Thomas Edison State College has launched new online master’s degree programs in Public Service Leadership and Educational Technology and Online Learning.

The 36-credit Public Service Leadership program was created “to develop the next generation of leaders for nonprofit organizations, faith-based and community-based organizations and municipal, state and federal government,” says a press release.

Students pursuing the degree have the option of selecting one of seven areas of study: Community and Economic Development; Environmental Policy/Environmental Justice; Information Technology Management for Public Service; Nonprofit Management; Public Finance; Public Health/Public Policy; or a learner-designed area of study.

Meanwhile, the Educational Technology and Online Learning program will “prepare graduates to become leaders in educational technology and to develop and administer online programs for learners, from pre-school to higher education, including adult learners,” says a college release. The 36-credit program “infuses a series of applied professional studies in educational technology, online learning, educational leadership and curriculum development.”

“The curriculum provides a solid grounding in both relevant academic theory and applied practice,” says Adrian Zappala, assistant dean for educational leadership. “As part of their course work, students complete a research-based capstone project and applied practicum experience in the field.”

“Graduates will be prepared as educational technology leaders who are able to articulate and apply best practices in the creation and delivery of online courses for a variety of students, from pre-K and college through corporate training and continuing education,” says Zappala.

For more information on the new degrees contact the college at or visit for the Public Service Leadership program, or for the Educational Technology and Online Learning program.

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