Special Programs and Outreach Initiatives

Fort Valley State University responds to the busy lifestyles of today’s students through flexible degree program offerings. Regular and non-traditional students are provided online courses and programs and flexible scheduling options to earn a college degree. Administrative, academic, and student support systems are provided to ensure students access to a quality educational experience comparable to that provided on campus.

Evening and Weekend Classes

Evening classes are scheduled to provide working adults with the opportunity and advantage of entering or completing degree programs, or taking individual courses for personal enrichment. The objectives of evening courses are identical to those of courses taught during the day. The instructors are regular University faculty. Academic standards are maintained at the same level as in day courses. Admission and registration procedures are identical to those of day programs.

Online (Web-based) Offerings

Through the offering of online or web-based courses of study, Fort Valley State University provides quality educational programs of study to students independent of their geographic locations. Students who are situation bound, that is, students who are unable to attend college because of family, work, and other responsibilities are able to pursue a college degree via the Internet. Online courses are facilitated using the Desire2Learn Brightspace learning management system (see http://www.fvsu.edu  for additional information). Academic standards are maintained at the same level as in face-to-face courses. Admission and registration procedures are identical to those of traditional programs.

FVSU’s online courses are designed for the highly motivated and independent student who is willing to devote as much time and effort to web-based learning as to traditional classroom offerings. The student should be comfortable using technology and have time management and organizational skills. Fort Valley State University’s online courses and programs are listed on https://fvsu.view.usg.edu

Approved Online Graduate Program:

Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management

External Degree Programs

Fort Valley State University is authorized by the Board of Regents to provide designated resident degree (external degree) programs in Warner Robins, Georgia. The academic quality of these programs and the support services provided are equivalent to programs and courses offered on the Fort Valley State University campus. Additionally, students have access to the library, computer labs and other facilities located on the main campus in Fort Valley.

The following graduate programs are offered at the Warner Robins Center:

Master of Science with Majors in:

Mental Health Counseling

Rehabilitation Counseling and Case Management

Master of Science in Education with Majors in:

Early Childhood/Special Education

Middle Grades Education

School Counselor Education

Education Specialist in:

School Counselor Education

Continuing Education Non-Credit Programs

Non-credit activities follow broader and more flexible guidelines than credit classes and are designed to provide occupational development, personal enrichment and leisure courses for residents of Middle Georgia. Courses are scheduled according to instructional need and vary from three hours to one year. Costs are determined on a contract basis, and vary according to content, instructional needs and operational expenses. Admission is open to the public, regardless of age. Many activities are offered for certification through the award of Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Certification Programs

Continuing Education Certification programs are designed to assist participants in preparing for new careers, professions or occupations, or to upgrade one’s existing career, professional or occupational skills. Participants are enabled to function effectively in the community or in the work place.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) and Professional Learning Units (PLUs) are provided on the basis of clock hours and student performance. Nationally used criteria for CEUs are subscribed to by the University. (Ten clock hours of successful student performance equals one CEU.) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and Professional Learning Units (PLUs) are not equivalent to academic credits, and the two may not be interchanged.

Community Services

Fort Valley State University strives to use its many resources to help enhance and develop the regional community that it serves. The physical and human resources of the University are available to assist individuals and groups in the development of educationally related programs and to assist in resolving community problems. Fort Valley State University personnel are available as resource persons, consultants, speakers, and as representatives of the University to serve on community-based projects. Under certain conditions, the facilities of the University may be used by local organizations to present educational programs to community audiences.

Contract Programs

Special educational programs, both non-credit and academic credit, are available to local businesses and organizations. These programs are based upon organizational needs, and are contracted on an individual organizational basis. They may be delivered at the organization’s location, on the Fort Valley State University campus, or at some other designated site. They are further designed to meet employer specifications and blend state-of-the-art knowledge with on-the-job needs.