Online Master of Science in Education: Frequently Asked Questions

Getting your MSEd online at University of New England


I am inter­est­ed in pur­su­ing this pro­gram. How do I get start­ed?

An enroll­ment coun­selor is pre­pared to answer all of your ques­tions and walk you through the steps nec­es­sary to apply to this pro­gram. Com­plete an Infor­ma­tion Request to have an enroll­ment coun­selor con­tact you.

Online learning

What should I look for in a dis­tance edu­ca­tion degree pro­gram?

The strongest dis­tance edu­ca­tion pro­grams are those with proven track records, expe­ri­ence low stu­dent attri­tion rates, receive con­sis­tent­ly high stu­dent sat­is­fac­tion scores and require min­i­mal trav­el. The Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land has all of these impor­tant attrib­ut­es. Our exper­tise has been suc­cess­ful­ly demon­strat­ed.

Is UNE new to online edu­ca­tion?

The Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land has over ten years of expe­ri­ence in dis­tance edu­ca­tion learn­ing. 

Is online learn­ing for me?

Stu­dents who grad­u­ate from the Uni­ver­si­ty of New England’s online MSEd pro­gram receive the same degree as stu­dents who attend class­es on our cam­pus. The diplo­ma does not dis­tin­guish if you were an online stu­dent or a tra­di­tion­al cam­pus-based stu­dent. The degree you earn is the same. In fact, we strong­ly encour­age you to attend your grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mo­ny to cel­e­brate your accom­plish­ments.

Online learn­ing is ide­al for work­ing pro­fes­sion­als because it pro­vides the oppor­tu­ni­ty to study when it is con­ve­nient for you. The flex­i­bil­i­ty this pro­gram offers makes it pos­si­ble or even the busiest indi­vid­u­als to earn their degree. Add to that the many lev­els of unprece­dent­ed sup­port that you will receive through­out the pro­gram and it is easy to see that this may be just the edu­ca­tion­al mod­el you have been look­ing for.

I am not com­put­er savvy; can I do this?

We real­ize that many stu­dents are com­put­er novices, so the Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land pro­vides spe­cial sup­port to new stu­dents dur­ing an exten­sive ori­en­ta­tion to online cours­es pri­or to start­ing class­es.

MSEd program

How long will it take to earn my MSEd?

The online Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Edu­ca­tion pro­gram may be com­plet­ed in less than 2 years. Get in touch with an enroll­ment coun­selor to dis­cuss a sched­ule that will fit your needs.

Is this pro­gram accred­it­ed?

Yes. The Uni­ver­si­ty of New Eng­land is region­al­ly accred­it­ed by the New Eng­land Asso­ci­a­tion of Schools and Col­leges, Inc. (NEASC), which accred­its schools and col­leges in the six New Eng­land states. Accred­i­ta­tion by the Asso­ci­a­tion indi­cates that the insti­tu­tion has been care­ful­ly eval­u­at­ed and found to meet stan­dards agreed upon by qual­i­fied edu­ca­tors.

Why is region­al accred­i­ta­tion impor­tant?

Region­al accred­i­ta­tion is the pri­ma­ry type of insti­tu­tion­al accred­i­ta­tion rec­og­nized in the Unit­ed States. Some insti­tu­tions with online pro­grams hold nation­al accred­i­ta­tion because they are unwill­ing or unable to meet the rig­or­ous stan­dards of region­al accred­i­ta­tion. You should also know that many edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions hold­ing region­al accred­i­ta­tion do not rec­og­nize cred­its or degrees earned at insti­tu­tions that are nation­al­ly accred­it­ed. This is very impor­tant if you plan on trans­fer­ring from one col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty to anoth­er part way through a degree pro­gram, or if you plan to pur­sue addi­tion­al degrees at dif­fer­ent col­leges or uni­ver­si­ties.

What is the dif­fer­ence between a Master’s Degree and a Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram?

The Master’s Degree is an aca­d­e­m­ic degree earned by indi­vid­u­als who have under­gone study demon­strat­ing a mas­ter or high-order overview of a spe­cif­ic field of study or area of pro­fes­sion­al prac­tice. The Cer­tifi­cate is a post-Master’s cer­tifi­cate designed to enhance pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment focus.  


I have an extreme­ly busy work and fam­i­ly life and can­not attend class­es each week. Is this pro­gram for me?

