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Release: March 17, 2000

Sessions on UI science education program to be broadcast via ICN in March

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Teachers and others interested in learning more about the University of Iowa's master of science education degree program can sit in on one of four interactive sessions that will be broadcast to several cities this month via the Iowa Communications Network (ICN).

The sessions will be transmitted from a science lab classroom in Iowa City from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 21; Wednesday, March 22; Tuesday, March 28; and Wednesday, March 29 to the following sites:

-- Council Bluffs: Iowa School for the Deaf, Careers Building, 2nd floor, 1600 South Hwy 275

-- Davenport: Kahl Education Center, Rm 300, 326 West 3rd St.

-- Johnston: Iowa Public Television, McElroy Rm, 6450 Corporate Dr.

-- Iowa City: The University of Iowa, 474 Van Allen Hall

-- Mason City: North Iowa Area Community College, Rm 106, Activity Center, 500 College Dr.

-- West Burlington: Southeastern Community College, Rm 331, 1015 South Gear Ave.

The master of science degree in science education is useful for a variety of science educators, including teachers in the schools at both the elementary and secondary levels. In all, the program can be completed in a little more than two years on a part-time basis, and much of the coursework can be completed off-campus through the ICN.

John Dunkhase, director of the UI's science education outreach graduate program, said the university decided to broadcast the sessions using the ICN because it's the same interactive television vehicle the UI uses to deliver a variety of courses around the state.

"We thought, 'The ICN is so useful when delivering courses -- why not use it to inform potential students about it?' " said Dunkhase. "When students are considering entry into a program, it can be very helpful to them to listen to questions posed by their potential fellow students located all over the state. The ICN is a terrific way to share information."

For more information about the ICN sessions or the master of science degree in science education, contact (319) 335-2575 or toll free at (800) 272-6430.