Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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License Renewal, Accreditation, and Approval of Courses

Are your graduate courses fully accredited?

YES!  Ed Technology Specialists offers graduate credit through Andrews University.  The School of Education’s Distance Learning Office at Andrews University offers 3-credit graduate courses for teachers that need to satisfy their Professional Development requirements.
Andrews University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Its teacher training and school services programs are further accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and by the State of Michigan Department of Education. As an example of Andrew's academic excellence, their undergraduate Teacher Education program has been designated by the Michigan Department of Education as an exemplary program several years in a row.  In addition, the high quality of the educational experience at Andrews is shown by its being selected for listing in the U.S. News and World Report's "Best Colleges."  Visit their site.

Are you an approved NYS sponsor of CTLE?

YES!  We are an approved Sponsor of Continuing Teacher and Leader Education, CTLE# 3286.

Will these courses count towards salary advancement (lane change) and/or license renewal in my state/district?

Our courses are fully accredited and are accepted as valid credit in most districts across the nation.  However, Ed Technology Specialists recommends that you check with your school district and/or state licensing agency to verify these course offerings will meet your district and/or state requirements for salary advancement and/or state certificate re-licensure.

Can NYC teachers take these courses?  Are they NYCDOE approved for P credits?

YES!  We offer NYC P Credit courses.  You must enroll with both Ed Technology Specialists and ASPDP (NYC DOE) by clicking the following links. You must enroll before the deadline prior to the start of the session. The link to the ASPDP (NYC DOE) is here. The link to enroll with Ed Technology Specialists is here.

Are these courses Pennsylvania Act 48 approved?

YES!  Our Graduate Courses are fully accredited and will fulfill Pennsylvania's Act 48 requirements.  Act 48 requires that collegiate courses be “related to an area of the professional educator’s assignment or certification.” (24 PS 12-1205.2(c)). PDE interprets this language to include many different types of courses, including:
"Courses or noncredit activities in the area of instructional technology that improve the educator’s capacity to deliver instruction in a 21st century learning environment through the use of computers, computer software or internet technology."
Please note that effective January 1, 2015, PDE began accepting electronic transcripts (eTranscripts) from out-of-state institutions of higher education for the purpose of documenting completion of Act 48 continuing professional education requirements. eTranscripts from out-of-state institutions are submitted to PDE via the following email address: ra-edact48etrscrpt@pa.gov
If you have specific questions regarding Act 48 please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Education at www.education.state.pa.us or 717-772-4944.


Registration, Tuition, and Special Offers

How do I register for a course?

To register for a course, navigate to the appropriate course page listing, find the course you would like to register for, and click the "register now" button next to the description. After you hit the "submit" button you will receive an automatic email with further directions on how to pay and begin the course.

I just registered for a course by submitting the form.  Now what?

Please pay for the course/courses from our secure checkout by clicking the "pay here" button next to the course description.  You may also click the "cart" button on the website menu.  In addition, when you hit the "submit" button you were sent an automatic email to your primary email address with further directions on how to begin the course. You will not be given access to the course until the first day of the session.

How do I pay for my course?

Please pay for the course/courses from our secure checkout by clicking the "pay here" button next to the course description.  You may also click the "cart/shop" button on the website menu.

When do courses start and end?

Our in-service non-graduate courses have four session dates:

Fall Session: October 5- December 15
Winter Session: January 20- March 30
Spring Session: April 10- June 20
Summer Session: July 5- August 20
We offer four sessions for our graduate courses as well.  The difference is, you have up to 2 sessions to complete a graduate course.  Most students typically complete the course within one session.  For instance, if you start in the January 20 session, you have until June 20 to complete the course.  Please note that grades will only be sent to Andrews University at the end of each session.  If a student finishes the coursework on April 30, grades aren't processed at Andrews until the end of that session, June 20.

Do you offer group discounts or discounted rates?

YES!  We offer both group discounts and other incentives for recommendations.  Please email mwalsh@edtechnologyspecialists.com for more information. 


Course Content, Structure, and Policies

What format/platform is used for your courses?

Our courses are online, asynchronous, with various interactive discussion boards.  Participants complete work at their own pace.  All of our courses are extremely engaging and require online collaboration between other participants in the course and with the teacher. In all of our courses, participants create work and share with other participants for authentic feedback.

What’s the difference between a course for graduate credit, and a course not for graduate credit?

