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The online Doctorate of Education in Instructional Technology degree is a unique program that prepares students to be leaders in merging technology with learning.

“This program consists of a unique collaborative curriculum between the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Computer Science Department, offering a meaningful blend of technical application and instructional theory,” says Marilyn Rice, Ph.D., doctoral director of the Doctorate in Instructional Technology program.

Faculty in the Instructional Technology program have been pioneers in the online teaching and learning environment, having taught elements of courses online dating back to 1999.

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By completing the program entirely online, students are able to pursue their degree without the having to relocate due to the restrictions of residency requirements

Dr. Rice says the experience and enthusiasm of online learning is evident in the Doctorate of Education in Instructional Technology program, utilizing a variety of online learning resources.

“We’ve found the communication and collaboration opportunities among people from various walks of life and cultures provides a secondary level of learning for our students that is not attainable in most face-to-face programs,” says Rice.

Graduates of the program are poised for success in a variety of applications, such as leaders of instructional technology, guiding their organizations toward achieving meaningful integration of technology, or as instructional technology leaders working in school districts, community colleges, universities, or businesses in support and service roles regarding instructional design, assessment of learning/management systems, networking, and assessment/implementation of instructional software.

Applications for the program are due June 1.

For more information about the online Doctorate of Education in Instructional Technology degree visit http://distance.shsu.edu.

The College of Business Administration offers a unique perspective on project management through the online Master of Science in Project Management degree, a program committed to positioning students to launch new products and services into rapidly changing environments.

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Pamela Zelbst, Ph.D., PMP, associate professor of Management and director of the Center for Innovation & Technology, says the College of Business Administration took their time to ensure the online program would prepare their students to make an immediate impact in the workplace.

“Developing the online M.S. in Project Management is something we’ve been working on for a very long time; five years ago we began meeting to determine what would most benefit our online students,” she says. “The nice thing about this degree is most project management degrees will be in Information Technology, whereas our degree is offered through the College of Business Administration. There are very few programs in the country with that emphasis, and we feel we bring a unique perspective to the table.”

One of the requirements for admission into the program is three years of significant managerial and professional experience. Zelbst says this requirement allows for students to contribute to meaningful class discussions as well as act as a facilitator for personal experience amongst peers.

The program emphasizes student preparation for certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI), the premier certifying organization for the project management discipline.

Zelbst says she consistently receives feedback from her students throughout the semester regarding how quickly students are able to incorporate their coursework into their professional settings.

“The program is practical in nature, which allows for students to assess situations quickly and incorporate change when necessary,” she says. “Our faculty work very hard to develop our curriculum for the program and a whole team of people are working to push the program forward. Project management is a passion, and companies are looking for people who can make things happen”

The program’s thinking outside of the box philosophy has led students to working alongside top businesses across the world, including a recent project with NASA.

Visit http://distance.shsu.edu to find out more about the online Master of Science in Project Management offered through SHSU Online, and see what you can do to get started today!

Sam Houston State University’s College of Criminal Justice has been an innovator in criminal justice education since 1963, and their online BA in Criminal Justice and online BS in Criminal Justice degrees offer students the convenience of an online program with the prestige that accompanies a degree from SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice.

The college takes great strides to ensure the online BA in Criminal Justice and online BS in Criminal Justice degrees provide students with the same quality education and professional benefits students attending class on campus receive.

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Kathy Latz, Clinical Assistant Professor

“Our online degree programs provide students with the same quality of instruction as our brick and mortar campuses,” says Dr. Kathy Latz, clinical assistant professor in the Masters of Victim Services Management program. “Distance learning is ideal for non-traditional students, including working professionals interested in pursuing a new career in the comfort of their own homes and at times that accommodate their busy schedules.”

Whereas the online BA in Criminal Justice and online BS in Criminal Justice degrees host the same core curriculum, the difference in degree specific requirements are catered to the student’s interests. The online BA in Criminal Justice degree requires 14 hours of foreign language hours, while the online BS in Criminal Justice degree requires specific tracks in philosophy and psychology.

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David C. Pyrooz, Assistant Professor

David C. Pyrooz, Ph.D, assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, says online courses also provide students with the ability to cater to their learning strengths.

“One of the best features of online courses is flexibility—whether I am teaching criminological theory, research methods, or my special topics, gangs, I ensure students can advance at their own pace,” he says. “This is important for students because they learn concepts, read the materials, and take tests at different speeds.”

Pyrooz says his online students are able to receive a quality education within their time constraints and at their own pace, allowing for an enjoyable learning experience.

“Such flexibility is not possible in the classroom, which is the primary difference between the courses I teach in person and the courses I teach online,” he says. “Regardless of the devices students use to complete their assignments, or the location where students complete their assignments, this flexibility is advantageous to students to create a positive learning environment.”

Visit http://distance.shsu.edu to find out more about their online BA in Criminal Justice and online BS in Criminal Justice degrees offered through SHSU Online, and see how you can get started today!

The online Bachelor of General Studies degree is a versatile undergraduate program that allows students to design a curriculum geared toward their strengths, goals, or professional aspirations.

Students may complete the degree entirely online through SHSU Online. Among the requirements of the degree, students must select three undergraduate minors from the following options:

SHSU Online Bachelor of General Studies Student

  • Business Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • General Business Administration
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

The flexibility of the online format allows students to pursue their degree without sacrificing professional obligations or taking time from family commitments, and the variety of potential areas of study makes the BGS degree popular amongst online students.

A particular group of students drawn to the online BGS degree are “degree completers,” or students who did not complete their degree prior to dropping out of college. These students are often able to transfer credit hours from previously completed courses spanning a multitude of years.

