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Bridgepoint Education's Ashford University Introduces Two Specializations for the Master's in Education: Mathematics Instruction and Family & Community Services


Expanded Options for Master's in Education Increase Degree's Impact

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI) is a provider of postsecondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education. Ashford University, a Bridgepoint academic institution, has just released two new specializations to support the Master's in Education currently offered by the school: the Mathematics Instruction and the Family & Community Services specializations.

Both specializations are engineered to underwrite the value of Ashford's Master's in Education, but they serve divergent purposes. The mathematics specialization is designed to increase the ability for potential instructors to teach core math and calculation skills to elementary and middle school learners. The need for this specialization was recognized by Ashford faculty; Americans seek to improve the next generation's capabilities in subjects such as math, which are evermore necessary as global competition for advanced employment increases.

According to Dr. Rebecca Wardlow, program director for the College of Education, "Teachers who have trained in providing general education services may lack the confidence or specialized knowledge necessary to encourage mathematical thinking. This specialization, with 12 credits of mathematics instruction, will address specific topics such as teaching algebraic thinking, the use of technology in mathematics instruction, and addressing math and science instruction together."

The second specialization introduced to enhance Ashford's Master's in Education is Family & Community Services, which was created to improve a future instructor's capacity to assist with parental, child and familial challenges, working within and without the family structure. Much of this specialization's focus is on increasing the capacity to handle students' non-educational requirements. It will also support work in community, social welfare and counseling programs.

"Working with organizations that support families and children in the community is an important role," added Dr. Wardlow. "We are pleased to help prepare our students to fulfill this need. Through the expertise they will acquire with a specialization in Family & Community Services, graduates of the program will be in a position to assist or collaborate with these organizations that, in turn, support the children in our schools."

Both of the new Master's in Education specializations will be available as of the end of December 2010, and both are online-only courses at this time. Ashford University's specializations in Mathematics Instruction and Family & Community Services do not lead to licensure or certification of any kind.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in such disciplines as business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.668.2580.

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools ( The University offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs online and at its Clinton, Iowa, campus. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable online and on-campus programs. For more information, please visit or call Shari Rodriguez, associate vice president of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

Contact: Shari Rodriguez, Associate Vice President of Public Relations


SOURCE Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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