What you need to know to participate in this online program
This program is for people with practical teaching experience looking to deepen their understanding of mathematics to better support their students. Because some of the coursework includes projects that require the use of a classroom, students who are on leave from teaching must foster a relationship with a local school (grades K-12) and make arrangements to be an occasional classroom guest. Students without teaching experience should contact the Graduate Admissions Office for information on appropriate programs for people who want to become teachers.
The program consists of 11 courses. Most students take one course per term and finish in about two years, though a student can take up to seven years to complete the degree. If you are considering actively teaching and considering taking more than two courses a term, talk with a program advisor first. One course translates to roughly 7 hours of work each week, depending on projects and assignments.
In Massachusetts: If you hold an Initial License in Elementary Education (1-6) or an Initial License in Middle School Mathematics (5-8), the program can lead to the corresponding Professional License. Outside of Massachusetts: As our program can satisfy requirements in some states, we encourage you to approach your local Department of Education or licensing and certification organization to ask if our program will help to advance your existing license or certification. (We suggest obtaining their approval in writing.)
You will need to sign a non-licensure agreement, which is your acknowledgement that you fully understand the Master’s program you are about to enter will not allow Lesley University to endorse for licensure.
The most important technical requirements for online coursework are access to a high-speed internet connection and an email address you can check daily. Students can work either with a PC or a Macintosh with some form of antivirus software. Some content-specific software will be required throughout the program; students will be given information on how to purchase it prior to the start of each course. Students must also have access to a scanner. You should use Firefox as your browser; if you do not yet have it, you can download it for free.
No. These are asynchronous courses, so you can arrange your study times to fit your personal schedule.
Being away from class for a week or more is problematic, as the program is very much a classroom environment. Though the courses are asynchronous, you still must be present each week. If a situation arises such as a family crisis or illness, arrangements must be made with the instructor of the course (similar to a face-to-face course).
Lesley University may allow a transfer of up to six credits from an appropriate institution. They must be graduate level and relevant to the program of study.
Probably. However, some courses have prerequisites and also may require some specific technical skills. Contact the program advisor directly to arrange for permission to enroll: Mike Matvichuk: 800.999.1959 ext. 8463, or 617.349.8463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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