Another incentive for online students to pursue an online BGS degree is the range of career options available to students upon completion of the degree. Examples include working professionals seeking career advancement, undergraduate students streamlining their enrollment into graduate school, and obtaining an undergraduate degree prior to seeking teacher certification.

The quality of the university’s online programs has consistently received praise in US News & World Report’s rankings of online education programs. This fall, due to record enrollment, SHSU Online continued to offer more online undergraduate and graduate courses to meet the demands of record enrollment and student preferences.

Visit http://distance.shsu.edu to find out more about Bachelor of General Studies offered through SHSU Online, and see what you can do to get started.

The Department of History at Sam Houston State University offers an online Master of Arts in History degree that connects students’ passion for historical events with the convenience of modern-day technology.

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Given the flexibility of pursuing an online degree, the faculty of the Department of History established an online master’s degree with the academic credibility of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the ability to follow a range of interests as it relates to the professional ambitions of an individual student’s interests.

“All of our instructors for the online program are resident faculty at Sam Houston State University and hold a Ph.D. in their respective fields, which we feel is important,” says Dr. Jeffrey Littlejohn, associate professor of history. “We also pride ourselves on the flexibility of our program with thesis-track and non-thesis track degrees; no matter what a student wants, we can fit a program to their needs.”

The online graduate degree is presented to students in three different plans, depending on individual student preference.

  • Plan 1 Designed for students wishing to conduct a thesis.
  • Plan 2  Designed for students preferring all coursework to be in History.
  • Plan 3  Designed for students seeking preparation in history as the major field and in a logically-related minor field.

The department is currently working with approximately 100 online students pursuing their graduate degree in History, and Dr. Littlejohn recently collaborated with students to publish a book entitled Historic Walker County: The Story of Huntsville & Walker County, a comprehensive recount of the development of Walker County dating back to the through the 20th Century.

Dr. Littlejohn says the potential for students enrolled in the online master’s program is limited only by their professional ambitions.

“Our program is one where you can study and succeed in many different professional endeavors, and students benefit greatly from the flexibility of the program as it relates to their area of interest.”

Visit http://distance.shsu.edu to find out more about the Master of Arts in History offered through SHSU Online, and see what you can do to get started today!

The online Master of Education in Instructional Technology program at Sam Houston State University provides students with the skills to use technology as a tool to relay classroom or professional development instruction.

“We designed this to be a very personal program, so we implemented a variety of methods to provide the most beneficial and educational experience for our students. The program is designed to open a lot of doors to potential careers for graduates of the program in various corporations or in the education field.”

– Dr. Kimberly LaPrairie

The 18-month program, provided by the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, may be completed entirely online and enforces a strong, working knowledge of technological communication methods including web design, podcasts, webcasts, and virtual world environments.

SHSU Online Master of Education in Instructional Technology“The program is a combination of courses covering curriculum and instruction, computer science, and educational leadership,” says Kimberly LaPrairie, assistant professor and coordinator for the Master of Education in Instructional Technology program. “The program is designed to open a lot of doors to potential careers for graduates of the program in various corporations or in the education field.”

The M.Ed. in Instructional Technology degree consists of 30 credit hours covering a range of disciplines, drawing course content from three departments within the university. The coursework consists of four Curriculum and Instruction courses, four Computer Science courses, and two Educational Leadership courses.

LaPrairie says the College of Education made strides to set the level of expectations high for student interaction and accessibility while using the online program.

“We designed this to be a very personal program, so we implemented a variety of methods to provide the most beneficial and educational experience for our students,” she says. “Some universities have hundreds of students enrolled in their programs with one professor and one grader. We accept approximately 20 students in a semester, and utilize virtual office sessions and all of the other technological communications that we teach in our course.”

Visit http://distance.shsu.edu to find out more about the Master of Education in Instructional Technology offered through SHSU Online, and see what you can do to get started today!

The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice program at SHSU fosters the growth and professional development of students as they develop advanced knowledge in criminal justice and criminology.

The College of Criminal Justice, one of the largest and most prestigious criminal justice programs in the nation, offers a wealth of information from professors who helped shape criminal justice research.

SHSU Online Program Spotlight: Online MS in Criminal Justice

“Now more than ever, the field of criminal justice recognizes the need for a well-educated workforce, and that is exactly the type of high quality education we will provide through our graduate programs here at Sam Houston State University.”

– Dr. Gaylene Armstrong

“We have a top-ranked program nationally and internationally, as the result of an engaged faculty who have a worldwide reputation for excellence in the field of criminal justice,” says Dr. Gaylene Armstrong, Associate Professor and Director of CJ Graduate Programs for the College of Criminal Justice. “We are setting a higher standard for educating the criminal justice workforce in the United States by offering challenging and cutting edge coursework as the field of criminal justice continues to evolve.”

The online Master of Science in Criminal Justice degree consists of 36 credit hours of coursework that prepares students to flourish in a variety of criminal justice administration positions, including organizational management and social policy.

Through the quality programming offered by the college and strong faculty relationships with local, state, and national criminal justice agencies, graduates have secured well-respected positions throughout the country.  SHSU graduates from the College of Criminal Justice have gone on to become judges, chief probation officers, police administrators, victim advocates, federal law enforcement agents, and more.

The college continues to build relationships with law enforcement agencies across the world— providing first-class research and resources to assist in advancing knowledge in the field.

“This is an exciting time for criminal justice students because criminal justice agency officials, legislators, and researchers all recognize the importance of translating evidence-based research into practice to affect positive change in our society,” emphasized Dr. Armstrong. “Now more than ever, the field of criminal justice recognizes the need for a well-educated workforce, and that is exactly the type of high quality education we will provide through our graduate programs here at Sam Houston State University.”

Visit http://distance.shsu.edu to find out more about the Master of Science in Criminal Justice offered through SHSU Online, and see what you can do to get started today!