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 Master’s Program Celebrates First Grads, Largest Class

This summer is a big time for students in the online master's degree program created by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and San Diego State University (SDSU).

The first graduates from the program walked this month at SDSU's commencement ceremony. The 21 people finished the 18-month program in December.

There are also 28 new students starting the program this month, the biggest group yet. Because the program is online, the students are from all over the country.

The WASC-accredited program is focused on education leadership with an emphasis in technology. It was created for school professionals who want to be site leaders or technology officials.

"There's a real need for a program like this," said Dr. Alicia Gallegos Butters, who's coordinating the program for SDCOE. "It's just another way that we are serving the boys and girls of San Diego County by educating their teachers."

Dr. Cheryl James Ward, who is coordinating the program for SDSU, has been invaluable as the program was created and has grown, Gallegos Butters said.

The program is taught by SDSU professors and SDCOE personnel and includes information about educational leadership, social media, data analysis, mobile app development, and communication.

The 30-unit program costs about $15,300. More information and application instructions are available on the SDSU website.