Valley City State University has set summer enrollment records with 633 students registered for Summer Term 2017 in undergraduate and graduate programs. That figure surpasses the previous high of 613 students in 2014.Full-time equivalent (FTE) summer enrollment has also set an institutional record, with a 226 FTE figure.The summer enrollment numbers were bolstered by record enrollment in VCSU’s graduate programs, which established a summer record of 166 students and an FTE record of 62. The university offers two online master’s programs: a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree.According to James Boe, Ph.D., VCSU director for graduate studies, the online offerings are becoming increasingly popular. “Offering our graduate programs online allows our students to advance their educations in a manner that’s convenient for them while maintaining academic rigor,” said Boe. “Individuals who want to add a master’s degree to their credentials are able to do that while continuing their day jobs, and the summer sessions are attractive to teachers who can pursue professional development more freely in the summer.”The Master of Arts in Teaching prepares those with non-teaching bachelor’s degrees to become teachers.The M.Ed. program is designed for practicing teachers and offers six different concentrations: Elementary Education, English Education, Library and Information Technologies, Teaching and Technology, Teaching English Language Learners and Technology Education. More information on VCSU’s online graduate programs can be found at www.vcsu.edu/graduate.