Communication Studies: Communication Education Emphasis M.A. to be offered at a distance through UNI

Communications teacher standing behind a podium speaking to her class

The University of Northern Iowa is accepting applications for its Master of Arts in Communication Studies: Communication Education Emphasis program that is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2017. This program is designed for high school educators who wish to teach at community colleges or work in affiliated educational fields, for K through 12 educators wishing to update their skills and increase professional mobility with an advanced degree and for those who may wish to pursue a Ph.D. in communication education.

“This program continues the UNI Department of Communication Studies' commitment to excellence in teacher education and professional development. We have designed scheduling, coursework and major assignments with working professionals in mind – ensuring a perfect blend between rigor and accessibility,” says Kyle Rudick, program coordinator and assistant professor of communication studies. “We look forward to working with educators from Iowa and beyond to explore the intersections of communication, teaching, and learning and to create schools that work for students, citizens and society.”

The degree consists of 33 units of credit that can be earned in six consecutive semesters. Courses are taken using a cohort model in which a group of students moves together through the course sequence with the degree to be earned spring 2019. Offered entirely online, participants can complete the program without the need to commute to campus.

Courses meeting in the fall and spring semesters will be taught in eight-week modules on Wednesday evenings. Summer courses are offered concurrently in an eight-week session. The courses are taught using a combination of Adobe Connect, a desktop video conferencing system, and online via eLearning, a Blackboard learning management system.