Montclair State University Launches First Fully Online Master's Degree Programs

Applications now being accepted for January 2013

Montclair State will offer two popular master’s degree programs fully online beginning January 2013: the MA in Child Advocacy and Policy (CHAD) and the MA in Educational Leadership (ELAD). Both programs are now accepting applications for the spring term. These online programs build on Montclair State's solid reputation while also providing graduate students with the flexibility and convenience of online learning.

In choosing to offer the MA in Educational Leadership and the MA in Child Advocacy program online, the University is putting its best foot forward. These programs represent areas for which Montclair State has a solid reputation of excellence, and in which it is a state and national leader.

The MA in Educational Leadership program provides students with the conceptual tools and professional preparation necessary to become accomplished school leaders.  Montclair State is a leader in teacher education and teacher preparation. Providing a fully online master’s degree program in Educational Leadership provides another a vehicle for teacher’s to advance their career and expand their skill set. The program is being offered as “degree only” or with a NJ certification option, allowing students who qualify to secure their Supervisor and Principal certifications.

The Child Advocacy and Policy online master’s degree program builds on the existing post-baccalaureate certificate program in Child Advocacy and Policy. Graduates of the certificate program can apply completed courses to the Master’s degree, allowing students to complete that degree in about three semesters.

Both online programs are structured to ensure that students can attain their degrees at a manageable pace while remaining eligible for graduate loans. Students take two courses per semester, one at a time, over a 7 1/2 week session.

As with traditional degrees, the key to successful online programs is quality. “Montclair State has a reputation for delivering quality programs, and the University and faculty have worked hard to ensure that quality translates into online delivery,” says graduate school dean Joan Ficke. “These programs measure up to our nationally recognized standard of excellence.”

Initially, the new programs will be available to those who live in New Jersey, New York, Idaho, Texas, Georgia, and Utah.

For those attending the NJEA convention on November 8 and 9 in Atlantic City, NJ, representatives from The Graduate School and administrators from these programs will be available on-site at Booth # 1507 to answer any questions and will be able to provide on-the-spot processing of applications and discuss how these degrees can help participants achieve their career goals.

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