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Community Education Program Offered Online

DEC. 30, 2005--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls, in cooperation with the National Community Education Association (NCEA), has created a new graduate-level online certificate program in community education to meet a growing need for training in this area.

More than 10,000 schools in this country have community education programs, according to the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and few opportunities exist for the formal training to support these programs. Educators say such training is especially urgent with the advent of hundreds of new and continuing after-school programs being developed as a result of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The UW-River Falls program is comprised of four, three-credit graduate classes and one, three-credit practicum. Cohorts begin in January and June and allow students to complete the program entirely online within a year.

The 2006-07 course work includes: Introduction to Community Education; Community Education Administration; Extended Learning Administration; Family-Community-School-Partnerships and Community Education Practicum.

This program is designed for anyone who aspires to engage communities in comprehensive and effective school-community partnerships including community education directors, after-school project directors and others such as principals, school administrators, extension agents and adult educators.

This program is offered with assistance from NCEA leadership. This certificate closely aligns and partially fulfills the skill requirements for NCEA's Administrative Competency Endorsement and/or the Applied Professional Program Leadership Endorsement.

Stan Potts, director of UW-RF's program, says that benefits to participants include the ability to complete all course work online and with a cohort of peers, the use of multimedia for an interactive learning experience, the opportunity to enhance credibility by obtaining a graduate-level certificate in community education, and development of skills necessary for the NCEA Administration Endorsement requirements.

Because the course is offered via the Internet, students can attend from anywhere and pay Wisconsin graduate credit. All participants must apply and meet minimum requirements for graduate study at UW-RF. Visit the web site at and select Graduate Studies>Programs>Service Learning for more information or contact program coordinator Potts via email

The University of Wisconsin - River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies Office provides lifelong learners with academic and professional development programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and admission information is available at http:/ or can be obtained by calling 715-425-3256, 1-800-228-5607 or e-mailing


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