Why UWA Online? Convenience For 175 years the University of West Alabama has been enriching the lives of students and families throughout the Southeast region of the United States. The personal touch that continues to make UWA the special place that it is now reaches worldwide through the UWA Division of Online Programs. You know best about how, when and where you want to earn your degree. How you earn it is up to you as well through UWA Online. No residency requirement makes earning your degree very convenient. There are no residency requirements for UWA Online students, whether they are graduate or undergraduate. You don’t even have to come to campus to take your comprehensive exams for graduate school. However, you are very welcome to come to campus for graduation ceremonies. You can complete your coursework in the privacy of your home or office at times that are convenient to you. There are no overcrowded classrooms, no lost time commuting or rigid class schedules to contend with. You earn your degree your way. Certification and Reciprocity Graduates of UWA’s Online Master’s Degree certificate programs in education are eligible for a reciprocal certificate based on either the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification’s (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract or UWA’s National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited programs. The interstate agreement facilitates the licensure of educators from one state to another, although additional requirements may apply in some states. UWA programs are reciprocal with many states through the National Council of Accreditation of teacher Education (NCATE) and the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Contract. Provided you live in one of the reciprocating states, you should be eligible for certification in your state if you complete one of these certification degree programs in Alabama. Students are strongly encouraged to check with their own State Department of Education to ascertain their eligibility. No real time scheduled online classes UWA online courses are asynchronous, which means you work at your chosen time of the day Programs are set in sessions more compatible to your lifestyle UWA Online offers five terms per year, as opposed to the traditional three terms offered to on-campus students. Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2 and Summer sessions are accelerated in eight-week blocks. Students enrolled in online courses utilize a number of technologies to enhance learning and ensure credibility. Blackboard E-Education is the platform on which courses are housed. Blackboard allows instructors and students the opportunity to connect individually or as a group. Many faculty members employ Tegrity to further enhance the student experience. Tegrity Campus is a highly-scalable, cloud-based lecture capture service that lets institutions automatically capture every class – on and off campus – for later review by every student, anytime, anywhere. Turnitin.com is also utilized by students and faculty to ensure originality of work submitted. In the spring of 2009, UWA Online implemented the use of the Remote Proctor system to provide an additional method to monitor students and operates biometrically to ensure credibility. Quality The University of West Alabama is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and education specialist degrees (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, 404-679-4501). The Julia Tutwiler College of Education is also NCATE accredited and the UWA College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. The UWA Online faculty includes six national board certified professors and 90 percent of the Online faculty hold terminal degrees. Course work and lectures are designed and presented by experienced faculty members who are also members of the UWA traditional campus faculty. Online students at UWA are getting the same course work and presentation afforded to traditional classroom students on campus. The College of Education employs a practical experience model for master’s and education specialist programs where teachers are able to take what they have experienced in class and implement it immediately into their classrooms. Additionally, all UWA Online faculty and professional staff pride themselves on being supportive, professional, and dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Affordability The University Of West Alabama Division Of Online Studies offers graduate degrees and undergraduate degrees completely online at very competitive prices because we are aware that your education is an investment in your future and your lifestyle. Tuition for online degrees in Accounting, Business Administration or Business Technology from the UWA College of Business is $429 per credit hour, or $1,287 per course. Tuition for the Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Continuing Education or the Education Specialist degrees is $479 per credit hour, or $1,437 per class. Contact the UWA Financial Aid Office to help determine your eligibility for a wide range of tuition financing options. Federal grants and loans, private loans and scholarships are available depending on your course of study. The UWA Financial Aid Office can also advise you about the latest requirements and regulations for Veterans’ Benefits. UWA Online is DANTES and VA approved. In addition, be sure to check with your company to see if it provides tuition benefits to employees. Help is available to assist you in finding a way to pay for your education. It may be more affordable than you think. Find out more about paying for your online education today!