Spring 2013


M.A. of Education Goes Online

Online option focuses on theory and method of teaching, administration

Humboldt State is now offering an online master’s degree in education.

“We’ve been successful for the past 13 years in serving our local community, but have had an increasing number of requests from folks further away who would like to participate in this program,” said Education professor Eric Van Duzer. “Our new format allows anyone who would like to earn their degree from HSU to do so.”

HSU’s M.A. in Education is a generalist degree with evening classes for working teachers. Students complete eight core courses and specialize in one of four areas: administrative services, curriculum and instruction, special education or special studies.

The degree emphasizes close faculty and student interaction. “One of the things that sets our program apart is the intense level of support from faculty and HSU’s strong sense of community,” Van Duzer said.

The program focuses on broadening students’ understanding of the theoretical and methodological aspects of teaching and administration. They are expected to articulate what they know, ask questions about their practice and relate their practice to professional literature.

The M.A. in Education is the latest HSU program to go online. Last year, the School of Education launched an online credential in Secondary Education. The Office of Extended Education also offers online certificates in faculty preparation and exercise nutrition.