Southeast Missouri State University

FAQ

Thanks to the support of departments and faculty at Southeast the 2013 HORIZONS Summer Youth Enrichment Program was extremely successful, providing over 300 students with unique summer learning opportunities.

For those of you not familiar, HORIZONS gives southeast Missouri youth a chance to become familiar with the University in an educational and fun environment.  Faculty develop introductory short courses specifically for academically astute 9-14 year olds from the region.  Again, this year we would also like to offer programs for 5-8 year olds in the category of “Little Horizons”.

Schedule

The 2014 Horizons Program is scheduled for three one-week sessions: June 16-20, June 23-27, and July 7-11.  Most courses are scheduled for half-day sessions either in the morning (9 a.m.-noon) or the afternoon (1-4 p.m.).  If content requires, all-day (9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.) sessions are available.  Enrollment is limited to 18 unless the instructor requests otherwise.

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Compensation

Instructors earn $550 per short course; $900 for an all-day course.  For classes with extensive lab work (e.g., chemistry or biology) or with safety issues (e.g., rock climbing & rappelling, caves & spelunking), a request for an assistant is encouraged.  Typically, assistants are paid $125 for a half-day course.

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Expenses

A per-student charge is collected to cover all direct costs of the program including instructional materials.  Continuing Education will reimburse instructors/departments for materials used in teaching the HORIZONS courses as specified in your contract.  Faculty should arrange for classrooms with their department.  If special arrangements are needed, contact the Office of Extended & Continuing Education (986-6879).

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Recommended Format

Make it educational.  Make it fun.Do not model course after the public/private school curriculum.  Youth are not anxious to spend summer in “school.”  Think of university curriculum which would appeal to youth.  Some successful courses from last year: 

Submission/Selection Process

Submit a “Course Proposal” form for each HORIZONS course by Friday, February 14, 2014.  You will be notified of HORIZONS course(s) selections the third week of March.  Proposals may be submitted on-line by using the online submission form found below.

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