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What is the major code and degree name for the online MAED Program?
The major code is 2294; and the degree title is Master of Arts in Education.
When will I hear about my admission status?
Typically, you will hear from us four to six weeks after the admission deadline.
Will I receive a regular MSU diploma upon completion of the program?
Yes. The MAED is a regular MSU M.A. program, meets all MSU requirements for Master's level study, and carries a regular diploma. The title of the degree is "Master of Arts in Education." There is no reference made to online delivery or to concentration area on the diploma or transcript. MSU and its academic programs are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
How many courses should I take in my first semester?
Please visit the Course Load section of the New Students page.
How long do most MAED candidates take to complete their academic program?
Completion is dependent upon how many courses a student takes each semester. Two courses per semester is a full load for working educators, but some students begin with one course. Most students complete their program in 2 1/2 years. All course work and degree requirements must be completed in five years.
When will I be assigned an academic advisor?
Once admitted to the online MAED program, students will be assigned an advisor. If you have any questions about the program, first review this FAQ page. If you cannot find an answer to your question(s), please e-mail the online MAED advisor, John Olle, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I set up my MSU e-mail account?
Please visit the Set Up Your MSUNetID (E-mail) Account's section of the New Students page by clicking here.
How and when do I enroll for courses?
Please visit the Tuition and Enrollment page by clicking here.
How and when do I access my class?
Please visit the Access Your Class(es)'s section of the New Students page by clicking here.
Where can I access the Program Planning Form and MAED Annual Review?
You can download the Program Planning form by clicking here. You can download the MAED Annual Review by clicking here. Once you fill them out, be sure to submit them to the MAED Advisor, John Olle,
May I change my course selection after I submit my MAED program plan?
Yes. Changes may be made with the approval of your academic advisor, John Olle.
Where can I get my grades, class schedules, billing information, account detail, etc?
Do I need to use my MSU e-mail account?
Your MSU e-mail address is the only e-mail address that the University will use to send official communication to students. However, you can auto-forward all incoming e-mails, including those tagged as spam, to another service or account. Click on "MSU Prefs" in the sidebar menu to access this setting.
Do I need to apply to graduate?
Yes. The first week of the semester you expect to graduate, submit the graduation application. If you expect to graduate in the summer, submit this application in the first week of spring.
When will I receive my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed to the address you provided on your graduation application approximately four weeks after the end of the semester that you graduate.
Where do I find information about commencement?
Go to the MSU Commencement website at http://commencement.msu.edu/
My employer is requesting that I obtain documentation of degree completion. How do I do this?
For complete information, please download the How to Obtain Documentation of Degree Completion memo here.
Can I transfer previously taken credits into this program?
Yes. Students may transfer a total of nine credits of M.A. level work taken prior to admission to the program; however, once you begin taking MA courses online, all remaining course work must be taken online. Also, all course work must be no older than five years at the time of graduation.
What are the criteria for transferring credit to the MAED program?
For courses to transfer:
- A grade of 3.0 or better must have been earned
- The course(s) must be graduate level
- The course(s) may not have been used towards another degree
- The course(s) must be no older than five years at the time of graduation
- The course must meet degree requirements as approved by the MAED advisor
- The course must be from another similarly accredited institution
- The course must be taken prior to enrollment in the MAED program
How many of my MSU internship credits can transfer into the MAED, and how do I get them transferred?
Nine of your internship credits may be used: TE/KIN 802, 803, and 804 or CEP 801A, 802A, and 804A. To transfer these credits into the program be sure to include them in the second concentration area on your program planning form. To be used toward program requirements, they must be no older than five years at the time of graduation.
What do I need to do to have my transfer credits evaluated?
Transfer credits are evaluated by your academic advisor, John Olle, after you have been admitted to the program. To begin this process, send a copy of the course description, syllabus, and an official transcript to:
John P. Olle, Academic Advisor
Michigan State University
Master of Arts in Education
424 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824
This process may take several weeks. You will be able to see if the transfer credits are approved at STUINFO. If the credits are not approved, John Olle will be in touch with you regarding that decision.
How does the MAED apply to Michigan teaching certificate requirements for renewal and professional certification?
For Michigan certified teachers and teachers certified in other states seeking Michigan certification, the MAED qualifies as a planned program of study, which is one requirement toward Michigan renewal and professional certification. However, this program is not designed to provide State of Michigan endorsement nor initial teacher certification. For more information about certification and endorsement, please visit the Certification page on the College of Education web site.
Teachers who are not certified in Michigan and wish to use the MAED for renewal in their home state should contact their bachelor's certification institution or state department of education for further information.
What courses do I need to take to meet the Michigan Reading course requirement?
For information on the Public Act 118 of 2006, New Reading Requirement for Teachers holding the Provisional Teaching Certificate, please visit the State of Michigan Reading Requirements page on the College of Education web site. An undergraduate course in reading as part of an initial or provisional certification does not fulfill this requirement. For more information, please contact the MSU Certification Office at (517) 353-9680.
What courses do I need to take to meet voluntary Michigan School Administrator Certification and Endorsements?
Eligibility requirements regarding administrative certification and endorsements through MSU can be found at the Department of Educational Administration web site. For more information, please visit this page by clicking here.
Who is eligible for Financial Aid?
To be eligible to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and qualify for federal grants and loans, you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. For complete information on eligibility, please visit the Eligibility page of the Financial Aid web site by clicking here.
How many credits must I take in order to receive my financial aid?
You must enroll for a minimum of five credits. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional information at http://finaid.msu.edu/.
Do out-of-state students need to pay out-of-state tuition?
No. Tuition for online MAED candidates is the same for all students regardless of residency. Please see the current tuition rate on the Controller's Office website at http://www.ctlr.msu.edu/COStudentAccounts/Tuition_FeesResident_Summer.aspx. The MAED is listed as "On-line Education Masters."
How do VA benefits apply to the MAED?
VA benefits apply to the MAED like all other graduate degree programs. Questions regarding VA benefits may be directed to the Joann Villarreal in Registrar's office at email@example.com.
How do I know when to pay my tuition?
The MSU Business Office will send a notice to your MSU e-mail address when your tuition invoice is available on STUNIFO at http://stuinfo.msu.edu/. For an estimate on when you will receive the e-mail, check the Billing and Fee Payment Schedule webpage on website of the Controller's Office.
Do I need a diploma or a bachelor's equivalent to apply to this program?
Applicants must possess a U.S bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 overall grade point average.
Do international students need to pay out-of-state tuition?
No. Tuition for online MAED degree candidates is the same for all students regardless of residency. For complete information please visit the Tuition and Enrollment page.
Are there language proficiency requirements?
Yes. For more information, please visit the International Applicants section of the Application Procedure page.
If I am an international student, do I need to obtain a student visa and submit a statement of financial proof when applying to the MAED program?
No. Inasmuch as you will not be entering the United States to study, neither is required.
As an international student, can I get Federal Financial Aid?
Students must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to get Federal Financial Aid.