Most of our graduate students are part-time, continuing teaching and other careers while earning their Master of Education degree. However, there are benefits to full-time study, and possibilities of leaves of absence and financially-supported study leaves that teachers and other workers may access.
Some of the benefits are:
- graduate fellowships of $5000, each for two years, available during all three semesters and possibly available (pro-rated) for one semester
- graduate assistantships of $750 or $1500 per semester to assist faculty members with research and teaching activities
- other grad assistantships and research fellowships (GradSWEP, professors' funded research projects, conference organizing, etc.)
- opportunity to apply for other University and external awards, scholarships, and fellowships (not available for part-time study)
- opportunity for intense study
- being part of an on-campus community of scholars
- opportunity to serve on Faculty committees and participate in grad student organizations
- expedited graduation (often leading to promotion, new career possibilities, and increased earnings)
- access to a fuller array of courses
- face-to-face advising and work with professors
- possibilities of special 'reading' courses
- access to a grad office (shared), computers and printer (in grad office and Ed-5011), mail box, and grad lounge/lunch room (Ed-5027).
As much as possible, we try to provide ALL students, whether part-time or full-time, whether on campus or at a distance with quality programs and excellent opportunities. However, several university policies and other realities make full-time study an option worthy of consideration.