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M.S. in Online Teaching and Learning (combined with advanced certificates) (OT4)

(as of )(This program is no longer used for new students or graduates.)

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the OT4 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching [OT1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • [LT1] (3+ Additional Credits)


Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 36+ credits. The detailed OT4 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed OT4 Program of Study Form.


Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Masters' Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods

Specialization Courses   

Courses in Educational Administration for a total of 18 credits:

Electives   

Choose electives for a total of at least 6 credits (so that program total is at least 33 credits).

Optional Field Experiences   

We recommend that you enroll at least once in these optional field experiences to better understand the U.S. education system and culture and thus inform your reading of the research literature:
EDF444 Field Experiences in American Higher Education (variable credits)
EDF444 Field Experiences in American Higher Education (variable credits)

Additional Courses   
ED493 Master’s Research (Master’s Paper, Master's Thesis, Master’s Essay) (variable credits)
 

Notes:

1. The practicum experience can be fulfilled in a number of different ways. Please read the information available on the website and consult with the Practicum Coordinator before registering for this course.

2. This is a combined program that includes at least one advanced certificate (among the ones listed on page 1 of this form) in addition to the basic master’s degree. This means that your master’s degree will not be conferred until you have also completed all the requirements for your chosen advanced certificate(s).

3. You will be able to change your choice of additional advanced certificate(s) after your program of study has been approved; however, this will require prior written approval of your advisor and an amendment of your program of study. International students will also need to check in advance with the University International Student Office (ISO) if the proposed change requires a change in their completion date.

4. Engaging in the field experiences organized through in EDF444 is optional, although highly recommended for international students who have no prior experience studying in the U.S. -- especially in their first year. These field experiences will provide international students with opportunities for observations and experiences that deepen their understanding of U.S. education and thus enable them to get more out of readings and discussions in any of their other courses.

5. As per New York State regulations, credits earned from field experiences and other internships cannot be counted as coursework; therefore, credits earned through EDF444 or any of the practicum/internship experiences required by your chosen advanced certificate(s) cannot be counted towards the minimum of coursework credits required for the master’s degree or as electives for that program.

6. Consistent with the University of Rochester policy, no more than 10 credits of coursework from other institutions can be used to meet the requirements for this master degree, and also no more than 1/3 of the credits required by each of your chosen advanced certificates can be transferred from another institution.

7. Students are encouraged to choose their electives strategically so as to meet some of the requirements of their chosen additional advanced certificate(s). However, each additional advanced certificate included in the combined program needs to add at least an additional 3 credit hours to the minimum credits required for the master’s degree.

8. The number of credits required to complete this enhanced program will depend on the chosen additional advanced certificate(s), the choice made for electives, and whether you choose to take advantage of the optional field experiences.

9. International students are required to carefully plan with their advisor the sequence of courses and field experiences needed to complete all the requirements for their master’s degree as well as chosen advanced certificates, so as to ensure that they maintain full-time status for the duration of their program. An expected program completion date needs to be identified early in the program and communicated to ISO; any changes in expected completion date need to be communicated and approved in advance by ISO. In particular, please keep in mind that a program extension to complete a culminating assessment (i.e., Master’s Thesis, Essay or Portfolio) might be allowed for at most a semester and it is considered an exception rather than the norm.



Other Requirements:

In addition to the coursework indicated above, in order to graduate and to receive the certification(s)/licensure (if any) you are seeking this program has additional requirements. Please note that in some cases, while our program will provide you with all the academic experiences required for the certification you seek, there may be some additional requirements that you will have to complete independently and outside of our program in order to be granted that certification/licensure (ex: completing a certain number of years of mentored experiences). When that is the case, we have listed these requirements but also indicated that they are not a graduation requirement.