Sam Houston State University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
M.Ed. in Reading M.Ed. in Instructional Technology
M.Ed. in Administration M.Ed. in International Literacy
M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Ed.D in Developmental Education Administration
M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership M.A. in Higher Education Administration
M.Ed. in Library Science M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

The educator preparation programs at SHSU are accredited by NCATE, with many nationally recognized programs. The quality and design of field experiences integrated into the programs results in a five year retention rate that has exceeded 80% since 2001. Expert faculty have long experience teaching online, with extraordinary support provided by the university.

School type Public
Grad programs NCATE accredited Yes
Grad programs TEAC accredited No
Terms N/A

Program Offerings

Advanced degree programs offered
Education Specialist N/A
Ph.D. N/A
Ed.D. Yes
Online master's in education degree programs 10
Concentrations offered
Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Administration and Supervision
Educational/Instructional Media Design
International and Comparative Education
Categories of study offered to master's students
Teaching track Yes
Counseling/Psychology track N/A
Administration track Yes
Research/Policy track Yes

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 151


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 34 full-time; 27 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 100% full-time; 85% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 34
Average experience teaching online courses 2 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 4 full-time; 5 part-time

Class Size

Average class size 11
Maximum class size 25

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations Yes
Group projects/simulations No
Exams No
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Online and on-campus students are in separate courses
Credits earned online equal earned on campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus Majority
Same curricula for online and campus students Most


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 2.5 years
Program target time to graduate 3 years
Required time to earn degree 6 years

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