Nova Southeastern University To Offer Online Graduate Program For European Council of International Schools

April 30, 2001

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -Nova Southeastern University, a pioneer in distance learning, has entered into a partnership with the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) to offer ECIS members an online M.S. degree in education with a specialization in teaching and learning in international schools.

The advanced degree was developed in collaboration with ECIS at NSUs Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services, and was customized to meet the requirements for international educators at elementary, middle, and secondary schools. The degree requires 36 graduate credit hours of course work, which teachers will be able to earn in as few as 15 months.

This unique collaboration between NSU and ECIS is another important step toward our goal of providing high-quality education without boundaries, said NSU president Ray Ferrero, Jr. We take pride in offering the universitys resources and expertise on a global basis and helping to improve the lives of educators and students around the world. The program will begin in September, according to Anthony DeNapoli, Ed.D., executive dean at NSUs Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services.

Its convenient and accessible, DeNapoli said. Because this degree is offered online, educators can begin the program in one place, move to another location, and continue to take courses without interrupting their educational program.

Dixie McKay, ECIS deputy executive director, said the ECIS is very excited about the opportunities the program will provide for its members. Distance education, or more specifically electronic learning, is the way of the future, particularly for our member schools that are located around the globe, some in very remote and isolated parts of the world. We are delighted to be collaborating with NSU on the implementation of this new online masters of science degree program for teaching and learning in international schools. This program is a great opportunity for our members to work on an advanced degree in international education, from wherever they live in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, she said.

The ECIS is the largest association of international schools, and the most prestigious accrediting body of international schools. The membership organization was founded in 1965, and now has more than 500 international schools, both primary and secondary, around the globe from Japan to Australia. Of the nearly 290,000 students that ECIS serves, the largest component are U.S. or U.K. citizens, many of whom are children of employees of transnational corporations, national or international governmental agencies, and some are local nationals who simply prefer the ECIS schools to any other available alternative. The common first language of most of the students is English, and English is the language of instruction. The Fischler Graduate School at NSU is one of the most dynamic forces in graduate education today. The university has the largest graduate school of education in the United States, and is the leading higher education institution offering distance learning using a variety of instructional delivery formats.

Contact Information

For more information about the M.S. in education for teaching and learning in international schools, call Anthony DeNapoli at (954) 262-8733, or send and email to:

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