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I have read the website. What if I have more questions?
An Enrollment Advisor is available to answer all your questions. To have your Enrollment Advisor contact you, fill out the short form on the right hand side of the page, or call 1-800-226-0075.
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Why is accreditation important?
The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the teaching professional’s mechanism to help establish high-quality teacher, specialist, and administrator preparation. Accreditation through NCATE assures a program underwent rigorous external review, meets high standards set by the field at large, and better prepares students for new, more demanding initial licensing expectations in many states.

Also, many states have reciprocity agreements based on graduation from NCATE-accredited schools, so graduates from NCATE-accredited institutions will generally find it easier to apply for licensure when they move out of state.
For more information, go to: http://www.ncate.org/public/whyNCATE.asp?ch=42
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What should I look for in a distance-learning program?
We recommend you search for a program that has extensive experience delivering distance learning, professional accreditation (NCATE), low student attrition, dedicated full-time faculty, high student satisfaction, and minimal travel. Unlike correspondence courses, the University of Cincinnati’s distance learning programs are not self-paced or independent study. They have the benefit of traditional education, like instructor-led structured curriculum, with the convenience and interactivity of online technologies.
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I am not computer savvy; can I do this?
Yes. We realize that some students are computer novices; therefore, the University of Cincinnati provides technical support for its students. Online support can be accessed anytime. You can speak with a computer technology person about computer issues, including Blackboard, seven days a week.
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Do I earn the same degree that on-campus students earn?
Yes, the University of Cincinnati awards the same accredited degree regardless of the delivery method: the traditional campus-based program or the distance-learning program for working professionals.
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How long will it take to earn my Master of Education?
The Master of Education curriculum is eight quarters (45 credits) or about two years.
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What if I can’t keep up?
One of the benefits of studying in a small learning community is the special support you will receive from your peers and faculty. Students typically find this greatly helps them to stay on track. Your instructor recognizes your challenges and wants to help you succeed.
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How much does the program cost?
The courses are $457* per credit hour for Ohio residents and $467* per credit hour for non-Ohio residents. The University of Cincinnati offers the same quality education through its distance program as in-state, campus-based students receive. Our goal is to ensure that all students with the drive and determination to complete our professional program have the opportunity to do so.

*Tuition rates are based on the current tuition schedule. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
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I’ve previously taken graduate courses. Can those courses be transferred in?
At the University of Cincinnati, comparable courses taken at a regionally accredited college or university may be considered for transfer as long as they have been taken within seven years and are taken in the field of education.
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I have a busy work and family life and cannot attend classes each week. Is this program for me?
Yes. The UC program is asynchronous, meaning there is no specific time in which you need to be online. You can complete your studies at your convenience in the comfort of your own home or workplace. There are no site visits or campus classes to attend. You have access to your course 24 hours a day. You will have weekly assignments, but your coursework can be completed around your busy schedule.
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What are the computer requirements for participation in the Master of Education program?
To participate in the online program you will need a computer system with current specifications that your Enrollment Advisor can relay to you. Please call 1-800-226-0075.

As a student at the University of Cincinnati, you will be eligible for special pricing on Dell computers and numerous software options such as MS Windows and MS Office.
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Online degrees vs. campus-based degrees: Does the diploma say “online”?
Students who graduate from the University of Cincinnati’s online Master of Education program receive the same prestigious degree as students attending on our campus. The diploma will not distinguish that you were a distance education student with the online Master of Education program or whether you attended on-campus. Prospective students can place confidence in our University’s notable reputation for excellence and high standards while learning on-campus or online from a distance. The resulting graduation and degree is the same; in fact, you should plan to attend graduation ceremonies to celebrate your accomplishment.

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How many years of experience am I required to have to qualify for the Master of Education program?
Two years teaching experience is recommended. Admissions requirements are subject to change, please contact an Enrollment Advisor for the most current requirements.
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What is the Individual Master’s Project and what should I expect to get out of this type of experience?
The Individual Master’s Project (CI 874) should produce a tangible product such as a curriculum, literature review, CD/DVD, or action research study. Students should be able to explain how their project applied ideas or skills learned in the program to the problem being addressed and why this approach is appropriate. The results of a project should be useful to the candidate and to others in the field.
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