Wilkes University uses online components for its doctor of education degree programWilkes University, which is located in Pennsylvania, recently announced that teaching professionals can now earn a doctor of education degree starting in the fall 2011 semester, according to the school's website.

The 60-credit program will include majors in higher education administration, educational technology and K-12 administration.

Officials were quoted on the website saying that the K-12 track can lead to a superintendent's letter of eligibility for students who hold a Pennsylvania principal or supervisory certificate when they begin their first class.

"Participants in our program position themselves to be leaders in education," said Michael Speziale, dean of the School of Education, quoted on the website. "They appreciate our highly relevant content that can be applied immediately to their respective positions,"

The program will incorporate traditional classroom-style learning with online components. Students can finish the curricula in four years by completing 12 credits annually. Enrollees can transfer as many as 12 credits from another institution toward the degree.

U.S. News and World Report indicates that enrollment in online programs has increased by 832 percent to more than two million students over the past nine years.

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