BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Graduate School of
Education (GSE) will mark the 10th anniversary of its innovative
online programs by doubling the number of full-degree or
certificate programs it offers.
The new programs include a fully online master's degree in
library science with school library media certification. Other
online programs offered by GSE include a master's degree in
rehabilitation counseling, a master's degree in education in
science and the public, an advanced graduate certificate in gifted
education with certification, and a master's degree in library
science with a concentration in reference.
The school also began offering three new advanced graduate
certificates in the spring in mental health counseling,
rehabilitation counseling, and educational technologies and new
Applications are now being accepted for all programs. To apply
online or for more information about any of the programs, visit http://gse.buffalo.edu/online
or call Louise Lalli, programs manager, at 716-645-6622.
"Our online programs have been a key initiative of Dean Mary
Gresham in positioning GSE as a global leader in education," says
Christine Kroll, assistant dean of the Graduate School of
Education. "These programs serve to diversify our student
population, bringing together students from around the country and
"By extending our reach beyond the typical geographic boundaries
of the university," Kroll says, "we are able to attract high
quality students who are ready to engage and collaborate with
fellow students from various cultures and life experiences."
Beginning with the fall 2011 semester, GSE students enrolled
solely in online programs will represent more than 10 percent of
the school's enrollment. GSE now has 161 alumni who have graduated
with degrees offered fully online.
The testimonials from these alumni show the scope and
effectiveness of the program.
"I have found the science and the public program to be
stimulating and rewarding, both in terms of its content and in
terms of the experience of taking the program at a distance," says
Brian Hughes of Galway, Ireland. "Working in education, I am
frequently faced with the challenge of communicating complex
science ideas to audiences whose level of understanding is only
"Taking the program from Ireland has presented no difficulties
for me. In fact, it has been particularly rewarding to be part of a
group of international students who are located in many places
around the world."
The Graduate School of Education has become a model for
establishing online courses and degrees. Kroll and her colleague,
Kay Bishop, associate professor and former director of school media
program in library and information studies, recently co-authored a
four-step framework to guide other colleges and universities. The
framework was published in the book "Cases for Building Quality
Distance Delivery Programs: Strategies and Experiences" in
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public
university, a flagship institution in the State University of New
York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's
more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through
more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree
programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of
the Association of American Universities.