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- What does this program cost?
- Can I get financial aid?
- I need a receipt for reimbursement. How can I get one?
- Are additional materials required for completing each course? If so, how can I obtain them?
- Can I submit my assignments electronically?
- Does this program require Internet access?
- I may need help using the Internet to access my online course materials. How can I learn more?
Penn State Policies
- What is accreditation, and why is it important?
- Can I receive a waiver for a course if I've taken a similar course elsewhere?
- Can I receive credit for life experience?
Learning at a Distance
- How will learning at a distance be different from taking courses on campus?
- How will I interact with my instructor and other students?
- How quickly should I expect responses from my instructor?
- What if my assignments get lost?
- Who may be a proctor for my exams?
- Will I have access to library resources?
- Will these courses appear as correspondence courses on my transcript?
- Can I drop a course once I've begun?
Costs to enroll in online MPS Art Education courses include charges for tuition and an information technology fee payable each semester. Most readings, course content, and technology will be linked and embedded resources within the courses. Some MPS Art Education courses will require that you purchase textbooks and related instructional materials. These items are not included in tuition, but must be purchased separately.
Because this is a World Campus program, students are charged at the base tuition no matter where they live. There is no out-of-state tuition charge.
Courses for the MPS in Art Education program offered through The World Campus per credit tuition is $644 (644 x 3-credits = $1,932). If just taking one three-credit course enrollees will also be assessed a $75 Information Technology Fee; if enrollment is between 5 and 9 credits, the technology fee is $164. Non-degree students must pay a $30 application fee if they are not already enrolled at Penn State. In applying to the MPS program there is a degree application fee as well.
Some school districts reimburse graduate classes at a rate of $300 per credit hour, up to 12 credits per calendar year. This reimbursement typically happens after an "A" grade is earned. Most school districts have a form that must be filled out and approved prior to enrolling in the course. The teacher typically pays the tuition out of pocket and is reimbursed at the end of the semester upon earning an "A" grade. Act 48 credits are slightly different. Graduate credits suffice for the requirements of the PA Professional II certificate and they count toward salary advancement. Act 48 credits do not count toward salary advancement.
Penn State art education doctoral student, Elizabeth Andrews, describes that she has received a TAP grant to support rural art educators in Pennsylvania, and she is supportive to allocate from this TAP grant for funding to art teachers in PA. The grant funding is intended to spend on teacher / administrator / artist professional development. If you would like information on the TAP grant intended to support PA teacher / administrator / artist professional development please contact Elizabeth Andrews at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Financial aid eligibility for World Campus degree students is possible within stringent parameters. For more information, contact a World Campus adviser at 800-252-3592 (814-865-5403 for local and international calls) or visit the Office of Student Aid.
Contact the staff at the World Campus, provide identification, and request that a receipt be sent to you.
Penn State World Campus
128 Outreach Building
University Park PA 16802
Phone: 800-252-3592 (814-865-5403 local and international)
Readings, course content, and technology will be linked and embedded resources within most courses. Some courses may require that you purchase textbooks and related instructional materials. These items are not included in the tuition but must be purchased separately from MBS Direct, an online bookstore located in Columbia, Missouri. Textbooks may be available from other vendors as well, but if you purchase your materials from a source other than MBS Direct, please make sure prior to your purchase that you are obtaining the exact edition and ISBN number of the text required for successful course completion.
The Graduate School of the Pennsylvania State University requires a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 for work done at the University for graduation and to maintain good academic standing. Accordingly, in order to earn a Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Art Education, students are required to have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 and have completed 30 credits.
The speed at which you complete the master's degree is dependent upon the number of courses you take each semester, but limited by the number of courses offered each semester. The MPS Art Education degree can be completed in three years. If you choose to study at an accelerated pace, taking additional courses during the summer term, you can complete the program in two years with prior advisement from a MPS program faculty member.
All requirements for a master's degree (including acceptance of a professional paper or research project report) must be met within eight years of admission to degree status. Moreover, students are expected at all times to make satisfactory academic progress (i.e. maintaining an overall 3.0 GPA and passing grades in each course) towards meeting degree or certificate requirements.
Yes, in fact, electronic submission or posting of responses to assignments is required. The built-in discussion forums and e-mail systems in the courses allow you to attach electronic files.
