Online Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning
RAFAEL J. BARROS, Class of Spring 2011
I love education and I have been involved in teaching and learning for more than 25 years in software and engineering. I started the certificate in Online Teaching and Learning from Singapore and then the Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning. This was an amazing opportunity to continue my learning and to be able to teach in my home country Colombia from Asia Pacific where I live now. The journey for the Master was a great experience, doing projects and at the same time delivering training in the Asia Pacific region.
The MS OTL program was a great influence in my life and a big milestone in permanent quest of being a good teacher.
DAN BIXBY, Class of Fall 2010
I was published last month in the July edition of Training and Development Magazine and have also been chosen to speak at the regional conference of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) in Minneapolis. These opportunities would never have happened without the Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning program at Cal State East Bay, and I am very grateful for that. I hope to encourage training leaders to adopt the principles I have learned at CSUEB in the corporate training environment.
LESLIE BOWMAN, Class of Summer 2001
My Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning degree from California State University, East Bay was a valuable investment for me. With my new degree, I got my first online teaching job and it’s been uphill from there. I have since taught online undergraduate and graduate courses in English, Writing, Communications, Educational Technology, and Criminal Justice.
During the past seven years, I’ve been invited to share my expertise in online teaching and learning at numerous presentations and was most recently asked to speak at the Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning in Orlando, Florida. I’ll also be co-authoring an article for the spring publication of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks.
It’s been a busy ten years and I credit my M.S. in Education from CSUEB for opening doors and providing me with the opportunities to succeed in my chosen career. Earning my degree online at CSUEB was the best professional decision I could have made given my career goals to teach online full-time.
DALE MCCOY, Class of Summer 2010
As far as how the Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning program has helped me—let me count the ways. The continuous learning and exposure to expert faculty has been invaluable to me in my consulting practice, as well as the online teaching that I do. Also, the interaction with a wide variety of geographically dispersed cohorts has provided me with insight and networking opportunities I could not have gained any other way.
BRAD NEILY, Class of Spring 2010
For me, I was drawn to the Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning program because it allowed me to capitalize and draw upon what would have been considered two different kinds of skills sets. I was very aware that I wanted to apply OTL concepts to disability services and in particular—to address the transition that students with disabilities face when leaving high school and coming to a university.
My senior project really demonstrated the potential to apply OTL to student support services and I have received a lot of positive response and interest by other DS professionals. I also must add that I felt greatly honored to receive the Anne Judd Inclusive Design Award for my senior project which simply confirmed my passion and understanding of accessibility as a matter of equal access to online educational opportunities.
I am certain that obtaining a Master of Science in Education will prove to be a key factor in progressing as a DS professional and advancing my career opportunities.
PATRICK PAYNE, Class of Fall 2007
California State University, East Bay’s Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning fulfilled my aim to learn about both the theory and the practice of online teaching and learning and to experience distance learning as a foundation for teaching online. I found the cohort based approach to be useful in building strong and valuable relationships during the program. This degree enabled me to make a transition from operations training in industry to academia where I am now an instructional designer and an online instructor in undergraduate education courses. It was time and money well spent.
WITT SALLEY, Class of Summer 2005
Without the Master of Science in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning program at California State University, East Bay, none of these opportunities would have been afforded to me. I was offered my first full-time position at OTC as Director of Online Teaching and Learning because of the subject-matter expertise I gained from the M.S. in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning program at Cal State East Bay. What I learned in the program drove what I did on the job and led to considerable growth of OTC Online and to the many successes I have experienced. The M.S. in Education program is one of a kind in its emphasis on online teaching and learning (rather than distance education or instructional technology, generically) as well as in its focus at the master’s level on programmatic and administrative issues. I recommend this program on a regular basis to friends and colleagues because it has been instrumental in my success.