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RP3 program at Ohio University-Eastern leads to master's degree, principal licensure

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio (March 29, 2004) -- Teachers and other education professionals interested in earning a master's degree and licensure as an Ohio school principal are invited to a Rural Principals Preparation Program (RP3) information session at Ohio University Eastern Campus.

The RP3 program, which will begin at Ohio University-Eastern in the summer quarter, combines an innovative instructional format with a curriculum attuned to the realities of practice. Special features include a focus on leadership and field-based learning.

Working together as cohorts, participants will finish the program in two years. Graduates will have earned a Master of Education degree from the Ohio University College of Education and a recommendation for licensure as an Ohio school principal.

"The RP3 program focuses on the practical application of those leadership skills that allow our graduates to be effective school leaders in a variety of settings," said Dr. Larry Burgess, Director of Educational Studies at Ohio University.

Dr. William Willan, interim dean at Ohio University-Eastern, said, "We are pleased to be able to offer a program that will help provide the next generation of leaders for Ohio Valley schools."

At the 7 p.m. April 13 informational session, Burgess will be on hand to answer questions. The session will be held in the 1787 Lounge at Ohio University-Eastern's Shannon Hall.

For more information, call the Office of the Associate Dean at Ohio University-Eastern at (740) 699-2354 or email at RP3@www.eastern.ohiou.edu.  

The RP3 degree is one of three, and possibly four, new master's degree programs being offered at Ohio University-Eastern as part of the campus's goal to meet the changing educational needs of area students.

"We remain committed to our undergraduate mission," said Willan, "but recognize the need for select graduate programs in the area."

A master's in social work (MSW) program will begin in September Dr. Warren Galbreath, assistant professor of social work at the Eastern Campus, is director of the program. The deadline for applying is May 1, but Galbreath said decisions are being made as applications are completed and turned in.

The master's degree will take three years to earn with about eight courses being offered each year. All of the classes will be held at the Eastern Campus. The Athens Campus of Ohio University is also offering the program, and local students can opt to make up missed classes there.

Also scheduled to begin in September is a master's in business administration (MBA) program. It will offer aspiring business leaders the opportunity to earn the master's degree in a manageable, part-time format and is specifically designed for those who are employed and will be working throughout the program. Those enrolling will be part of a cohort program that lasts seven quarters, or 22 months.

The Eastern Campus is also surveying the community to see if there is sufficient interest to bring the master's program in Social Sciences to campus. Designed primarily for high school social studies teachers, the live, interactive video program would begin in the fall and continue through fall 2006. The program features courses in history, political science and geography. Anyone interested in the program should contact the Office of the Associate Dean at (740) 699-2354.

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