San Diego State University's 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 Educational Leadership. The proposed Republic of Palau cohort would offer specialization courses in Public Administration and Human Resource Development in partnership with Palau Community College (PCC).
Students who pursue the master's degree are prepared for effective management and leadership positions in changing multicultural societies and in varying organizational environments. Students experience courses and learning experiences that are relevant and practical given the unique educational needs represented in their country. Related student research associated with the program is targeted to respond to critical leadership and human resource development issues facing each nation.
The program is designed to prepare individuals to serve in 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 include positions such as administrators, trainers, human resource directors, public administration department directors, college and technical school teachers, community college deans, and college directors.
At the request of the ROP, the Interwork Institute will work collaboratively with Palau Community College to provide the master's degree program in Palau using a blended distance education model. A cohort of at least 25 individuals will be carefully selected as public service and human resource personnel in the ROP Government. PCC will contract with SDSU for the Interwork Institute to cover tuition, fees, books and associated costs for delivering the ten-course master's degree program using a variety of on-site and distance supported instruction. The program will commence on January 1, 2015 and will be completed by June 30, 2017.
Any questions about the program should be sent to Dr. Steve Spencer, Director, Center for Pacific Studies.