You can com­plete your stud­ies at your con­ve­nience in the com­fort of your own home. No cam­pus vis­its are required. You will have access to your course­work 24 hours a day, which can be com­plet­ed around your busy sched­ule.

Do I have to log on at spec­i­fied times to attend/listen to class ses­sions?

No. All of our cours­es are 100% asyn­chro­nous — you choose when to log in and com­plete your course­work.  In the event there is a live ses­sion, the instruc­tor will make the video avail­able for view­ing at any time. 

How many hours per week will I need to study?

On an aver­age, most stu­dents spend 15–20 hours per week study­ing to ensure com­ple­tion of six cred­its each semes­ter. How­ev­er, this can vary great­ly, depend­ing on your per­son­al and pro­fes­sion­al cir­cum­stances.

Can I dou­ble up on cours­es?

His­tor­i­cal­ly we have found that stu­dents have the most suc­cess by start­ing out with one course at a time, for two terms. How­ev­er, if you can show that you are able to com­plete the course­work com­pe­tent­ly, you can sub­mit your sit­u­a­tion to be reviewed by the pro­gram. Con­tact your Stu­dent Sup­port Spe­cial­ist to begin the review process.

Transfer Credit

Do you accept trans­fer cred­its in to the Master’s Degree pro­grams?

Yes. You can trans­fer up to six (6) cred­its into our Master’s Degree pro­grams.  In order to trans­fer cred­its, you will need to:

  • Sub­mit a syl­labus of each course you wish to trans­fer in.
  • Fill out a trans­fer request form.
  • Sub­mit an offi­cial tran­script doc­u­ment­ing the par­tic­u­lar course(s).
  • Indi­cate which course(s) you wish to replace in the pro­gram.

Classroom Access

What does it mean when we say you will need access to a class­room to ful­fill some aspects of your pro­gram at UNE?

While many stu­dents at UNE are work­ing as class­room teach­ers and admin­is­tra­tors in schools across the US and inter­na­tion­al­ly, we rec­og­nize that there are oth­er pro­fes­sion­al edu­ca­tion­al path­ways for which UNE’s pro­grams may be a pow­er­ful oppor­tu­ni­ty for growth.

To ensure your suc­cess please care­ful­ly read the descrip­tions of typ­i­cal assign­ments below.

Assign­ments that involve analy­sis of class­room and school data: How learn­ing is mea­sured in a class­room or school-wide set­ting? You may need access to class­room assess­ment data, stan­dard­ized test data, or com­mon­ly devel­oped and scored assess­ments to answer this ques­tion. If you are work­ing as an admin­is­tra­tor, teacher or para­pro­fes­sion­al you prob­a­bly already work with these sorts of data reg­u­lar­ly.

Assign­ments that involve cur­ricu­lum and instruc­tion: What is the adopt­ed cur­ricu­lum of your school or dis­trict? What train­ing goes with it? Who is respon­si­ble for choos­ing and review­ing it? Beyond a tra­di­tion­al class­room set­ting, oth­er school per­son­nel such as school coun­selors, librar­i­ans often have cur­ric­u­lar respon­si­bil­i­ties. Oth­er top­ics cen­tral to your school set­ting might cov­er how is instruc­tion eval­u­at­ed? How are new teach­ers men­tored?

Port­fo­lios of pro­fes­sion­al work: Some cours­es may require that you cre­ate, uti­lize or reflect upon col­lec­tions of your pro­fes­sion­al work. This could include les­son and unit plans, strate­gic plans for fac­ul­ty devel­op­ment, pre­sen­ta­tions to col­leagues, or com­mit­tee work.


How much does the pro­gram cost?

Course tuition for the MSEd pro­grams can be found on the tuition costs page. The Uni­ver­si­ty of New England’s MSEd pro­gram offers online stu­dents the same out­stand­ing edu­ca­tion that cam­pus-based stu­dents receive. Easy access to afford­able edu­ca­tion helps us ful­fill our goal of ensur­ing that every indi­vid­ual who has the desire to fur­ther their edu­ca­tion has the oppor­tu­ni­ty to do so.


What are the com­put­er require­ments for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the pro­gram?

To par­tic­i­pate in online edu­ca­tion, you will need a com­put­er sys­tem with cur­rent spec­i­fi­ca­tions. Please vis­it the com­put­er require­ments page or con­tact your enroll­ment coun­selor for spe­cif­ic details.

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