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MED Frequently Asked Questions 

What are classes like?

Classes are very lively with many hands-on activities and discussions. Classes draw upon the academic literature in each subject area and also integrate students’ and faculty members’ experiences relating to the subject.

Projects that enable students to apply what they are learning to their own classrooms and educational settings enhance students’ understanding of course concepts and information. Students completing the Action Research Project in the MED select an area of their own practice to study and focus the project in ways useful to them.

Small class sizes encourage active participation and greater learning.  

How long will it take me to graduate?

Students finish the program in two to three years depending on how many courses they are able to take each semester. Many working adults are able to complete six credits of coursework per semester.

When can I start the program?

Students pursuing National Board Certification are encouraged to start the program in January.

Students pursuing an Endorsement usually start in May/Summer or Fall semesters, although arrangements can usually be made for a Spring start.

Students pursuing the Adult Learning Certificate or the Traditional MED may start any semester.  

What does the program ask of you?

We expect students to come to class prepared and ready to engage with classmates in the course material. The experience you bring and your ideas and insights are valuable resources for learning for you and your classmates. A general rule of thumb is to spend two hours doing homework for each hour of class time per week. This level of preparation is essential for the participatory nature of our classes.

We will work with you to make special arrangements for work-related travel and family obligations as long as these do not disrupt your studies or negatively impact your peers. We expect you to make the commitment to your graduate studies so that you can engage fully in the program courses and learn well.  

How do I know what classes to take?

As soon as you are admitted to the program, you meet with the Program Director. You will be asked to describe your interests and career goals. With that information, the Director will work with you to develop a plan of studies appropriate for your goals.  

How do I apply?

You can apply on-line or using a paper application form. Please see our Admissions Page for the next steps.  

Is there financial aid?

Yes. Graduate students are eligible for federal loans. The college also offers a convenient payment plan and will work with your employer if you are fortunate to have an employer who assists with tuition. For more information, please contact our Financial Aid Office.