Answers for people thinking of enrolling in the Educational Technology Online M.Ed. program
1. Who is this program for?This program is for people with hands-on teaching experience, whether licensed or not. Some of the coursework includes projects that require the use of a classroom. Students who are on a leave from teaching must foster a relationship with a local school (grades K-12) and make arrangements to be a guest in a classroom from time to time. Students without teaching experience can contact the Graduate Admissions Office for information on appropriate programs for people who want to become teachers. Also, while the program was designed specifically for K-12 teachers, we have found that it translates well to the community college level. Community college faculty are eligible application candidates. 2. How long does this program typically take to complete?The program consists of eleven 3-credit courses. Most students take one course in an eight-week term and finish the program in just about two years. Students who wish to take more than one course in an eight-week term may discuss this with a program advisor for approval. If students need to take a semester off, or want to move at a slower pace and take only one course per semester, that is also possible. Students can take up to seven years to complete the degree. It is advised that students who are actively teaching not take more than 3 credits in an 8 week term. Three credits translates to roughly 7 hours of work each week, depending on projects and assignments. At times, students will need to set aside blocks of time to be online (a block can mean up to 90 minutes in one sitting). 3. Will I be able to advance an existing, or obtain a new, teaching license or certification with this program?While the program is not specifically designed to obtain or further a license, our experience shows that we do sometimes satisfy state requirements. We strongly encourage you to approach your local Department of Education to discuss whether this program would be appropriate. 4. What are the technical requirements for participating in the program?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 loaded on their computers. 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. It is essential that all students download Firefox as their browser, which can be downloaded for free. Software: Geometer's Sketchpad: CD-ROM, available at amazon.com. Lesley University students are eligible to receive discounts etc. on computers and software alike. 5. Is being away from a class for a week or two a problem?Being away from class for a week or more is problematic. The online program is not an independent study program; it is very much a classroom environment. While the courses are asynchronous, you still must be present each week. If a situation such as a family crisis or illness arises, arrangements must be made with the instructor of the course (similar to a traditional face to face course).6. I have some courses from another university that I would like to transfer into the program. Is this possible?Lesley University may allow a transfer of up to 6 credits from an appropriate institution. They must be graduate level and relevant to the program of study. Please refer to our policy on transfers. 7. I am not interested in completing a Master's degree at this time; however, I am interested in taking some courses that look interesting to me. Is this possible?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. 8. Who is the program advisor for the Educational Technology Online program?Mike Matvichuk: 800.999.1959ext. 8463, or 617.349.8463 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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