The National Youth-At-Risk Center (NYAR), located within Georgia Southern University’s College of Education, recently announced a call for submissions for the newly launched National Youth-At-Risk Journal (NYAR Journal). The journal is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal that publishes educational articles on how to reduce harmful risk conditions and promote the well-being of all youth, especially vulnerable youth in schools, families and communities. The journal is edited by Drs. Cordelia Zinskie, Dan Rea, James Jupp and Eric Landers. Rea and Landers are co-directors of the center.
The National Youth-At-Risk Center also sponsors a conference, now in its 26th year, which is scheduled for March 1-4, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Savannah, Georgia. This conference showcases nationally recognized keynote and featured speakers who provide professional development for adults serving youth, especially in high-poverty schools (Title I) and communities. Over 120 training sessions provide research-based programs and best practices for creating safe, healthy, caring, and intellectually empowering educational environments that foster the well-being of all children and adolescents. Click here more information on the conference
The journal, published twice a year, is now accepting submissions. Although submissions are accepted on a continuous basis, those received by March 1 will receive priority consideration for publication in the Spring, 2015 issue. Click here for more information on the journal.
Georgia Southern University’s College of Education ranked number six on The Best School’s “25 Best Online Master in Education in Early Childhood Education Degree Programs.” Rankings for the article were determined by several weighted factors including academic excellence, course offerings, faculty strengths and overall reputation. TheBestSchools.org is a leading resource for prospective students seeking a college or university degree.
“We strive for excellence in all our educator and educator leader programs in whatever platform they’re offered,” commented Thomas R. Koballa, Jr., dean and professor of COE. “We’re pleased that our graduate degree in early childhood education has earned a top ranking. The degree gives educators the opportunity to take the next steps in becoming an expert in meeting the diverse needs of students from Pre-K through fifth grade,” he continued.
The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is 100 percent online. COE offers graduate degrees in a traditional face-to-face format, completely online and in a hybrid, or executive, model. “Today’s students, whether in-service educators or those working in other professional settings, need the flexibility our programs offer while being guaranteed the most rigorous and highest quality educational experience,” Koballa continued.
The M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education is designed for individuals who currently hold a Professional Level Four Certificate or equivalent in early childhood education. The M.Ed. can be completed in one year.
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906 offers more than 120-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University is one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, and is the top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education.
Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906 offers more than 120-degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement. The University is one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report, and is the top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars. Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered and hands-on approach to education
To better tailor COE’s programs to the educational needs of Georgia’s education professionals, COE is spear-heading an effort to fund unique, cutting-edge academic programs developed by faculty. “We have a strong legacy of producing quality educators and educational leaders, but we’re not satisfied to stop there,” explained COE Dean Thomas R. Koballa. “The Innovation Incentive Program grew out of our desire to institutionalize innovation, and to bring together faculty from across the College in a cooperative effort to meet the needs of our students and in-service educators in our region and beyond.”
Three proposals were funded this fall. “Digital Media and Learning: Design, Make, Play,” was developed by Assistant Professors MeteAkcaoglu and Eunbae Lee to create a program to help pre-service and in-service educators use the latest technology as a learning tool using such cutting edge technology as robotics, gaming and 3-D printing. The proposal includes creating a flexible technology space where students become comfortable using the technology, learn how to incorporate it in lesson plans and help K-12 students see how technology can help solve real-world problems. The space also will be used to facilitate collaborative research projects and to provide faculty with professional development.
Also funded was “Improving Education for K-12 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students,” a proposal developed by Assistant Professor Alisa Leckie and Associate Professor Robert Lake to bring additional knowledge and practical skills to those working with English language learners. The final project funded in this round of proposals is “M.A.T. in Early Childhood Education,” which will lead to a master’s degree and initial Georgia teaching license for individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are interested in a career as a teacher of young children. The proposal was developed by Assistant Professor Katie Brkich and Associate Professor Julie Maudlin.
“I am impressed by how each proposal took advantage of the expertise and talent that already exists in the College while addressing specific needs that reach beyond our institutional walls,” commented Koballa. Koballa said additional Innovation Incentive Program proposals may be funded in the coming year.
Assistant Professor Antonio Gutierrez, Curriculum, Foundations and Reading, has been appointed as a consulting editor to the prestigious Journal of Educational Psychology, beginning January 2015. The journal has been published for more than 100 years. Gutierrez, joined COE in fall 2014. Among his research interests are self-regulated learning; meta cognition; comprehension monitoring, calibration accuracy and bias and the role of visual displays in learning.
Georgia Southern University College of Education Earns Top 75 Ranking in U.S. News & World Report Online Graduate Report
Georgia Southern University College of Education earned a top 75 ranking out of 252 schools offering online graduate education programs in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report “Best Online Graduate Education Programs” released January 7. “We’re pleased to be in the top 100 tier, said COE Dean Thomas R. Koballa, Jr., Ph.D. “The College of Education continues its commitment to offer high-quality online graduate programs which provide students with the cutting-edge skills they need to increase their employment options,” he said.
“Our online classes meet high standards for excellence,” Koballa continued. “We have a committed faculty trained to teach distance learners, and students from across the region and state know they will be engaged in a rigorous graduate program that furthers their career as an educator in many professional settings,” he said.
This is the fourth year that U.S. News has ranked online graduate education schools. The College of Education scored particularly well in student services, an area that looks at diverse online learning technologies that “allow greater flexibility for students to take classes from a distance.” The category also includes “strong support structures” which provide learning assistance, career guidance and financial aid resources “commensurate with quality campus-based programs.” COE’s graduate programs are supported by a freestanding advisement center, the Graduate Academic Services Center, a dedicated center for graduate student advising and support. “As far as I know, we’re the only education school within our region with a dedicated center for graduate students,” commented Lydia Cross, the center’s director. “We’re particularly attuned to the needs of our online students and are available to them at any time through many platforms we’ve created,” she continued.
The rankings take into account such other factors as student engagement, which includes retention and graduation rates; admissions selectivity; peer reputation; and faculty credentials and training. Program ratings by peer institutions were also included in the rankings.
“The rankings are a good place to start your search for an online graduate education program,” Koballa continued “but we also encourage students to contact our Graduate Academic Services Center where they can speak with trained advisors, faculty and peers about our online programs.”