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 Commission on Higher Education (NECHE, formerly known as NEASC), which accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states. Accreditation by the Commission 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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