Missouri State Outreach works with academic departments and colleges throughout the University to provide a wide range of credit courses at both the Springfield campus and off-campus sites beyond the Springfield campus, using technology-based delivery systems and traditional off-campus instruction delivery systems. The academic programs offered undergo the same academic review and scrutiny as academic programs offered in traditional settings. Academic Outreach has the administrative and technology infrastructure, faculty support, and student support services necessary to meet the needs of distance learning students. Missouri State Off-campus branch sites include:
On-site instruction involves faculty driving from the Springfield campus or faculty hired from the local community who teach classes in a face-to-face format. Classes or programs are offered at many high schools or branch locations throughout southwest Missouri. Classes and programs offered through traditional on-site instruction or BearNet at our branch office locations are listed below.
Graduate students can complete Master of Science in Education degree in Elementary Education, Master of Business Administration, or Master of Social Work degrees through the Joplin extension campus located at 724 Illinois Avenue, Joplin, MO. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is a cooperative program offered by Missouri State and MSSU in Joplin. Classes in educational administration, secondary education, reading and special education, or middle school are also often taught in Joplin. In addition to "on-site" courses, the Joplin extension campus is also a current BearNet interactive video site.
Classes taught at the Nelson Education Center in Lebanon can apply toward bachelors degrees in elementary education, general business, and technology management; masters degrees in business administration, educational administration, and elementary education; and a specialist degree in educational administration. Students can complete the entire Master of Business Administration degree with classes offered in Lebanon. Classes are delivered to Lebanon from the Springfield, West Plains or Neosho campuses via the BearNet interactive network.
Classes taught by Missouri State on the Crowder College campus in Neosho can apply toward bachelors degree in elementary education, a business major, or a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Agriculture. Classes are offered both “on-site” and through the BearNet interactive video network.
Classes taught at the Nevada TeleCenter can apply toward bachelors degrees in elementary education or agriculture; masters degrees in educational administration, or elementary education; and a specialist degree in educational administration. Courses are delivered to Nevada via the BearNet interactive network.
A variety of undergraduate upper-division classes are available through a combination of "on-site" instruction and those delivered via the BearNet interactive video network on the West Plains Campus. West Plains students who complete an associate degree can complete a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in General Agriculture, Bachelor of Science degree in General Business, Bachelor of Science in Education degree in Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science degree in Child and Family Development, or a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Technology Management. Education, counseling and business students will find a large number of graduate-level classes and degrees offered in West Plains.
The distance learning strategy involves two major delivery systems: Interactive Video (BearNet), and iCourses which can be downloaded from iTunesU.
Technology-based courses delivered via BearNet, are offered multipoint at BearNet sites. BearNet has been and is currently being used to enable students and communities to connect almost anywhere in the world with interactive video capabilities. Current BearNet sites include:
Missouri State University professors and technicians have produced iCourses which fulfill general educational requirements. Minimal or no physical classroom attendance of iCourses make them an ideal choice for the student who has limited time to spend in the classroom due to work, traveling distance, and/or family obligations. iCourse lectures are available on iTunesU through the MSU website or can be purchased in CD-Rom sets which may be viewed on personal computers. iCourse content can be downloaded from a computer to any MP-3 player for portable listening and video pod viewing. Students may register for classes, buy books, buy CD-Rom sets or download lectures through the internet.
Missouri State Outreach coordinates the off-campus pre-college program for high school students. Through this program qualified high school students are able to receive both high school and college credit in specially approved courses offered at participating high schools.