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education settings, non-profits, environmental positions and those who want to spur social change, according to Lisa Moyer, Ph.D., program coordinator and assistant professor for graduate education at Stevenson University. The students working in community-based positions enroll in the Stevenson program to earn credentials to marry with their passion and enable their career advancement, she explains.

“Putting credentials with the passionate work you’re doing in the community can legitimize more of the need and the importance of this work,” says Moyer. “We know that a lot people don’t go into these careers for the money. This shows the importance of this type of work in the community and offers more skills and more validation for this type of work.”

The master’s program has no prerequisite degrees. Students enroll with various bachelor’s degrees from environmental science to social work to education. Many are older students who pursue additional education based on course interest.

The 36-credit, online degree program is comprised of eight-week courses offered throughout the year. These cover theory and research, core offerings in community-based education, program design, implementation and evaluation, innovative teaching for learning for 21st century skills and community engagement and leadership, and elective courses in teaching and learning, management/leadership and communication.

The program culminates in a research symposium during which the students present their capstone projects.

“It’s such a diverse group of learners, and they all have different interests and different passions, so many different careers or career aspirations,” Moyer explains. “And, there’s this one tie that binds, and it’s this passion for making a difference in the community.”