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Online Degrees and Programs

eCore (Core courses offered fully online)

The University of West Georgia is a proud "host" institution for the University System of Georgia's eCore program. eCore—short for electronic core-curriculum—allows University System of Georgia (USG) students the opportunity to complete their first two years of their collegiate careers in an online environment. eCore courses are taught entirely online, except for the occasional proctored exam. eCore offers courses in English, mathematics, science, history, and the social sciences that are designed, developed, taught and supported by faculty and staff from the USG.

eCore is not a formal degree program but is a convenient and adaptable option for either getting started in college or for resuming college after a break or pause. The core curriculum primarily consists of courses required during the first two years of college for a given degree. Not all core curriculum classes are available via eCore; you may need to take some core classes in a traditional classroom setting.

For more information about this program, please see: http://www.westga.edu/~ecore

Doctorate in School Improvement

The Doctorate in School Imporvement program offers a unique opportunity for educators looking for an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based doctoral program that prepares graduates to become change agents in the schools they serve.

We are undertaking a new direction, as we begin to transform the program to a "hybrid" model, with 100% of our coursework being delivered online. This new version of our highly-successful program is set to begin with our Summer 2011 Cohort.

  • All coursework is delivered online - Coursework is delivered using a wide variety of instructional technologies.
  • Requires very few visits to our Carrollton, GA campus. - In fact, students are only required to come to campus twice during the program:  (1) for an intensive 2-1/2 day Orientation during the first summer, and (2) for an intensive Dissertation Prep Seminar during the second summer.
  • Prepares you for your dissertation - Our program guides you through the process by incorporating it into the coursework.
  • Completon within 3 years - We have incorprated the dissertation into the second half of the coursework, the program is designed to be completed in three years.
  • The Faculty - Our faculty are nationally recognized, committed to school improvement, and understand your needs as an adult online learner.

For more information on our Doctorate in School Improvement at the University of West Georgia, contact Craig A. Mertler, cmertler@westga.edu, Director of School Improvement Program.

For more information about this program, please see: http://www.westga.edu/eddsi/


M.A.T in Secondary Mathematics and Science Education

The Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) Secondary Math and Science is an online degree offered cooperatively by five institutions: Columbus State University, Georgia Southern University, Kennesaw State University, University of West Georgia, and Valdosta State University, all fully accredited institutions in the University System of Georgia. This program targets career changers who are interested in entering the teaching profession and who possess the prerequisite educational background in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or a related field. Teacher certification options available through this degree include Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Earth/Space Science at the secondary level (i.e., certification in grades 6-12).

The 39-hour program is based on the Georgia Framework for Teaching which supports six domains: content & curriculum, knowledge of students & their learning, learning environments, assessment, planning & instruction, and professionalism. These competencies are embedded in courses, and students are expected to demonstrate that they can meet the competencies primarily in two performance-based courses: Practicum and Student Teaching.

All course work and assignments are completed online. Some courses require 30-90 hours of field experience within the grades 6-12 setting. Individuals choose the online M.A.T. in Secondary Math and Science Education because of its accreditation, quality, and fit with their busy lifestyles. Classes are offered each Fall, Spring, and Summer semester, permitting students to complete the program in six consecutive semesters. Students may enter the program during fall semester only. The program follows a 15-week semester schedule for Spring and Fall Semester and a modified schedule for Summer Semester.

For more information on our M.A.T Program at the University of West Georgia, contact Dr. Frank Butts, fbutts@westga.edu , Director of M.A.T Programs.

The Georgia WebMBA ® at the University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia’s Richards College of Business is a member of The Georgia WebMBA®.  The Georgia WebMBA® offers highly qualified students the ability to earn an accredited Masters of Business Administration degree in a convenient and flexible online setting. As a WebMBA student, you will be able to build upon your current career success while also deepening your knowledge base and will be able to apply what you are learning at your work place.

The Georgia WebMBA® consists of highly qualified professors from six University System of Georgia institutions, in which the University of West Georgia is included.

