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Twenty Belizeans pursuing doctorate through new programme by Oklahoma State University

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Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2019. 10:47 am CST.

By BBN Staff: A group of 20 Belizeans who work within the education system has become the first cohort in a doctoral degree programme offered by the Oklahoma State University (OSU) College of Education, Health and Aviation.

The new programme, launched in August, focuses on language, literacy and culture to make the students experts in literacy education upon completion. The programme stems from a collaboration between OSU and the Ministry of Education (MOE), spearheaded by OSU head of the School of Teaching, Learning and Educational Sciences; Jenn Sanders and by MOE Chief Education Officer Dr. Carol Babb.

The four-year program of study uses a hybrid format of face-to-face and online instruction. Additionally, participants will travel to OSU for one month of the summer, for two consecutive summers. Oklahoma State faculty will also lead courses in Belize one month during the summer.

“This initiative came out of conversations about what could truly improve literacy education in Belize,” Sanders said. “There is a lack of literacy education experts in the country who can teach others how to teach reading and writing well. By training these professionals through an advanced degree program, we can help improve literacy education throughout the country.”

The MOE supported the programme by providing a $5,000 scholarship to each student in the cohort.

 

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