Set Up Your MSU NetID and Email Account
- Once you have accepted your Offer of Admission in the MSU admissions portal, you can find your MSU Student ID at the top of the Application Status page within the portal.
- You will receive an email notification to log into their Admissions portal to retrieve your PAN. Students will need to click on “Show Personal Access Number (PAN)” button to display the 4-digit PAN.
- Within the portal, you will need to click on the link “Activate your MSU NetID and email,” which will take you to the Admissions website to activate your NetID.
- Use your MSU e-mail address to access the online course web systems Desire2Learn. You will also use your e-mail address to access Campus Solutions, where you can see your course schedules and grades, view and pay bills, and track your financial aid.
New students may wish to take one course during their first semester in their concentration area. This would allow them to judge how much time online courses take and confirm that they made the right choice regarding the concentration area. Nevertheless, students may take two courses if they choose. It is necessary for MAED students to enroll in two courses to be eligible for financial aid.
If you are concerned about how many courses you should take, a good rule of thumb is to expect to spend an average of six to nine hours per week for each 3-credit course you’re taking.
- Select the course(s) you want to take from the Courses page of the MAED website. Check this page frequently for new course postings. ED 800 Concepts of Educational Inquiry is one of the two required courses for the MAED and usually is taken in the first or second semester of enrollment. However, students may take ED 800 during their first semester. ED 870 Capstone Seminar, the second MAED required course, should be taken as the last or second to the last course in the program. You may not take this course prior to 80% program completion. It is necessary to receive an override to enroll in these courses. To request an override, when enrollment opens up for the semester in which you would like to take these courses, send an e-mail including your PID, course title, and the semester in which you wish to enroll to firstname.lastname@example.org. For future reference, please note that courses used to fulfill concentration areas are cited on the Concentrations page of the MAED website.
- Enroll for courses via Campus Solutions at https://student.msu.edu. Guides for using Campus Solutions can be found at sis.msu.edu/help/enrollment.html and https://sis.msu.edu/learn-more.html. Campus Solutions requires multi-factor authentication (MFA). For more information about this and to register your credentials, go to https://secureit.msu.edu/multi-factor/index.html. secureit.msu.edu/two-factor. Future course schedules can be viewed in Campus Solutions under the “Classes” tile.
- Pay your tuition. The MSU Business Office will send a notice to your MSU e-mail address when your tuition invoice is available.
Access Your Class(es)
It is very important that you access your class(es) on the first day of class. Please know that you will not be able to access your class(es) prior to the first day of class. The run dates for each course are listed on MSU’s Course Search website. Please do not wait for an e-mail from your course instructor. If you have any questions about a course or required materials for a course, be sure to contact the instructor. Faculty contact information can be found on MSU’s Course Search website, MSU’s People Search, and the Faculty/Staff page of the MAED website. Books may be purchased through online booksellers, like Amazon.com.
It is your responsibility to “attend” class on the first day of class via Desire2Learn. Below are the steps to access your class(es):
- Find your class on Desire2Learn.
- Enter your MSUNetID (the portion of your e-mail address prior to the @ sign) and the password.
Save Your Assignments
You won’t need every discussion forum you’ve ever participated in, but as part of the ED 870 Capstone Seminar you will be developing a showcase that revolves around projects you identify as seminal or important in your master’s journey. At the conclusion of each class we recommend picking two or three assignments, archiving and recording a description of them.
It is important that you store your work in multiple secure places! Do not rely on d2l to save you work – after your class is over, you may lose access to your d2l course. Save work on your hard-drive, in the cloud, and make backups!
Contact Your Academic Advisor
Contact John Olle, the online MAED academic advisor, regarding course selection, fulfillment of degree requirements, and graduation. Be sure to check the FAQ page for a list of common questions and answers.
Online Student Resources
Online students are a vital part of the College of Education, and our faculty and staff take the responsibility of assisting your intellectual and professional aspirations seriously. Find a series of resources to support you on your academic journey at MSU via Academic & Student Affairs.