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LRU Offers Graduate Program in Online Teaching and Instructional Design

Lenoir-Rhyne University offers a graduate program in Online Teaching and Instructional Design (OTID). This innovative program is designed to prepare instructors for quality blended and online teaching and instructional design in K-12 classrooms. Instructors model effective instructional design principles and online teaching methods, and students have multiple opportunities to experience, evaluate, and apply quality instructional design and online teaching methods. There are two tracks within the program — a full master’s degree program (33 credit hours) and a graduate certificate program (18 credit hours). The online teaching and instructional design program is fully online, with courses offered every fall, spring, and summer.

Lenoir-Rhyne has developed a partnership with the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) that allows students in the OTID graduate program to complete the training that is required for new NCVPS teachers. This training would satisfy 6 credit hours of OTID coursework and prepare you for teaching at NCVPS. This is a wonderful partnership for graduate students who teach at the high school level and are looking for an opportunity to teach online.

If you have questions, please contact program coordinator Dr. Jayme Linton at or (828) 267-3442. You can also read more about the program here:

About Heather Mullins

Dr. Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Her dissertation focused on improving principal practice through strategic professional development. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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