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Socorro ISD, UTEP Partner to Offer Masters, Doctoral Programs for Educators

Socorro Independent School District, in partnership with the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), continues to offer educators professional growth opportunities in spring 2018.

The program, implemented last spring, allows district teachers and administrators the opportunity to expand their skills, obtain a doctoral degree in the field of educational administration or a master’s degree with an administrative license in principal certification.

“This is a great opportunity for Team SISD,” said Dr. Holly Fields, school improvement officer. “Our employees can further their education without having to travel all the way to UTEP for their classes.”

The new program works with the district’s year-round calendar to make the course schedule flexible and adaptable for SISD employees. Instruction is provided through a hybrid method using face-to-face and online instruction.

Classes are conducted at the SISD District Service Center, Americas High School and online.

Carlos Berumen, a math and science teacher at Socorro Middle School, is one of 15 employees advancing the status of his teaching profession by taking advantage of the program.

“It’s great that SISD is working with UTEP to bring the master’s program closer to us,” Berumen said. “Teachers no longer have to travel to UTEP, instead UTEP comes to us. Every class we’ve had has been taught by some of the best professors and it’s a reflection of SISD expectations that we get nothing but the best.”
The master’s degree program in educational administration focuses on K-12 administration and can lead to a principal certification.

Candidates in the advanced study programs also can apply research to replicate effective outcomes and improve public and post-secondary education in the border community.

“I cannot say enough about the support we receive from SISD,” Berumen said. “When SISD uses the motto of ‘Endless opportunities’ they are not just referring to students, it applies to employees as well.”

Team SISD administrators and faculty members interested in learning about the master’s and doctoral program can attend an information session from 4-6 p.m. at the District Service Center on the following days:

Sept. 12, District Service Center Board Room
Sept. 27, District Service Center Board Room

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