Below are some common questions we receive, but we realize that many students have individual questions about their personal career goals and licensure. We are happy to connect any prospective students with questions of this nature to WNE Department Chairs who offer additional information and advice. Please contact an Enrollment Representative for details at (877) 704-5366.

Q: Does this program lead to licensure?
A: This program is appropriate for already licensed teachers. It is also a fit for non-licensed educators who do not intend to teach in a K-12 public classroom. The program does not confer any advanced teaching licenses or provisional licensure.
Q: Will I be able to apply this degree towards pursuing further educational licensure?
A: Western New England University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Our alumni have had no issues obtaining the next level of professional licensure available to them after graduation.
Q: How do I go satisfy the Massachusetts English Language Learners (ELL) requirement?
A: Any licensed teacher should speak with their school district directly on this issue, as it’s very likely they offer a course meant to help licensed educators meet the ELL Criteria. Currently no academic institution in the state of Massachusetts has permission to offer the required ELL licensure course.

However, starting June 9, 2014, the newly developed Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) test will be implemented as a computer-based test. Registration for the SEI test will be available on May 7, 2014. To register, go to the Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) program website, http://www.mtel.nesinc.com, and select “Register Now” from the top navigation. Preparatory materials for the exam are also available here.

Q: Do I have to be a licensed teacher to enroll in this program?
A: While the program is not designed to satisfy initial licensure requirements, it does still provide a thorough, expert examination of curriculum development that can help those that serve as unlicensed educators, or those working at private institutions develop a deeper understanding of the teaching /learning process. This program primarily attracts licensed teachers, but it is also a fit for educators who teach in places other than a K-12 public classroom such as: community college educators, educators in applied fields other than education (nutrition, for example), and educators in non-traditional settings (hospitals, prisons etc.).
Q: How often do I need to log in to my course each week?
A: It is recommended that you log in to your online classroom on a daily basis. At a minimum, you should log in to your online classroom at least three times per week. If you do not, you risk falling behind.
Q: Do I have to log in at specific times of the day?
A: No. The coursework is 100% asynchronous, meaning that there are no set meeting times unless special arrangements are made with the instructor.
Q: What is the lecture format?
A: Many courses have video or audio components. All courses utilize discussion boards.
Q: Are there group projects involved in the online programs?
A: Yes. In some courses, group projects are required and full details will be made available by your course instructor.
Q: Will I be required to complete a thesis at the end of my program?
A: No. The research course does have a research assignment.
Q: Will I be licensed with this program?
A: Please check with your individual state for licensure requirements.
Q: How quickly can I expect my instructor to answer any question I may have?
A: Your instructor should typically respond to your questions within 24 hours of receiving your message sent through Kodiak or email.
Q: If needed, am I allowed to take a break from the program?
A: Yes, you are able to take time off from your program. You have up to eight years to complete the program once you enroll in your first course.
Q: If I run into an issue with an online course is there anyone I can contact?
A: For assistance, contact: Steve Narmontas, snarmont@wne.edu: 413-782-1778, or Richard Pont, rpont@wne.edu: 413-782-1742, at the Educational Technology Center. For course specific questions, you can contact your professor.


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