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Western to offer online-only master's degree in continuing and college education

Western Today staff

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education will offer its Master of Education in Continuing and College Education degree program via an online-only format beginning fall 2012.

The Master of Education in Continuing and College Education, Western’s first online master’s degree, will prepare graduate students and educational professionals to teach, train and administer educational programs for adults in varied professional settings such as colleges and universities, businesses, social services, non-profits, government, and the community.

The new format, Continuing and College Education – Distance Learning (CCE-DL), will open the door to graduate students nationwide as courses will be delivered completely online, with no face-to-face or on-campus meetings required. The CCE-DL program begins Sept. 26. Applications will be accepted from June 1 to Aug. 1, 2012.

The 52-credit graduate program combines eight, four-credit required core courses and five, four-credit elective courses. CCE-DL is non-cohort based and will feature open enrollment each academic quarter. Students will be offered two courses every quarter, including five pre-selected electives representing a wide range of adult education curriculum. CCE-DL students can earn their Master of Education in as little as two years (seven quarters).

CCE-DL courses are managed by the Blackboard Course Management System. The courses typically use video/audio taped lectures, website links, PowerPoint presentations, discussion group, live chats and printed materials. Students learn the latest technology tools to make the distance education classes as exciting and interactive as possible.

In addition to being Western’s first online master’s degree, CCE is the first master’s program at Western to offer two delivery methods. Woodring’s Continuing and College Education will also continue to offer its CCE-Hybrid master’s program option, a combination of online, live chat and face-to-face meetings, on-campus in Bellingham.

For more information, visit, or contact CCE Program Director Sandra Ratcliff Daffron at or (360) 650-2977.

Western Washington University’s Woodring College of Education is recognized throughout Washington, and beyond, as a leader in the development and implementation of programs that prepare outstanding teachers, from early childhood to adult education; educational administration leaders; human services professionals; and rehabilitation counselors.

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