What you need to know

Frequently Asked Questions

+What qualifications do I need to participate in either the Master of Education or Certificate of Graduate Studies?

Both programs are designed for in-service educators. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is a post-masters program—prospective students should already have a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.

+Will my school or district accept this degree from Southern New Hampshire University?

You can check with your school or district official for applicability, and SNHU staff are happy to discuss the program(s) with your district representatives. SNHU is a private, non-profit university accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education. You may review further details on SNHU's acknowledgment waiver HERE.

+When can I apply?

We accept applications throughout the year. Upon review of all required application materials, you can start one of three times during the year: Spring, Summer, or Fall. Once you're in, classes start every 8 or 16 weeks. It's up to you!

+What do the programs cost?

The cost per credit is $355. The total cost for the Master of Education in partnership with Learners Edge costs $12,780. This includes up to $1,000 in flight and travel costs to participate in the national Action Research Summer Symposium for your capstone. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies costs $11,005.

+Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available for all qualified students in the Master of Education program. Please reach out to LEstudent@snhu.edu for details upon applying.

+What is the policy for deferrals, withdrawals, and refunds?

See the policies listed in the SNHU academic catalog, HERE.

+What are the courses like? What kind of assignments will we have?

All courses are online, and instructed by expert faculty in their associated field. Most courses are self-paced with soft due dates. Your starting course will comprise of a Profile Seminar that introduces you to the program, sets expectations, and allows for you to select a flexible ‘pacing’ schedule to complete in 1, 2, or 3 years. You may select from a suite of available core courses within each of the five Learning Strands that meet your interests and program requirements. Two courses from each strand will be required for completion of the degree or the post-graduate certificate.

Assignments in each course will range from reflection, discussion, application, and other exciting critical tasks. Each course will have an embedded reflection component that allows you to self-assess and grow towards meeting course and program outcomes. This design helps you map your transformation and inform your personal goals and professional practice.

+Who teaches the courses and what are their qualifications?

All courses are instructed by faculty with expertise in their associated subject matter. All courses in the programs require faculty to be reviewed and approved by both SNHU and Learners Edge staff.

+What is the Profile Seminar experience like?

The Profile Seminar introduces you to the program, sets expectations, and allows for you to select a flexible ‘pacing’ schedule to complete in 1, 2, or 3 years. This course is shorter in length than your core courses in the five strands and the Action Research series. It is designed to build your capacity and provide a platform to grow your personal and professional goals.

+What is the Summer Action Research Symposium?

The Summer Action Research Symposium is our culminating, national event designed to bring together like-minded educators from around the country to present their capstone projects. You will get the unique opportunity to review your colleagues’ capstone projects, as well as have your one capstone formally reviewed by peers and an evaluator. The Symposium is a highly motivating and exciting event that demonstrates all the incredible hard work that goes into impacting yourself and your classroom. We bet you've never done anything quite like this before!

+Does SNHU really pay for my travel to the Symposium?

Yes, SNHU pays up to $1,000 of travel costs associated with your travel and hotel at the Summer Action Research Symposium.

+Is it mandatory to participate in the Symposium?

Yes, participation in the Symposium is mandatory at the culmination of your Master of Education conferral. Although students enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study do not develop an original action research capstone, we encourage them to join us as a professional learning experience if they can…it’s one of the most extraordinary educational experiences and we'd love to see everyone there!

+How will I communicate with the professors if I need help or feedback?

Faculty from Learners Edge and SNHU are available to you and will address your questions promptly. The Learners Edge Team is available seven (7) days a week to meet your needs, and offer support of your learning experience.

+How will my work be evaluated?

Your work will be presented to you in separate modules that build off of each other. Work within these modules is assessed based on the rubric provided to you within the syllabus.  Additionally, at the end of your course, you will complete a Learning Progress form and two final reflections (one related to the specific course outcomes and the other related to the Program Outcomes). The Program Outcomes Reflection is not evaluated on a rubric but is required for your ePortfolio.

+What does the program pacing look like? Can I change my pacing?

Your selection of program pacing is one of the more unique features of our program. In the Profile Seminar course (taken at the beginning of your degree or certificate program), you will select a scheduling pathway that best fits your busy life. You will have the option to select a pathway that leads to graduation in 1, 2, or 3 years. Don’t worry if you need to adjust as you go on—we all know life can sometimes change our plans. However, the pacing you select will help set your academic expectations, financial responsibilities, and help inform the faculty and advisors of your goals.

+When am I able to select my classes? What does this process look like?

Upon initial application, you will be enrolled into the Profile Seminar course, and you can pick your starting date in the near future. As a student, you will have the ability to select your courses multiple terms in advance if needed. However, we encourage you to plan accordingly with your career and family needs. The process for selecting courses will be explained in greater detail in your Profile Seminar. Rest assured that you will have exciting options available to you each and every term to best meet your programmatic requirements and professional passions.

+How much time do I need to commit per week in order to be successful in the program?

Due to the flexibility in the time you have to complete a course, it is easier to break this down by the type of course you are taking.  The Profile Seminar contains activities and readings that should take 15 hours to complete.  Any of the three-credit courses you select from within the Learning Strands have been designed to create an experience of approximately 45 to 60 hours worth of coursework.

The Action Research courses vary depending where you are in the process.  Learning about the stages and philosophies behind Action Research provides a different amount of time commit from your individual researching or implementing the changes to your practices within your learning environment.

+I have never taken an online course before. What do I need to do before I start?

Before signing up for any online course or program, it is important to consider whether you will be able to commit adequate time to your studies. An online course provides the participant with a lot of freedom and flexibility. Thus, you should also think about whether you bring the motivation, discipline, and time management skills that will be needed to thrive in this environment.

+What technological knowledge or equipment do I need to participate in this program?

You do not need to be a computer expert to succeed in an online course, but you do need to have some basic tools and skills and an open attitude. First, you’ll need access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, preferably in a quiet place where you will be able to concentrate on asynchronous work. You should know how to perform basic functions on a computer, such as accessing the internet, downloading files, and installing new programs. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you should have an open attitude to learning in this exciting and evolving environment. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of help along the way!