For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran
732.987.2266
gillerand@georgian.edu

GCU to Offer Online Accelerated Master’s in Educational Administration and Leadership Program

Good News for New Jersey Educators: A University-Based, Online Master’s Degree

Lakewood, N.J., July 12, 2007—Beginning this fall, Georgian Court University will offer New Jersey educators a totally online, accelerated method of obtaining their M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership. The alternative Internet-based degree program will make becoming a certified school superintendent, principal, supervisor, or school business administrator much more convenient for busy educators.

“Our new, totally online master’s degree in Educational Administration and Leadership is a progressive program that gives busy educators the flexibility and convenience to pursue their career goals while allowing time for their rigorous home and professional schedules,” says Robert Andrews, Ed.D., program chair and assistant professor of education. “It’s ideal for busy, technologically savvy professionals.”

He explains that the program differs from the conventional course of study because it is held completely online, as opposed to the traditional program requiring a physical presence on campus. Most importantly, students receive the same high-quality program content and instruction for which Georgian Court University is well known.

“Because all graduate students at the university are commuters, and students in this program are typically working full time and often raising families, online courses are an ideal way for them to earn the M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership degree,” Dr. Andrews says. The course is designed for certified, currently practicing, experienced teachers who aspire to educational leadership. With school leadership positions openings increasing in New Jersey and a shrinking pool of qualified educators, this program is good news for New Jersey’s schools.

The courses will be offered in six 7.5-week sessions per year—two sessions in each of the traditional 15-week fall and winter/spring semesters, and two sessions in the summer. In each session, two courses will be offered, with the exception of the last year of the program.

The program will begin in August, with the sequence of courses repeated again in the Fall 2008 semester, and thereafter every 6–12 months based on student demand. The university’s online course policy, which was developed during academic year 2003–2004, caps enrollment in distance courses at 15 students per course section.

To learn more about the online accelerated M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership, contact Eugene Soltys, director of graduate admissions, at soltyse@georgian.edu or 732.987.2770, or Dr. Robert Andrews at andrewsr@georgian.edu or 732.987.2754.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves almost 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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