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FSU-UMUC Collaboration to Offer Secondary Education to Military in Europe
07/08/2013

Frostburg State University will be teaming up with University of Maryland University College to offer its undergraduate education program at military installations across Europe, part of a major Department of Defense contract with UMUC as it continues its long tradition of serving military educational needs. The initial program will present FSU’s secondary education program at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany beginning as soon as January 2014.

The collaboration will offer paths to secondary certification in English, foreign languages, mathematics and social studies for active-duty military, military dependents and civilian Department of Defense employees.

“FSU’s collaboration with UMUC will bring the considerable resources of the University System of Maryland to better serve the needs of our military members and their families,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “I am pleased that FSU will play a role in helping to provide this valuable service.”

Educational methods courses will be provided by FSU either in person or online, with FSU faculty serving as UMUC adjunct faculty. Content courses – the subject matter that will be taught and related courses – will be taught through UMUC’s undergraduate liberal arts program. FSU will be responsible for ensuring that the program meets the standards set by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (which now incorporates the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) and the Maryland State Department of Education.

“UMUC’s choice of FSU for this program is indicative of the respect our teacher preparation programs engender among our University System of Maryland colleagues and their reputation across the state,” said Dr. Clarence Golden, dean of FSU’s College of Education.

The course sequence will allow students – active-duty military, military dependents and civilian Department of Defense employees – to follow the program full time or part time. FSU anticipates offering its first classes in January of 2014, after hiring an on-site team in collaboration with UMUC and establishing relationships with secondary schools in the area for the necessary field work and internships.

UMUC, which has been educating U.S. troops overseas since 1949, added teacher preparation in response to a strong interest in the program shown among members of the military, said Dr. Todd Rosa, coordinator of FSU’s secondary education program.

For more information about FSU’s College of Education, visit www.frostburg.edu/colleges/coe/ or call 301-687-4759.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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