Southeastern’s degree in Early Intervention & Child Development receives award

Dr. Robin Plumb receives the award from Eric Cunningham of  Columbia College, Past Chair of the ACHE Great Plains Region.

Dr. Robin Plumb receives the award from Eric Cunningham of Columbia College, Past Chair of the ACHE Great Plains Region.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s Bachelor of Science in Early Intervention and Child Development program has earned the Outstanding Credit Program award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education Great Plains Region.

The program, which began in the summer of 2013, is under the direction of Dr. Robin Plumb, Southeastern’s Director of Academic Services at the University Center of Southern Oklahoma.

“We are excited and thrilled to receive this prestigious award from the ACHE Great Plains Region.’’ Plumb said. “Our program began last summer and we will have our first graduate in December of this year.

“We feel like this degree provides an opportunity for more students to be able to finally complete their lifelong goal of a college degree while still working and caring for children.’’

This award is presented each year to a program that meets three major characteristics: Originality, Program Success and Adaptability.

In order to qualify in the Original category, the program must be judged original or innovative in at least two of six categories, including serving a new or unique audience, employing a new or unique delivery system, or original or innovative topics, content, or program design.

To qualify in the Program Success category, a program must meet its goals and objectives, receive positive responses from audiences as shown in evaluations, and meet budget requirements.

To qualify in the Adaptability category, a program should be able to serve as a model for other schools or be adaptable to other locations.

Southeastern’s Early Intervention and Child Development program meets all of the requirements and is becoming a popular choice for students who are seeking a baccalaureate degree while working full-time.

The program is offered completely online, except for two courses, which are offered during intersession.

Southeastern has completed an articulation agreement with Murray State College’s AA (Associate in Arts) and the AAS (Associate in Applied Science) in Child Development for a seamless transition for students.     The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care Scholarship program, from the Oklahoma DHS and the Oklahoma State Regents, has worked with Southeastern to provide scholarships for many students in this program.