Designing Learning Experiences
The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Designing Learning Experiences is designed to provide students with the instructional design methodologies and skills, informed by learning science, needed to design effective online learning experiences.
All programs at the University of New England are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
Graduate Certificate in Designing learning experiences
This certificate provides students with the instructional design methodologies and skills, informed by learning science, needed to design effective online learning experiences including advanced elements of design.
|EDU 631 Transforming Curriculum for Online Learning||3|
|EDU 632 Enhancing Online Student Engagement||3|
|EDU 633 Assessment Approaches in Online Courses||3|
|EDU 635 Advanced Elements of Learning Experience Design||3|
Course Drop and Withdrawal Policy
The last date to drop a course with no record is the first day of course. Students who withdraw from a course must do so in writing (e-mail is acceptable) by the end of the fourth week of the course. Students will receive a “W” on their transcripts indicating withdrawal. Beyond the fourth week, at the faculty’s discretion, a “WP” or “WF” may be assigned if extenuating circumstances do not allow the student to complete his/her work. Be aware that no portion of the tuition will be refunded after the second week of the course.
Minimal Grade Point Average
Matriculated graduate students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or better. Failure to do so will result in academic probation and possible termination from the program. Any student receiving a grade below B- on any individual course has failed that course and must re-enroll and repeat the course to achieve a grade of B- or better. Students receiving a grade of F in any course will be immediately placed on academic probation. Any student who receives a grade of F in two courses is dismissed from the program.
Dismissal from the Program
Termination from the Program may occur when the Education Program Director becomes aware of one of the following:
- Surrender of a teacher license in any jurisdiction for disciplinary reasons.
- Documented academic dishonesty (Note this also includes course on-line postings and email communications with faculty and staff. Students are advised that their behavior while participating in the Program should exemplify the ethical behavior of a professional educator with respect to all communications.)
To complete the program and receive a Master of Science in Education, a student must:
- Complete all program requirements.
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
- Pay all tuition and fees.
Leave of Absence (Academic Stop Out)
Students may stop out of their program for up to two semesters. Students need to coordinate stop outs in advance with their assigned student support specialist, and stop out time is considered part of the time allotted to complete the academic program. Application for readmission is not necessary if the student returns as planned. However, the student who does not return at the specified time or who exceeds two semesters of stop out will be administratively withdrawn and will be subject to readmission procedures. Readmitted students are subject to the re-admittance term’s catalog (this may mean that policies and/or program requirements have been changed or updated since previous admission, and should be reviewed for potential impact on degree requirements, time to complete the degree, and degree planning).
Students who have withdrawn from the program, either self-initiated or administrative withdrawal, must reapply to the program if they wish to continue their studies. The application procedures, academic policies, and program requirements that are in effect at the time of readmission will apply.
Students who re-enroll following withdrawal will have their previous coursework evaluated for applicability to the existing academic requirements. Coursework that is more than five years old may not be accepted for credit in the program.
Students will learn to:
- Recognize and apply best practices in online course design, including designing for equity for all students and applying the principles of universal design for learning.
- Design and create effective technology-enabled online learning experiences.
- Evaluate and apply multiple strategies supporting virtual assessment.
- Determine favorable methods to engage online learners and construct courses that incorporate such methods.
- Analyze methods of providing meaningful feedback to online students.
- Address authentic online learning challenges by researching and implementing appropriate technologies and methods such as asynchronous video, emerging digital narrative forms, simulations, and gamification.
Upon acceptance, students may apply to transfer one, 3-credit course into the Graduate Certificate in Designing Learning Experiences.
To request consideration for transfer credit, a student must provide an official transcript and a course syllabus. Transfer credit is awarded at the discretion of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies based on specific program details listed below. Requests for approval of transfer credit should be submitted to, and will be granted at the discretion of, the Program Director.
- Be classified as graduate level.
- Be taken at a regionally accredited institution.
- Be worth 3 credits.
- Have been taken within five years of application.
- Have been completed with a grade of “B” or better.
- Be equivalent to one of the required program courses.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for subsequent years may vary. Other expenses include books. For more information regarding tuition and fees, please consult the Financial Information section of this catalog.
Detailed information and applications are available on request from the Financial Aid Office. Call (207) 602-2342 or visit the Financial Aid website.