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last updated: 3/14/03

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MS in Education with an Option in Online Teaching and Learning

The Master of Science in Education with an Option in Online Teaching and Learning prepares educators and trainers to design, implement, and teach online courses. Students in the master's program study the practices, theories, and protocols of online teaching and learning while experiencing online learning themselves. The program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is offered entirely online.

Students will cover a wide range of topics including the virtual classroom, synchronous vs. asynchronous learning, the use of the World-Wide Web for instruction, multimedia instructional design for individuals with disabilities, virtual communities, and a variety of uses of technology tools. Online courses will be contrasted with campus or corporate based face-to-face courses in terms of how each serves to meet the needs of individual students.

The master's program is interdisciplinary and draws upon Cal State Hayward faculty from the School of Education and Allied Studies, the School of Arts, Letters, and Social Sciences, the School of Business and Economics, and the School of Science. These faculty have experienced online education as students in online courses and as instructors in the delivery of online courses. Experienced and outstanding part-time faculty from other institutions of higher education and from the professional community will be available in addition to full-time faculty from Cal State Hayward.

The master's degree is offered entirely online, so students are never required to come to campus. Instead, students may attend from anyplace in the world where they have Internet and World-Wide Web access. Because of the intensive nature of online instruction, students should expect to spend 6-12 hours or more per week on each online class. Courses are either 5 or 10 weeks in length. Students will be able to communicate with their instructors and advisors by email, telephone, "chat" room office hours, and/or videoconference.

Admission Requirements:
The master's program requires that students have access to a computer and modem that is connected to the World-Wide Web. Students will have password access to a course delivery system for all but the project/thesis course, which will be done on a one-on-one basis, mostly via email or web server, with their advisor.

The master's degree requires that students:

  • hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • have earned a GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter units (or semester equivalent) of upper-division, post-baccalaureate, and graduate-level course-work
  • have filed all graduate application materials with the office of Admissions and Records
  • provide two official copies of transcripts from all higher education institutions attended
  • *have a TOEFL score of 550 on paper test or 213 on computerized test OR have an official transcript or letter from the college or university certifying that English was the language of instruction (*only applies to international students from countries where English is not the official language)

The degree offered through our program is a regular MS in Education from California State University, Hayward, and the program is managed through the Division of Extended and Continuing Education at Hayward.

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