Graduate distance learning initiative fosters Marine Corps connection

11 Apr

Faculty members in the College of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership, Foundations and Technology will soon play an integral role in preparing U.S. Marine Corps officers to effectively train those in their command.

A newly-formed partnership with the U.S. Marine Corps College of Distance Education and Training will enable the college to offer its students opportunities to earn masters of science degrees in adult education.

This initial step builds on Auburn’s reputation as a military-friendly university and as a leader in the distance learning realm. In January 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the College of Education No. 2 in its survey of top online graduate education programs. G.I. Jobs magazine placed Auburn on its list of Military Friendly Schools for 2013 for “being among the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.”

James Kaminsky, Mildred Cheshire Fraley distinguished professor and Foundations program coordinator in the Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership and Technology, said the collaboration will prepare students to meet the challenges faced in military leadership positions.

“Candidates for the graduate degree would have a bachelor’s degree and would usually have at least two deployments,” Kaminsky said. “Many of these field-grade officers are trainers of trainers. The kind of education they would receive at Auburn University will put them in a position to be effective leaders within the Marine Corps.”

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