The Richards College of Business MBA Program at the University of West Georgia is delivered in three formats:

On Campus in Carrollton: Courses are offered in the evening. Students enroll full-time or part-time. Students are admitted each semester.

The Newnan Center: Courses are offered in seven or eight week blocks. Students enroll part-time and take one course at a time. Courses are scheduled one night a week. Students complete the degree program in approximately 22 months. Students are admitted each semester.

The Georgia WebMBA: A cohort-based program. All courses are offered completely online. Students complete the degree in 22 months. Students are admitted in fall and spring semesters.

For more information on our Graduate Business Programs at the University of West Georgia, contact Dr. Hope Udombon, hudombon@westga.edu , Administrative Director of Graduate Business Programs.

For more information about this program, please see: http://www.westga.edu/rcob/index_12364.php

Master of Science in Nursing Program: Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Education

The Department of Nursing post-master's certificate program is designed for master's prepared nurses who desire further education for roles in teaching.

Nursing education - The program of study requires 10 credit hours and addresses innovations in curriculum, instructional skills and strategies, the development and use of educational technology, and educational assessment and evaluation. Students develop expertise in health education and promotion, patient education, professional development, or college/university teaching. Graduates meet the educational requirements to sit for the national certification examination as a nurse educator.

Admission is limited to master's prepared registered nurses licensed in the state in which the practica will occur. applicants must have an earned master's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. The certificate may be earned in a minimum of 12 months. Internet access is required. The majority of coursework is provided online with minimal face to face meetings.

Individualized practica experiences will be based on students' learning needs and previous teaching experiences. Students have the opportunity to learn with master teachers and qualified preceptors in various educational settings. For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Laurie Jowers Ware at 678-839-6552 or http://www.westga.edu/~nurs/MSN%20Program/MSN%20Program.htm.

Media and Instructional Technology

The programs in Media and Instructional Technology are designed to prepare school library media specialists, directors of media services, instructional technologists, and instructional technology coordinators at the graduate level. The programs reflect the latest research in the field, effective practices in the profession, and successful leadership models. The programs lead to Georgia Department of Education certification at the
S-5, and S-6 levels.

The department offers classes through a variety of distance technologies.  The "Course Offerings" site lists the classes and the format in which they are delivered.  This list is updated as changes take place so that students can carefully plan their programs.

  • The Add-On program in Media has 92% of classes delivered online with only 1 to 3 face-to-face meetings per class.
  • The Master's in Media program for School Library Media Specialists has 92% of classes delivered online with only 1 to 3 face-to-face meetings per class.
  • The Master's in Media for Instructional Technologists has 92% of classes delivered online with 0 to 2 face-to-face meetings per class.
  • The Ed.S. programs in Media for both School Library Media Specialists and Instructional Technologists is 100% online with 0 to 2 face-to-face meetings per class.

For more specific information about MIT courses, program offerings or to contact the department, please see: http://coe.westga.edu/mit/programs.html (primary contact: Dr. Dawn Putney - dputney@westga.edu)

P-12 Education: ESOL Endorsement Certificate (partially online)

The three required courses for ESOL (English Speakers of Other Languages) Endorsement Certificate are offered on a rotating basis every semester. Courses are typically delivered partially online. For more specific information about the ESOL courses, similar program offerings or to contact the department, please see: http://coe.westga.edu/ci/programsGrad.html

Bachelor of Science in Criminology

The Department of Criminology now offers an online degree program for the B.S. in Criminology. All of the program requirements are the same as those for the B.S. in Criminology program offered on the UWG campus. For more information on those requirements, please click HERE. To download and view our 2011 Criminology Program Sheet, click HERE. To download and view a copy of the Criminology Core Curriculum requirements, click HERE. In the very near future, we plan on having a list of courses that are going to be available online for each given semester. For more information on our online degree program, please contact Dr. David Jenks, Chair of the Department of Criminology, at djenks@westga.edu.

In addition to these programs, distance courses in many disciplines are also offered each term. Please check the Class Bulletin at http://banweb.westga.edu. Select PDL - Partial D/L or TDL - Total D/L. These imply partial or total Distance Learning.


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