Sam Houston State University

Online Education Program


Online Education Program - Veterans

Founded in 1879 as a school for training teachers, Sam Houston State University in Beaumont, Texas, now offers 79 undergraduate programs, 54 master’s programs and 5 doctoral programs to a student body that numbers more than 17,000. The school offers highly-regarded programs in criminal justice, dance, theater and music, and offers the only accredited bachelor’s degree program in the United States for Banking and Financial Institutions and is one of only 20 schools to offer a degree in PGA Golf Management.

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Quick Facts

Graduate programs TEAC accedited: N/A
Graduate Programs CAEP accredited: N/A
Online master's in education degree programs: 13


Full time tuition in-state (per credit): $285
Full time tuition out-of-state (per credit): $285
Part time tuition in-state (per credit): $285
Part time tuition out-of-state (per credit): $285
Total program graduates (2014-2015): 207
Total program cost (full-time, in-state): $20,034
Total program cost (full-time, out-of-state): $20,034
Total program cost (part-time, in-state): $20,034
Total program cost (part-time, out-of-state): $20,034


Total online enrollment: 856
16% Male / 84% Female
Average age for new entrants: 34 years
Percent of new students sponsored by employer: N/A


Application deadline (U.S. residents): August 1
95% accepted

Financial Aid Available

College-funded aid (fellowships, assistantships, grants or scholarships) available: Yes

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School Details

Institutional control: Public
About the online program: The educator preparation programs at SHSU are accredited by NCATE, with many nationally recognized programs. The quality and design of field experiences integrated into the programs results in a five year retention rate that has exceeded 80% since 2001. Expert faculty have long experience teaching online, with extraordinary support provided by the university.
Average class size: 12
Maximum class size: 15


Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate: 2.5 years
New student retention rate (2013-2014): 79%
Academic calendar: Semester
Online courses offered: 112
Education tracks offered: Administration trackY, Counseling/Psychology track, Research/Policy trackY, Teaching trackY
Other education degrees offered: Ed.D.Y, Education Specialist, Ph.D.
Same curricula for online and campus students: Most
Can earn degree entirely outside U.S.: Yes
Number of times per month faculty provide feedback to students on participation: 3
Amount of courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students: Majority
Class participation graded: Yes
Number of times per week students must login to a typical course: 3
Instructor response expected within (hours): 12
Three-year graduation rate (2014-2015): 59%

Academic Integrity

Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments: Depends
Measures to instill academic integrity: Technological Measures ProctorFree (online visually-monitored proctoring) Test Timer Test Length Randomization of Questions Randomization of Answer Options: Releasing questions one at a time Question Pools Time-released Results Question Types Respondus Monitor & Lockdown Browser SafeAssign Turn it in Non-Technological Measures Variety of assessment types in their course (don’t rely solely on exams) Frequent and numerous assessments (to spread out the point-earning potential) Frequent low-stakes tests to give students a chance to remediate Open book exams that call for higher level, critical thinking skills, real world application of knowledge and teamwork Invest time in developing authentic assessments
Students review and sign an ethics statement: Yes


Average online teaching experience: 6 years
Tenured or tenure-track faculty: 52
Full-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 100% full-time
Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: 62 full-time
Part-time faculty with a doctorate degree: 100% part-time
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus: Majority

Online learning tools

Bulletin boardsY, Live streaming audioY, Live streaming videoY, Online chatroomsY, Online labsY, Recorded audioY, Recorded videoY, Skype or other visual softwareY, SimulationsY, Web conferencing (webinars)Y
ADA compliance: Central office reviews each course

Technology & Support

Recommended Internet connection: Broadband
24-7 live tech support: No
Courses designed by an outside firm: No
Courses designed by certified instructional designers: Yes
Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: 39 full-time
Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: 6 part-time

Student Services

Academic advisingY, BookstoreY, Career placement assistanceY, Email addressY, Financial aid office/servicesY, Local area networkY, Access to live librarianY, Access to digitized library materialsY, MentoringY, Technical supportY, Live tutoringY, Writing workshopsY

Student Body

International students: 0.2%
Students who are employed when first enrolling: N/A


Education-related undergraduate coursework requirement: Yes, with exceptions
Education-related undergraduate degree requirement: Yes, with exceptions
Education-related work experience requirement: Yes, with exceptions
Entrants providing undergraduate GPA: 94%
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.28
Entrants providing GRE scores: 20%
Average GRE score: 144 quantitative, 149 verbal
Application essay required: Yes
Letters of recommendation required: 3
Letters of recommendation from professional contacts required: 3
Admits applicants living abroad: Yes


Institution is GI Bill certified: Yes
Institution Participates in Yellow Ribbon Program: No
In-state tuition for all military veterans: Yes

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