Penn State and the Army have reached an agreement to enroll 20 sergeants for the online Master of Education in adult education degree through the university’s World Campus.
The sergeants, who will be stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, will begin their studies as full-time students Aug. 24, the start of Penn State’s fall semester.
The agreement partners Penn State and the Army for the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy Fellowship Program, which will provide scholarships. The degree can be earned within a year by the sergeants, who will then teach the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Course, which educates the military’s enlisted leaders.
“Thirteen years of conflict have demonstrated that the future battle space will continue to grow in complexity and bring amplified intellectual changes and, therefore, an educated force of leaders and senior leaders is required,” Command Sgt. Maj. Dennis Defreese said in a statement. “The partnership with Penn State University is key in attracting the best quality sergeants major to the program and ultimately becoming instructors in the Sergeants Major Course.”
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The master’s degree in adult education consists of 33 credits and prepares educators to teach adult learners.
“Our program is designed so that once the instructor finishes the fellowship program they can take the tools acquired in the degree program and immediately put them to use in the classroom,” Defreese said.
The World Campus courses will be taught online by the adult education faculty from the Penn State College of Education.