College of Education - Graduate
Frequently Asked Questions for the Traditional Hybrid Educational Technology M.Ed. Program
- Is there a sequence of courses that I need to follow to complete the program?
- What happens after I’ve been accepted into the program?
- Will I be assigned an academic advisor?
- Which courses should I enroll in using Banner?
- I tried to enroll in an online course in Banner but it says a permit is required? What do I need to do to get a permit to enroll?
- Which elective courses qualify in this program?
- I have been accepted into the online M.Ed. program in educational technology. What should I do now?
- Are there Capstone options?
A: There is no required sequence of courses that students need to follow.
EDT 621 requires a pre-requisite of 15 credits BEFORE students can enroll. This course has been designated in our program where students who wish to enroll in a thesis (ED 693) for their capstone must declare their intent as required by university policies. For more information, see the M.Ed. Capstone options section below. Other courses do not have pre-reqs. Course Information
A: Students normally receive a letter from the College of Education indicating that they have been accepted into the graduate program. Once you receive a letter, with your student (G) number, user name and PIN, you can enroll in courses using Banner, on the GVSU website.
After acceptance, students will hear from an academic advisor (by e-mail) following up on their admission and reviewing information provided. Prior to setting up an advising session, students should complete and submit the online self-assessment
A: No, but if you wish to talk with an academic advisor you can setup an advising session by calling the Student Information Services Center (SISC) at 616-331-6650. Advising sessions are available on campus, via telephone or online in Wimba.
A: Banner includes all courses offered by GVSU. “Hybrid” courses have some required on-campus time and are generally for students in our on-campus programs. Only those courses identified as “Online” in the Location column are resererved only for the Online Program students and are not available for the traidtional Hybrid program students.
A: Sections indicated as “online” in Banner are only available to students in our online M.Ed. degree, whereas sections identified as “hybrid” or weekend format are available to all students. If you live in the tri-county (Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon) area, then you do not currently qualify for the online program. Only students in the online degree program will be guaranteed seats in the online educational technology courses.
A: The criteria we use to transfer in credit from outside GVSU are that the course must be (a) graduate-level, (b) from an accredited institution of higher learning, and (c) fit into your program. Elective credits can come from graduate courses at GVSU, graduate courses from other colleges of universities that are accredited by NCATE, or graduate-level credits offered by school districts, ISD’s, or other academic agencies.
A: If you haven’t already done so, please fill out, sign and return a planned program for the M.Ed. degree in educational technology. A planned program can be setup for the Master’s degree as well as the professional certification option.
A: The GVSU College of Education offers students two (2) options for completing their M.Ed. capstone experience: a development project (ED 693) or a research/thesis (ED 695).
- ED 693 Project - A project involves curriculum or program development, and applies theory to practice. For a project, students create and describe evaluation of a product that is used in a professional capacity.
- ED 695 Thesis - A thesis is a traditional research capstone where a candidate for an advanced degree gathers data, analyses that data, and presents the results along with their interpretations. During a thesis, students analyse data to answer a research question or test a hypothesis of interest.
Students may choose either option and there are different requirements depending on your choice. Information on the COE Website provides help when choosing a thesis or project, as does course work completed in EDT 621 – Topics in Educational Technology. Students who choose to complete a project (ED 693) must submit an application (available online) the term before they plan to complete their project and there are deadlines for applications for each term.
Students who choose to complete a thesis (ED 695) must declare their choice between 30-60% of completion of their course work (after completing 12-18 credits, during EDT 621), must identify a thesis advisor, form a thesis committee, and register for ED 695. Those students who select a thesis but are unable to finish it in one term may enrol in ED 696 in subsequent terms. Other university requirements for completion of a thesis (ED 695) can be found online here. Students who are considering a thesis (ED 695) are encouraged to talk with their advisor after completion of 18-credits so they can designate their plans as required by GVSU.
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