Mizzou K-12 Online offers high quality, affordable online education to Missouri educators, schools and students

Columbia, Mo., Aug. 1, 2012 — Nearly 2 million K-12 students are enrolled in distance-education courses in the United States, with the majority of those courses offered online, according to the International Association for K-12 Online Learning.

The University of Missouri College of Education has launched an innovative effort to provide quality online education to Missouri students, schools and districts, while also training the next generation of online educators.

“We saw a need to increase the accessibility, quality and affordability of K-12 online education,” says Daniel Clay, dean of the MU College of Education. “For online programs that provide a high level of instructor-to-student interaction, ours is the only online K-12 program in the country to be supported by faculty expertise at a research-intensive flagship university.”
Mizzou K-12 Online currently offers high school level courses. Middle school courses will be offered in 2014 and elementary school courses will be offered in 2015.

“Our courses are developed and taught by Missouri-certified teachers in addition to being supported by faculty expertise at the MU College of Education,” says Monica Beglau, director of Mizzou K-12 Online. “Our content is aligned to national standards and meets Missouri CLEs,GLEs or Competencies. We can help all students, including gifted, homebound and those who need credit recovery.”

Fall registration is now underway. High school courses available include:

• Algebra I
• Anatomy and Physiology (Honors)
• English I-IV
• Government in the United States
• Health Living
• Medieval Studies
• Music Appreciation
• Personal Finance
• Biology (January 2013)
• Chemistry (January 2013)

Course fees are $350 per student per semester course with no textbook fees, one of the lowest cost K-12 providers in the country. Students may take up to five courses per semester. School districts that are a part of the Missouri School Board Association’s (MSBA) Online Consortium may enroll one student or many students at a 20 percent discount on courses.

“Offering K-12 online courses meets every aspect of our mission as a college – teaching, research and outreach,” says Clay. “Less than two percent of teacher education programs in the country offer field experiences for pre-service teachers that include an online teaching component. Our students will be prepared to teach online in all of its forms, including blended, hybrid and fully online. It’s a high priority for us.”
For more information about Mizzou K-12 Online or to view the course visit mizzouk12online.missouri.edu.