San Diego State University, the Interwork Institute, has partnered with Pacific entities to provide degree and certificate training programs in the Republic of Palau and other Pacific entities for the past 20 years. These programs have resulted in over 100 individuals completing various degree programs. The bachelor’s degree program is designed to allow working professionals to complete an advanced degree without having to leave island or their current position.
We are proud to be partnering with the American Samoa Department of Education to offer the 2010-13 Cohort of the Inter-Disciplinary Bachelors Degree in three departments. Specifically, this program will offer specialized courses in the areas of Criminal Justice, Public Administration, and Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education. The degree program is being offered in recognition of the success that we have accomplished through the Facilitated Distance Learning Model offered by SDSU, Interwork Institute in partnership with the American Samoa Department of Education. The degree program will begin in September, 2010 with graduation expected in December, 2013.
Students in the program will be public service employees. As such, most deal with practical issues surrounding their workplace and communities. In response, much of the instruction will be delivered through problem/project based learning techniques. Using "real-life" issues and situations as the context for the instruction, students will be better prepared to improve their instructional practices.
The program will utilize a blended distance-learning model. This model provides face-to-face instruction for most courses and is supported through local facilitators who work with the SDSU lead instructor to ensure courses are relevant to student needs. Courses are delivered via the Internet and are also copied to flash drives to make content available to students when offline. Instructors interact with students via face-to-face instruction, online discussions, web activities, and audio and video lectures. Each course lasts approximately ten weeks. The program will take approximately three years to complete. Please see the Degree Timetable link to the left for a complete list of courses.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Steve Spencer, Director
Center for Pacific Studies
San Diego State University
3590 Camino del Rio North
San Diego, CA 92108