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Frequently Asked Questions

  • I’m not a computer programmer or engineer, can I do this degree?

    • Yes. There is no requirement for previous courses in Computer Science or Information Systems. We believe that computer programming is both a fun and essential skill for the 21st century; and one that you can learn here in our innovative, hands-on courses.

  • I’m not a teacher, is this degree for me?

    • We view education broadly. Some of our graduates want to pursue careers as classroom teachers, but many want to work in online and informal learning. Our focus is on understanding how technology supports learning. Sometimes this takes place in a classroom, but just as often it means web-based multimedia, interactive apps on mobile devices, or online peer learning communities.

  • What is the difference between the certification and non-certification track?

    • The certification track is for candidates who are already New York State certified teachers, looking to gain certification in a new area; as an Educational Technology Specialist. All other candidates should apply for the non-certification track, which is broader. Students outside of the certification track can still prepare to work with students in PreK-12 schools, but they will not gain a NYS teaching certificate at the end. Candidates preparing for careers in higher education, eLearning, educational media publishing, etc. should choose the non-certification track.

  • Can I become a certified teacher if I do not have a teaching certificate?

    • If you are not currently certified by (or pursuing certification), you cannot gain initial certification through the the M.A. in Educational Technology. When designing the Program, we decided that graduates will benefit the most and be stronger teachers if they study Educational Technology in collaboration with another field of focus. The 2012-13 academic year will be the first year for the program. We are working towards offering dual certification programs which will lead to 2 initial teaching certificates, specifically with Math Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

  • Can I become a certified Educational Technology Specialist without doing a full M.A.?

    • No. While some programs in the School of Education offer advanced graduate study certification programs that do not require a Masters, the content/domain requirements for the Educational Technology degree do not make this feasible. If you are a certified teacher and do not want to pursue a second Masters, we do offer the 15-credit Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Technology and Open Education.
  •  What is Educational Leadership and Technology?

    • Before the launch of the new Program in Educational Technology, the Adelphi School of Education had a program in Educational Leadership and Technology. Our excellent “Ed Leadership” program prepares candidates to become school principals, district superintendents, and other school leaders. Understanding technology is an essential skill of these leadership positions, and is tightly integrated in the Ed Leadership curriculum. To avoid confusion with our new program, Educational Leadership removed “Technology” from its title. They have not removed their commitment to using the latest technologies in preparing school leaders.

      Graduates of the Educational Technology program focus more on the specific use, design, and deployment of technologies, while Ed Leadership graduates learn how to implement and understand the impact of technical systems at a higher level.

      Some of our legacy materials still refer to Educational Leadership and Technology. These references are to the existing Educational Leadership program.

  • What’s the difference between the Manhattan Center and Garden City campus?

    • We offer these degrees at both the Manhattan and Garden City locations. In general, the same courses — taught by the same faculty — will be offered in both locations. Both sites offer certain benefits.

      Adelphi’s main campus is in Garden City. Students here study at our lovely, self-contained campus. They have easier access to the main library, administrative offices, and faculty/courses outside of Educational Technology. Our Manhattan center, located on the Soho/Tribeca border offers easy access to many cutting edge uses of educational technology, whether in new tech start-ups, other universities, world class museums, or innovative NYC schools (such as the izone schools.

      Students enrolling at Manhattan pay lower tuition rates.

  • How much does the M.A. cost?

    • The total cost of the M.A. will include tuition, university fees, books, other supplies, etc. The largest cost, though, is tuition.

  • Do you offer courses online?

    • Yes. Typically, each semester there will be one fully online course and one hybrid/blended course offered. The full degree is not offered online at this time.

  • Do you offer courses on weekends?

    • Not at this time. Courses that meet in person (see online courses, above), typically meet once a week, on a Monday-Thursday in the afternoon or evening.

  • Do you offer courses in the summer?

    • The core program is designed to be taken during the regular academic year. There may be special topics course(s) offered during the summer sessions that are chosen based on the interest and needs of students who are enrolled.

  • Do you accept international students?

    • Absolutely. We welcome the diverse views international students provide.
  • What TOEFL score do I need?

    • Students whose native language is other than English must submit official TOEFL scores or must have successfully completed ELS Level 112 of English for Academic Purposes. For the TOEFL, a minimum score of 80 is required. See the FAQ for international admissions.
  • Do I need to take the GRE?

    • No. We do not consider GRE scores in our admissions process.
  • How long does it take to do the Master of Arts?

    • The degree is designed for full time students to complete it in 3 semesters. We also accept a limited number of part-time students, who typically complete the degree in 5 or 6 semesters.

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