Video Conferencing Helps
Off-Campus Students Earn Degrees
Norfolk State University and Paul D. Camp Community College (PDCCC) are teaming up to provide Paul D. Camp students with an opportunity to earn early childhood education degrees.
The School of Education, School of Extended Learning and the Virginia Beach Higher Education Center are providing the program through video conferencing, allowing the students to attend classes without traveling from Franklin to Norfolk or Virginia Beach. Through the program, which begins in the fall, classes are offered on the weekend and students would meet in a classroom at Paul D. Camp.
Dr. Margaret Knight, professor and department chair of early childhood, elementary and special education, said that because the program is offered via videoconferencing, it allows students the face-to-face interaction not available in fully online courses.
“We saw a need for students to be able to continue their education without the obstacles of traveling,” said School of Education Interim Dean Dr. Denise Littleton. “Through this program, they can stay in their communities while earning their degrees.” Additionally, Dr. Littleton said that there is a need for early childhood educators due to the increasing numbers of working mothers.
The two programs offered are the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Development–Child Care Non-Teaching Option and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Elementary Education PreK-3.
The bachelor of science program is designed for students that seek to work as teachers or directors in preschool, Head Start or child-care settings. The program does not lead toward PreK-6 teacher licensure. The bachelor of arts degree in psychology/elementary education (PreK-3) is open to students seeking certification in elementary education (PreK-3) who have a thorough behavioral science background and want to pursue a degree in psychology. They are admitted to the School of Education at the end of 60 hours of course work and with passing scores on PRAXIS I (or equivalent). Students must pass the PRAXIS II, Reading for Virginia Educators and Virginia Communications and Literacy Assessment to be approved for student teaching.
The students, said Dr. Knight, will be able to take advantage of academic advising and other services offered to on-campus students through the Cyber Spartan portal.