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The program is designed so that students who take two courses per semester including summers can finish in two years. All degree programs in the Graduate School at Valdosta State University must be completed within seven years.
Valdosta State University uses BlazeVIEW (Blackboard Vista 8 Course Management System) to provide the online learning environment for the courses in the program. The minimum technical requirements are listed here: http://www.valdosta.edu/vista/requirements.shtml
Some courses are entirely asynchronous, allowing students to complete the assignments on their own schedule as long as they meet regular deadlines. Some courses require some (typically once every two to three weeks) synchronous interaction with the instructor and/or other students after 5:00 p.m. weeknights, but all the courses are designed to be compatible with the schedule of educators working full time.
See the Admissions page.
The tuition you are charged depends on how many courses you take. The cost for fall 2013 is $789.00 per course, plus a $48.00 technology fee. Students at VSU who are in completely online programs are charged at the e-rate. Tuition/fees do not include the cost of books or supplemental materials.
The Office of Financial Aid's website has a wealth of information on applying for funding sources. For graduate students, student loans are the primary source of financial aid. For a general list of possible financial aid sources, please click here.
Application materials are accepted electronically and administered through the VSU Graduate School. Click here to apply: http://www.valdosta.edu/gradschool/application.shtml
Yes. The M.A. in English Studies for Language Arts Teachers is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).
Valdosta State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist, and doctoral degrees. VSU is also a member of the Administrative Committee on Graduate Studies (ACGS), University System of Georgia, Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and Council of Southern Graduate Schools (CSGS).
For further questions about the accreditation of VSU, contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500.
Yes. The program has worked closely with the Professional Standards Commission to insure that our degree meets their requirements.
Valdosta State University is a premier regional residential university of approximately 13,000 students located in beautiful South Georgia near the Florida border. Established in 1906, VSU offers 73 undergraduate degrees, 59 graduate degrees and a variety of online graduate programs including master’s level education, education specialist’s degrees, and a Doctor of Public Administration.
For more information on VSU, click here: http://www.valdosta.edu/pres/greeting.shtml