. You will be able to concentrate on the type of learning that best fits your needs and your schedule: one-to-one with your faculty mentor, online with your colleagues, or in your classroom applying what you have learned with your own students. The program has 10 courses, and a new course begins every nine weeks. To learn more, go to http://www.qualitymastersdegree.com/ .

Multicultural Science, Math, and Technology Course at Ohio State University
Ohio State University is offering a three-credit graduate course titled Calendars. Everyday questions about times and dates are answered in different ways by different cultures. The study of calendars and time is a fascinating way to learn about important topics in science, mathematics, and technology and how they impact human life. This course will use calendars as a history-based and multicultural integrative theme to develop curriculum materials for classroom use in grades 7-12. Through the historical inquiry of different cultural calendars--Greek, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Hindu, Indian, Mayan/Aztec, and Roman--you will explore a variety of content areas, including Earth science, Mathematics, global studies, and technology. More information on course content is available by visiting http://newark.osu.edu/candersen/calendar.html .

Astronomy & Planetary Science Course at California State University-Dominguez Hills
This astronomy and planetary science course, sponsored by The Planetary Society and California State University Dominguez Hills, will air twice weekly over the Internet and local Los Angeles area cable networks. Dr. Bruce Betts, The Planetary Society's Director of Projects, will teach the introductory course, gearing it to students ranging from teens to adults. Students will be taught how to make basic observations of the night sky not requiring a telescope, of objects such as planets, the Moon, meteors, satellites, and stars. Visit http://www.planetary.org/bettsclass/ to learn more.

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