College Recognized for Online Education

best online collegesHebrew College is going the distance in distance learning.

The school today was named one of the country’s best colleges for online education by the website Best Online Colleges, a leading resource for distance learners.

Hebrew College was singled out for its programs in early-childhood education and special education, both housed in the Shoolman Graduate School of Jewish Education.

“This honor is a testament to the quality of our faculty and reflects the outstanding teaching and student support provided in our 21st-century learning environment,” said Rabbi Michael Shire, dean of the Shoolman School.

Shire added that the programs’ high level of instruction, convenience and mentoring and tutoring component have made it popular with early-childhood educators and special-needs teachers across the country.

Hebrew College’s early-childhood education and special-education programs are closely tied to the Shoolman School’s Master of Jewish Education. Students may earn either a certificate in early-childhood education or special education, or an M.J.Ed. with a specialization in either program. Any class credits earned during the completion of the certificate programs may later be applied to a course of study leading to the M.J.Ed.

Best Online Colleges annually recognizes approximately 30 to 50 programs in eight disciplines. In addition to early-childhood education and special education, programs include biology, criminal justice, graphic design, history, human resources, interior design, mathematics, nutrition and sociology.

The website’s evaluation criteria include student and teacher surveys, expert analysis, cost, academic offerings, career services rankings and availability. Many of the country’s most renowned colleges and universities, including Georgetown University, George Washington University, Michigan State University and Bates College, are represented in the 2013 rankings.

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— Aug. 20, 2013