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New master's program geared to Social Studies educators

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (Sept. 18, 2003) -- The Office of Personal and Professional Development at Ohio University Zanesville Campus is committed to serving the needs of area teachers with frequent workshops and convenient graduate programs created especially for educators. Continuing this tradition, a new graduate program leading to a Master's Degree in Social Sciences (M.S.S.) will begin January 2004.

The program, an Arts and Sciences professional development masters for public school teachers who teach in the social studies area, will be offered via Ohio University's compressed video system. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree and at least one year of employment experience relevant to one or more social science disciplines.

"We are excited about this graduate program," said Zanesville Campus Dean James Fonseca. "Typically, graduate programs are on our campus for one cycle, but as long as enrollment can be sustained, local educators can continue to get this degree in Zanesville after the initial offering."

One course will be offered each quarter during the period of the program, on Saturday afternoons in winter and spring quarters in academic year 2003-2004. In the succeeding academic years, the courses will be offered on Saturday mornings. The summer course will meet for five Saturdays during the first summer session.

Students must take one particular History course, "Colloquium in US History in Recent Times," in addition to nine other courses in the areas of History, Geography, or Political Science. In the last quarter of study, each student must pass an oral examination conducted by a committee of faculty members.

Marvin Fletcher, director of the M.S.S. Program in Athens, will conduct two information sessions in Elson Hall 223. The first is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept 30, from 6 to 7 p.m. and the second will be held on Thursday, Oct 23, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Anyone interested in attending either of the information sessions should contact Cindy Oliver at 740-588-1400 or at ouzconted@ohio.edu.

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