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Distance Learning at Texas A&M

by Carissa Lawrence, studioD

The distance education division at Texas A&M University offers an array of graduate degree programs to students with bachelor's degrees who are seeking to further their education. In addition to master's degrees, students can also earn a number of professional certificates through distance learning at Texas A&M. Online programs provided through Texas A&M all comply with the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board's principles of good practice for electronically offered academic degree certificate programs and credit courses.

Program Formats

Distance learning courses at Texas A&M University are delivered online through the university's interactive video system. Some classes use a combination of formats. Distance learning students can expect to receive information through online delivery methods, including e-learning through Blackboard Vista, faculty websites, PowerPoint presentations, streamed video lectures, discussion forums and chat rooms. Students who wish to be successful distance learners should have an understanding of basic computer skills, such as using Internet browsers, completing basic Internet searches, using email, and downloading, saving and printing materials found online.

Agriculture and Life Science Degrees

Texas A&M offers online students a variety of master's degrees related to agriculture and the life sciences. Students can earn a Master of Agriculture degree in agricultural development or poultry science through distance learning. Texas A&M also offers master's degrees in natural resource development, agricultural systems management, recreation resources development and biological and agricultural engineering. Students interested in teaching can earn a Doctor of Education degree in agricultural education. There are also both master's and doctoral programs in plant breeding available through distance learning at Texas A&M.

Engineering and Liberal Arts Degrees

The Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M offers five master's degree programs through distance learning. Students can earn a Master of Science degree in engineering systems management or in safety engineering. There are also Master of Engineering programs in industrial or petroleum engineering, as well as a Master of Industrial Distribution degree program. Distance education students seeking general degrees can earn a Master of Science degree in mathematics or statistics through Texas A&M's online school.

Education and Human Development Degrees

Distance education students interested in studying education or human development can choose from a number of Master of Education degree programs offered through Texas A&M's College of Education and Human Development. M.Ed degree programs include bilingual education, educational psychology, educational technology, public school administration, school counseling and special education. Students can also earn an M.Ed in curriculum and instruction focusing on general education, elementary education or the teaching of English as a second language. Texas A&M also offers Master of Science degrees in health education, special education and sports management.

Graduate Certificates

Certificate programs offered through Texas A&M consist of 12 to 15 graduate credit hours and usually include four or five classes within a particular field. Students can earn graduate certificates in government related topics, including nonprofit management, advanced international affairs, homeland security and national security affairs. There are also certificate programs in the areas of agriculture, statistics, and regulatory science in food systems.

About the Author

Based in Gainesville, Carissa Lawrence is an experienced teacher who has been writing education related articles since 2013. Lawrence holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Florida.

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