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Arizona State Launching Online Credential for Online Teaching

Arizona State University has expanded its online degree and certification programs for PK-12 teachers, including the addition of a new credential for online teaching. Tuition will be the same whether the student is in state or out of state.

Beginning with the fall 2010 semester, six new programs in the education area will be available completely online. Arizona preschool and kindergarten teachers will also have the opportunity to fulfill their early childhood education certification requirement online in order to meet a state department of education July 2012 deadline.

"We have expanded opportunities for elementary and secondary teachers with our online programs," said Mari Koerner, dean of ASU's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. "Teachers deserve the same exceptional learning experiences that they give their students each day. Our programs make that opportunity realistic and affordable for teachers, whatever the time of day or wherever they call home."

Online graduate program tuition will be $355 per credit hour, excluding fees. One new program--the first fully online graduate certificate offering from Arizona State--is a 15-credit hour graduate certificate for online teaching for grades K-12, designed for educators who want to lead development, implementation, and evaluation of online and hybrid education programs at their schools.

Courses will cover trends and policies in Web-based instruction, theory and practice in online learning, instructional design and course development, and the application of online teaching in field-based experiences.

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Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.