Students looking toward a career in education or get stronger in health and wellness can now get their degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Regents announced Friday three new bachelor of science degrees in education; secondary ed; early childhood ed; and special ed. The school has offered an elementary ed degree since 2014, and more than 200 students are now enrolled in the program.

Giving students additional education degree programs stems directly from the high number of retirements schools in Southeast Wisconsin will need to fill over the next several years, a press release on the UWP website reads.

“Students coming to us for elementary education were indicating interest in the other areas as well,” Dr. Annie Grugel, an assistant professor of education, said. “Given the large number of retirements hitting schools in southeastern Wisconsin, we know the demand for educators will continue.”

Additionally, UWP is working with five other UW schools to implement an online master of health and wellness management to address a need in what they say is “an increasingly competitive field.”

Choosing an online format was deliberate given the busy schedules of adult learners who are already working in their field. The curriculum was designed to meet the growing needs in health care where the average growth rate is about 13 percent annually, the release continues, citing the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Students who might be interested in this master’s program already hold degrees in community health, health education, kinesiology, exercise science, nutrition, health promotion, recreation management, human resources, or social work.

All new areas of study should be available by the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

 

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