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  • Mansel Adelbert Nelson
    Mansel A Nelson Program Coordinator Tribal Environmental Education Outreach 928-523-1275 Mansel.Nelson@nau.edu Begin forwarded
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    Mansel A Nelson
    Program Coordinator
    Tribal Environmental Education Outreach
    928-523-1275

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    From: "adventuresinedu@..." <adventuresinedu@...>
    Date: January 13, 2013, 11:39:09 PM MST
    To: Mansel Adelbert Nelson <Mansel.Nelson@...>
    Subject: Re: Mailing Information
    Reply-To: "adventuresinedu@..." <adventuresinedu@...>

    Dear Mansel:
    Thank you for your interest in our courses. The courses we offer are Distance Learning and Online courses. This allows you to complete the courses while working from your home and on your own time schedule. Since we began offering our courses, the response has been overwhelming and we have received very positive feedback from the students who have taken our courses. Graduate credit is available through Portland State University, OR.

    At the present we offer 21 professional development courses equivalent to either two or three quarter graduate credit hours with a CI 808/810 prefix and delivered via distance learning.

    Starting January 2013, we also offer graduate level math courses with a MTH810 prefix. These courses are fully online. Most community colleges will accept these credits toward graduate mathematics requirements/electives credit for eligibility to teach college-level mathematics. However, we strongly suggest that you verify acceptance of these credits toward this requirement PRIOR to enrollment. It is the discretion of the individual college to accept and apply these courses for this purpose.

    Starting Fall 2012, PSU offers an online Curriculum and Instruction Master's Degree. Elective credits can be selected from Adventures In Education course offerings. For more information see http://www.pdx.edu/ci/curriculum-and-instruction-masters-degree-program-formats-online or http://www.adventures-in-education.com/mastersprogram.htm

    To view our course offerings please visit our website at http://www.adventures-in-education.com, click on ‘Graduate Courses' on the left-hand menu bar and select from the menu provided. This will avail information regarding cost for tuition, special fee, and graduate credit fee as well as other information.

    To register for a course or courses, please click on 'Registration' on the left-hand menu bar. Online registration is available. You can also verify PSU graduate credit on the PSU website www.ceed.pdx.edu, click on 'Distance and Online Learning' and then 'Distance Education.'

    Attached you find a printable catalog, which includes all current Adventures In Education, Inc. course offerings.

    Below you will also find answers to frequently asked questions about our program. We hope this information is helpful and answers all your questions. I'll be happy to answer any other questions you have.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Liz Knowlton
    Adventures In Education


    Frequently Asked Questions:
    Below you will find answers to most frequently asked questions.

    Question 1: What are Distance Learning Courses?
    •    A flexible way to gain the knowledge you need to meet the challenges of your classroom at your own pace and on your own schedule.
    •    Continuous enrollment, i.e. sign up any time, and complete within 3 months.
    •    Curriculum does NOT require any presentation or application of the material in the classroom while taking the course.
    •     All assignments can be completed on your own and outside the classroom.

    Question 2: What are Online Courses?
    •    Fixed start and end date.
    •    12-week duration.
    •    Delivery is fully online.
    •    Submit assignments anytime between start and end date.
    •    Courses provide a highly interactive learning environment.
    •    Asynchronous student/student and student/teacher interaction.

    Question 3: When are Courses Offered?
    Courses prefixed CI 808/810: Offered all year round and you can sign up anytime. Courses prefixed MTH810: Offered during a specified 12-week timeframe and have a set start and end date.

    Question 4: Graduate Credit Conversion:
    Most colleges/universities convert quarter graduate credits to semester graduate credits using a factor of 2/3, i.e. 3 quarter graduate credits are equivalent to 2 semester graduate credits. However, it would be best if you contacted the appropriate individual at your school/college to confirm the transfer and conversion of graduate credits. This will assure that all questions are answered to your and your school's satisfaction.

    Credit Equivalency:
    a) 1 quarter credit is equivalent to 10 contact hours;
    b) 2 quarter credits = 1-1/3 semester credits (or credit hours);
    c) 3 quarter credits = 2 semester credits (or credit hours);

    Question 5: Are you an accredited institution?
    Graduate credit is available through Portland State University (PSU), OR. PSU is accredited through the Northwest Association of Schools & Colleges:  The credit for continuing education programs has been awarded by the Graduate School of Education at PSU.  For information on accreditation, please refer to the website www.ed.pdx.edu/gse_info.html, which addresses the accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and by the Oregon Teacher Standards & Practices Commission.

