SOURCE: University of Phoenix

http://www.phoenix.edu

July 08, 2010 14:20 ET

University of Phoenix Launches Education Programs in Missouri

Local Campus to Offer Bachelor of Science in Education, Master of Arts in Education

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - July 8, 2010) -  At a time when Missouri's higher education system is enduring severe budget cuts to funding, reductions in programs and services, and cutbacks to enrollment capacity, University of Phoenix is keeping up with demand from students by launching its Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) and Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree programs in Missouri at its Kansas City and St. Louis campuses.

University of Phoenix's new programs will enable students to gain valuable field experience by focusing on challenges based on real-world scenarios. Despite the influx of change in Missouri's school systems, those passionate about teaching are finding this the opportune time to advance their skills and professional standing in the industry. The University's bachelor's and master's degree programs in education are available online throughout the region or onsite at the University's six Kansas City and St. Louis campus locations. Students interested in this degree program are able to enroll in classes now.

"Receiving national accreditation by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council and state regulatory approval by the Missouri Department of Education is a huge accomplishment for our local campuses because it required months of preparation and rigorous review," said Adam Wright, campus director for University of Phoenix - St. Louis.

In keeping with the University's reputation for innovation, these degree programs feature sophisticated technology to create real learning experiences through simulated environments, which allow students to make real-time decisions, just as they would in the classroom. For example, students can prepare lesson plans through a virtual organization that includes a student roster and supply closet. These learning experiences are then integrated with theoretical aspects of education.

"University of Phoenix is committed to making higher education more accessible to aspiring educators who would like to make a positive impact on local schools," added Jeannine Lake, campus director for University of Phoenix - Kansas City. "We want to help prepare them to be effective, caring and successful teachers and administrators."

For more information about the bachelor's and master's degree programs in education, please visit www.phoenix.edu/missouri.

About University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of May 31, 2010, 476,500 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.