San Diego State University, Interwork Institute will partner with the College of Micronesia-FSM to implement a 30 semester hour, 10 course master’s degree program. San Diego State University, Interwork Institute, has partnered with Pacific entities to provide degree and certificate training programs in the FSM and other Pacific entities for the past 30 years. These programs have resulted in over 100 individuals completing master degree programs. The program is designed to allow working professionals to complete an advanced degree program without having to leave island or their current position.
The Department of Administration Rehabilitation and Postsecondary Education offers a program leading to a Master of Arts in Education (M.Ed.) with a concentration in Postsecondary Education Leadership. The proposed FSM cohort would offer specialization courses in Curriculum and Instruction designed specifically to support and improve the skills of practicing classroom teachers.
Students who pursue the Masters degree are prepared for effective education management and leadership positions in changing multicultural societies and in varying organizational environments. Students pursue courses and learning experiences that are relevant and practical given the unique educational needs represented in their country. Student research associated with the program is targeted to respond to critical education issues facing each nation.
The emphasis in Postsecondary Education Leadership with specialized courses in curriculum and instruction prepares individuals to serve as effective classroom teachers as well as leadership roles in government, human resources, community colleges, universities, technical schools, the military and adult schools in both national and international settings. Some of these roles will include positions such as administrators, trainers, human resource directors, public administration department directors, college and technical school teachers, community college deans, and college directors.
The program will utilize a blended distance learning model. This model provides face-to-face instruction for most courses and is supported through local learning facilitators who work with a lead instructor from SDSU to ensure courses are relevant to student needs. Course content is delivered via the Internet and the use of CDs. Instructors interact with students via face-to-face instruction, online discussions, web exercises, and audio and video lectures. Each course lasts approximately ten weeks. The program will take approximately two years to complete. While working on courses, students are required to meet once a week with a designated learning facilitator. These “Circle Group” meetings allow for content discussions, teleconferences by the instructor, and for students to develop a deeper sense of being involved in a professional learning community that will have local impact.
Any questions about the program should be sent to Dr. Steve Spencer, Director, Center for Pacific Studies.