    Question 6: How do I register?
    Registration for all courses is through Adventures In Education (see www.adventures-in-education.com).

    Registration Options:
    (a) Online registration: We offer online registration. Visit www.adventures-in-education.com, click on ‘Graduate Courses’ and then ‘Registration’. Follow the directions provided to complete your registration.
    (b) Registration via phone: You can also sign up by calling 630-377-5035 and pay with a credit card.

    District Purchase Order (PO) or Voucher:
    We accept Purchase Orders (PO) and district vouchers for payment. Please contact us at eknowlton@... or 630-377-5035 prior to registering.


    Question 7: Application of courses?
    a) Courses prefixed CI808/810:
    Teachers generally apply the graduate credit toward lane credit and advancement on the salary scale, promotions within their school or toward teacher recertification. All CI808/810 courses are approved by Portland State University by the Graduate School of Education through the Curriculum and Instruction Department, not the Math department.

    b) Courses prefixed MTH810:
    Most community colleges will accept these credits toward graduate mathematics requirements/electives credit for eligibility to teach college-level mathematics. However, we STRONGLY suggest that you verify acceptance of these credits toward this requirement PRIOR to enrollment. It is the discretion of the individual college to accept and apply these courses for this purpose.

    Question 8: Course Transcripts:
    Official transcripts are available from Portland State University upon completion of the course(s).

    a) CI 808/810 courses are transcripted as follows:
    For example, course '96MR: Algebra II with the TI-83+/84+ Graphing Calculator' will appear as 'CI 808: WKSP: TI-83+ Algebra II' on the transcript from PSU.  

    b) Courses prefixed MTH810 are transcripted as follows:
    For example: 10134-MTH810: Topics in College Algebra and Graphing Technology will appear as ‘MTH810: Topics in College Algebra and Graphing Technology.’




    Question 9: How many classes can I take at the same time?
    Enrollment is limited to 8 quarter graduate credits per term unless officially admitted to PSU (except Summer term when enrollment is limited to 16 quarter graduate credits). See www.pdx.edu for more information.

    Question 10: How long does it take to complete a class?

    CI 808/810: From time of registration you are allotted 3 months to complete the course. The courses are designed to take approximately 20-25 hours for a 2.0 quarter credit hour course and 30-40 hours for a 3.0 credit hour course. A 3 quarter graduate credit course is equivalent to 30 contact hours and 2 quarter graduate credit course 20 contact hours.

    MTH 810: You have 12-weeks to complete the course.


    Question 11: When are courses offered and prerequisites?

    CI 808/810 courses are offered all year round, i.e. every quarter, and you can register anytime. In order to enroll in a course you must have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. There are no prerequisites or other requirements except completion of the course within the specified time frame. There are no meetings scheduled at the PSU campus for any of our courses since they are distance learning courses.
    Prerequisites: The curriculum of our courses does not require any presentation or application of the material in the classroom while taking the course. All assignments can be completed on your own and outside the classroom.

    MTH 810 courses are offered during a specified time frame.
    Prerequisites: To enroll you must have a Bachelors in Mathematics or Math Education or strong background in mathematics.

    Question 12: When will PSU send a bill for the graduate credit fee?
    PSU generally waits until the end of the quarter to send an electronic bill for the graduate credit fee to the email address you provided on the PSU registration form.


    Question 13: Do you offer a Degree?
    Our courses are in conjunction with a Masters program at PSU. PSU accepts 15 quarter grad credits of our courses toward a Master's Degree. For more information see http://www.pdx.edu/ci/curriculum-and-instruction-masters-degree-program-formats-online.

    Portland State University also offers a variety of degrees including specialists. Please feel free to contact PSU via phone 1-503-725-8279 or email beaup@... for more information or access the PSU website www.pdx.edu.

    Eastern Oregon University also accepts PSU credits toward a Masters Degree.


    Question 14: Is Financial Aid Available?

    Fed Financial Aid Federal financial aid from PSU is only available for course work used toward a degree or endorsement or license, and the student has to be officially admitted to PSU. Please contact PSU via phone 1-503-725-8279 or email beaup@... for more information or access the PSU website www.pdx.edu for more information.





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    From: Mansel Adelbert Nelson <Mansel.Nelson@...>
    Sent: Jan 13, 2013 9:27 PM
    To: "adventuresinedu@..." <adventuresinedu@...>
    Subject: Mailing Information



    Mansel A Nelson
    Program Coordinator
    Tribal Environmental Education Outreach
    928-523-1275
    Mansel.Nelson@...
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