UCM teams with PBS TeacherLine to offer college credit toward graduate degreeThe University of Central Missouri partners with PBS TeacherLine to offer online classes for teachers who want to advance their education, reports digitalBURG.com

Currently, the school is one of eight Missouri universities that are offering graduate credit opportunities for its students. Meanwhile, the college is one of only two partnering institutions in the state to allow the course to be taught completely online.

“These classes are for the practicing educator who needs a convenient and cost-effective way to get professional development,” Barb Carder, assistant director of extended studies for distance learning at UCM told the news source. “Current graduate students would need to check with their advisor to determine if the course will count toward a degree program.”

The courses are developed to integrate a variety of technologies, including video, audio and interactive tools, college officials told the news source. Furthermore, classes meet all local and national accreditation standards, and cover a wide range of areas, including instructional strategies, instructional technology, math, reading, language arts and science.

According to a 2008 report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, elementary teachers earned an average of $52,240 that year.

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