What is the Hybrid Summer Cohort program?
Each summer we welcome two cohorts of educators to the beautiful College of Education at Michigan State University for two weeks of extraordinary face-to-face learning. After these two on-campus weeks, students return home to complete four more weeks of learning with their cohorts online. At the end of the summer, all students return to campus for one day to present their best work, and to share in celebrations of their successes. We call this a hybrid cohort program because it blends face-to-face and online learning experiences. The cohort model allows students to forge strong professional connections to a group of colleagues who are working through a common set of courses together.
How is the Hybrid Summer Cohort Program structured?
A unique aspect of this version of our programs is that the curricula from three graduate-level courses are blended to feel like one integrated learning experience. We integrate assignments across courses to emphasize the relationships among ideas, and to provide a connected learning experience that flows as a whole, rather than as three separate parts.
Year 1 Cohort: Students complete CEP 810, 811 and 812, the course sequence that leads to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology. Students can enroll in this cohort as a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology student or as an MAET degree student. To get a sense of both face-to-face and online learning experiences typical of the Year 1 Cohort, please explore prior years’ Year 1 Cohort course pages.
Year 2 Cohort: Students complete CEP 800, 815 and 822. Students must be admitted to the MAET degree program to enroll in this cohort. To get a sense of both face-to-face and online learning experiences typical of the Year 2 Cohort, please explore prior years’ Year 2 Cohort course pages.
MAET degree students who complete both Year 1 Cohort and Year 2 Cohort experiences earn a total of 18 graduate credits toward their degree over two summers. They can complete the other four courses (12 credits) required for the MAET degree online, or by blending Overseas and online learning options. Graduates of MSU’s teaching internship may also be able to transfer credits toward their degree.
During the face-to-face time, classes do not meet on the weekends.
Why should I do it?
Many teachers tell us that the connections they build to other teachers through our hybrid summer cohorts enrich their professional lives long after the courses are over.
Teachers also tell us that summer hybrid programs allow them to focus on their professional learning exclusively without having to balance their regular teaching responsibilities at the same time. Many teachers appreciate the chance to fully immerse themselves in learning again!
What do students say about our programs?
“The MAET program provides a complete package when it comes to a degree. Not only does it provide research and hands-on practice, but it creates an atmosphere where the students are collaborating with classmates, connecting with professors and using educational experiences immediately in the classroom. I left the MAET program with professional connections and learning that will make a huge impact not only on me, but also on my students and district.”
~Ashlie O’Connor, MAET ’16, Instructional Technology and Data Specialist, Alpena, MI
“This program exceeded my expectations in so many ways. It has truly changed my life. The quality of the courses was excellent. The projects and lessons were relevant and pushed me to learn and grow. However, the thing that I value most about this program is the connections I have made, both with the professors and other students. My PLN is incredibly strong as it has branched out from the base of MSU MAET. Everyone I have interacted with at MSU has been incredibly kind and supportive.”
~2016 Alumni Survey
How much is it?
Depending on the application path you choose and where you live, tuition rates differ. Please visit our tuition page for a listing of all current tuition rates.
How long will it take me?
Hybrid Summer Cohort programs last six weeks during the summer.
When can I start?
Hybrid summer programs begin in June each year. Summer Hybrid Cohort and Overseas students should contact Maria Serrato at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (517) 432-9259 to enroll.
The department reserves the right to cancel a course for which there is insufficient enrollment. Notification of cancellation is normally provided at least a week before a course is set to begin. Paid tuition and registration fees will be refunded for a course that is cancelled by the department.
How do I apply?
To enter the Hybrid Summer Program Year 1 Cohort, you must decide whether to apply directly to the MAET degree program or whether you would like to enroll in the Year 1 Cohort program as a Graduate Certificate Student. This will depend on your career goals.
Applications for the MAET degree program will be accepted on a rolling basis, with an application deadline of June 1. All information about applications to the MAET degree program can be found on our apply page.
Applications for the Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology are also accepted on a rolling basis, up to one month before the program officially begins (i.e., mid-June). All information about applications to the Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology program can be found on our certificate application page.
To enroll in the Summer Hybrid Year 1 Cohort or the Year 2 cohort, please complete the Hybrid 2018 Reservation Form.
What options exist for staying on campus during the face-to-face portion of the program?
For the focused study on-campus, students may choose to live on the beautiful campus of Michigan State University, taking advantage of the numerous cultural and recreational opportunities available here during the summer. Housing for the summer cohort will be reserved with the Owen Hall Graduate Student Residence Visiting Scholar Rooms on campus. More information on how to reserve housing will be provided in hybrid email updates as the summer approaches.
Meals will be at your discretion, but you may choose to dine in the newly renovated Riverwalk Market at Owen Hall, Shaw Vista or other wonderful EatAtState locations around campus.