Yes, this program requires Internet access for activities, assignments, and communication tools. The course content in the program is available in PDF format on each course Web site as well, so you have the option of printing the content.
The World Campus has provided you with 2 great resources—training in the form of the free course "World Campus 101" and technical support via the World Campus HelpDesk, a resource available by phone (800-252-3592, option 4, 814-865-0047 for local or international calls), e-mail, or real-time chat.
Penn State Policies
Accreditation is a national system of monitoring the quality of credits you receive from an institution of higher education. Because Penn State is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, our courses are accepted for transfer by most other colleges and universities. If you are enrolled in a specific program at another institution and you are hoping to transfer one of our courses into it, you should check first with the other institution to make sure that the credits will transfer.
In addition, the Master in Professional Studies in Art Education is situated in the School of Visual Arts, which is accredited by the National Association of Art & Design (NASAD). The Penn State Art Education program is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Your education will be recognizable and highly regarded anywhere in the nation.
Based on evidence of successful completion and earned credits at other academic institutions, certain program electives may be waived with prior approval by a departmental advisor. If an elective course is waived with advanced departmental advisor approval, an appropriate Penn State elective course will be substituted.
No. However please note that participation in the MPS in Art Education program, which is intended for location-bound adult professional art educators working at various sites throughout the world, sharing of life experiences will contribute to the overall learning community of art educators participating within the MPS program.
Learning at a Distance
While it is true that your distance education courses will take place in a different kind of environment than that of a typical face-to-face course, in many ways your courses will be similar to on-campus instruction, with an instructor, other students, and course materials. But the courses themselves allow more flexibility than face-to-face classes.
Three study habits will maximize your success in your online class:
- Devote sufficient time and effort. Schedule several blocks of time during each week to work on project assignments, and to read and contribute to discussions.
- Communicate effectively. Post succinct, specific questions and comments with informative subject lines. Whenever appropriate, share questions and comments with the entire class (through text commenting or discussion forums) rather than using private email. Read others’ questions and comments and replies.
- Approach learning reflectively.
You will be part of a group of students in each course in this program, with all students starting and ending each course at the same time. At Penn State World Campus we use a variety of means to bring students and instructors together, including:asynchronous electronic threaded discussions on the course Web site
asynchronous bookmarking, annotations and highlighting website text, and post-it note commentary on websites
synchronous sessions (chat, NetMeeting, avatars in virtual world field trips)
When you take a course in a traditional, face-to-face classroom, you can ask a question of your professor and receive an immediate response. Distance education makes this process a little trickier. Students can still comment, share ideas, and ask questions of their instructors with ease through e-mail, telephone, or other means—but often the responses are not immediate. Instructors are not sitting next to their telephones or computers, waiting for questions to come through. However, they are available on a regular basis and are able to respond to their students in a timely manner.
Similar to face-to-face courses, instructors who teach online will communicate their availability for individual meetings and when to expect responses to your questions and feedback. Each MPS Art Education course has an open-ended discussion board to post questions and comments that instructors check regularly, and is also used to encourage student interaction.
When submitting your assignments electronically you should always keep a copy. If you are preparing assignments on a computer, it is fairly easy to keep an electronic copy on either your hard drive or a portable drive.
Refer to "Taking Exams and Securing a Suitable Proctor." People such as principals, teachers, guidance counselors, and librarians are qualified to administer exams, though you will need to send some specific documentation to the World Campus office to get a proctor approved before your exam will be sent to that person. Mentors are not acceptable proctors for exams. Please note that most courses in the MPS Art Education program do not require proctored exams.
Many of Penn State's library resources can be used from a distance. As a registered University Libraries user, you can use the Web to:
- search for journal articles (many are even immediately available in full-text)
- request articles that aren't available in full-text and have them delivered electronically
- borrow books and other materials and have them delivered to your doorstep
- access materials that your instructor has put on Electronic Reserve
- talk to reference librarians in real time using chat, phone, and e-mail
No distinction will be made on your official Penn State transcript that your courses were completed at a distance. The credits you receive are exactly the same as those awarded to on-campus students. Penn State values distance education as highly as it does resident instruction.
Yes, it is possible to drop a course. Procedures vary slightly, depending on your student status and the course time frame. All partner-sponsored students must communicate their desire to drop a course to both their institutional contact and Penn State. For specific procedures regarding dropping a course, see the student policies page.