Besides the obvious, the major difference is that our non-graduate courses are pass/fail, whereas our graduate courses contain exams and other graded work. Participants must achieve a passing final grade to achieve graduate credit.  Our graduate courses are fully accredited through Andrews University. Our non-graduate courses are approved for NYS CTLE hours.

Are your courses interactive and collaborative with other students and teachers enrolled in the course?

YES!  All of our courses are extremely engaging and require online collaboration between other participants in the course and with the teacher. In all of our courses, participants create work and share with other participants for authentic feedback.

How are grades determined?

For our graduate courses, participants are required to take various exams as well as electronically "turn in" authentic coursework. In addition, participation in online, interactive discussion boards is required.

What kind of feedback will I get from my instructor?

You will receive feedback on your work as you turn it in. In addition, instructors are readily available for online discussion throughout the course. Grades on exams are sent to students immediately.

How long do I have to complete a course?

Our in-service non-graduate courses have four session dates:
Fall Session: October 5- December 15
Winter Session: January 20- March 30
Spring Session: April 10- June 20
Summer Session: July 5- August 20

We offer four sessions for our graduate courses as well. The difference is, you have up to 6 months to complete a graduate course. Most students typically complete the course within one session. For instance, if they started in the January 20 session, they complete the course by March 30. Please note that grades will only be sent to Andrews University at the end of each session. If a student finishes the coursework on April 30, grades aren't processed at Andrews until the end of that session, June 20.

NYC students taking P-Credit courses have their own session dates.  Please see the ASPDP Website for dates and more information about NYC P-Credit classes.

Can I request an extension?

YES! Life happens. If you cannot complete the graduate coursework within 2 sessions, or the in-service within one, email your instructor. Extensions can be granted.


Transcripts and Grades

Do I need an official transcript to renew my license or apply for lane change/salary increase?

Ed Technology Specialists recommends that you check with your school district and/or state licensing agency to verify these course offerings will meet your district and/or state requirements for salary advancement and/or state certificate re-licensure.  Every state has different laws regarding license renewal. Furthermore, in some states (like NY) every school district has different rules regarding this. We suggest you review your state laws and your school districts' policies regarding this matter.

When will I receive my grade?

Students will be notified within a week of the last day of the session, from their instructor, what their final grade is.
For in-service/non-graduate students:
An official certificate of completion from Ed Technology Specialists will be sent to the participant within two weeks of the last day of the session.

For graduate students:

Four times a year, on or around the last day of each session, Andrews University receives students' grades.  Within about 2 weeks of that time, participants are notified that their official transcripts are ready.  Students can then request official transcripts from Andrews University if needed.  For more information on how to order official transcripts from Andrews University, click here.

For NYC students:

The ASPDP will inform you when you have officially received your P-Credits.  Please visit their website for more details.

How and when do I receive my official transcripts?

Four times a year, on or around the last day of each session, Andrews University receives students' grades.  Within about 2 weeks of that time, participants are notified that their official transcripts are ready.  Students can then request official transcripts from Andrews University if needed.  For more information on how to order official transcripts from Andrews University, click here. 

What is your Academic Integrity Policy?

Ed Technology Specialists maintains an academic integrity policy for all participants taking our courses. Work must be entirely one’s own; plagiarism of any kind is a violation of our policies. Participants may not copy any parts of another (present or past) participant and submit that work as their own. Participants are also barred from collaborating on any assessment that is intended to be completed individually, unless first getting permission from the instructor. Participants who fail to meet Ed Technology Specialists’ academic integrity standards will receive a failing grade for their course and may not be allowed to take further courses with Ed Technology Specialists. Ed Technology Specialists will not refund any course fees for participants who violate the academic integrity policy.

General

Why should I take courses with Ed Technology Specialists?

Our courses are legitimately some of the most valuable, worthwhile courses that are available for teachers today. You will not find any busy work, and you will never feel like you have wasted your money. Our instructors are among the most talented PD leaders in the nation. In addition, you should feel good about taking courses with us. A portion of your tuition goes directly to our supported charities.

Do you offer courses for non-graduate credit?

Yes. We offer in-service courses as well.

Do I get a certificate of completion for non-graduate courses?

Yes indeed. You will receive a certificate indicating that you have completed the course equivalent to 3 semester credits (45 hours) unless otherwise noted.

I want to become an instructor.  How do I apply?

We are always accepting applications and resumes. If you are interested in becoming part of our expanding team, please email M. Walsh at mwalsh@edtechnologyspecialists.com.

I have a question that wasn’t listed here.   How do I proceed?

Please email mwalsh@edtechnologyspecialists.com