Frequently Asked Questions

1. I have not heard of Framingham State University, where is it located?

2. What are the admission requirements?

3. When does one apply to the program?

4. How many courses can be taken before being officially admitted to the program?

5. Is this program considered part time or full time? 

6. Does the program accept a foreign undergraduate degree?

7. Is this an online degree program?

8. Is financial aid available for this program?

9. Does the program allow for transfer credit?

10. Are there library resources available for this program?

11. Is the GRE required for the graduate program I am interested in?

12. What is the timing of the program?

13. Can one travel to another program site to take additional courses?

14. After beginning the program, how does one request an official transcript from Framingham State University?

15. When would my graduation date be?

16. Can I order merchandise from the Framingham State University Bookstore?

17. Does this program hold accreditation?

18. Can I receive teacher licensure in Massachusetts after completing this program?

19. Should my Portfolio be single spaced or double spaced?

 

If your question does not appear above or for further information, email the International Education Center at cedronecenter@framingham.edu or call 508-626-4964.

 

1. I have not heard of Framingham State University, where is it located?

Framingham State University is the first public college for the education of teachers in the United States and is located 20 miles west of Boston, Massachusetts.

 

2. What are the admission requirements?

Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education and submit an official copy of their undergraduate transcripts. Two letters of recommendation are required.  Those recommending the student should attach recommendation letter to the cover sheet.   One letter must be from an employer or supervisor, and the other letter can be from a colleague or faculty member who has taught the candidate at the collegiate level (if candidate has attended classes in the last five years). Also required is a 500-word typed essay on the applicant's philosophy of teaching and education and an updated resume.  International graduate applications are available from the site coordinator or may be downloaded from this web site. One must mail in the application form and all related documents, online applications are not accepted for the International Program.

Acrobat Reader is required to open the graduate application. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, you may download a free copy from Adobe.com.

3. When does one apply to the program?

Generally, one would apply at the beginning of a program cycle. The program is designed to offer one complete program cycle at a designated site. If there is further interest at a location to continue the program, a new cycle would begin.

 

4. How many courses can be taken before being officially admitted to the program?

Students are allowed to enroll in no more than two courses before formal admission to the graduate program. Courses taken before admission must be completion with a grade of B- or better.

 

5. Is this program considered part time or full time? 

Sites that offer two courses a semester are considered part time.  Sites that offer three courses a semester are considered full time.

 

6. Does the program accept a foreign undergraduate degree?

An applicant with a foreign degree must submit official transcripts to an accredited evaluation agency. Course by Course Evaluation required. Please see approved list of Credentials Evaluation Services.

 

 

7. Is this an online degree program?

 No. The courses are held in a hybrid format.  About 4 weeks prior to the on-site part of the course, you would start working on pre-course assignments.  Then the instructor travels to the site to teach for 40 contact hours in the classroom.

 

8. Is financial aid available for this program?

Our program is brought in with the help of a nonprofit agency at a very reduced cost. There is no further financial aid available for our program.

 

9. Does the program allow for transfer credit?

A maximum of two graduate level courses, completed with a grade of B- or better, may be transferred into the program with prior approval of the International Education Graduate Committee. The student must be able to show, on an official transcript, that each course was taken for 3 or 4 semester hours of graduate credit, taken within the last five years and received a grade of B- or better. From the course catalog of that institution, the course description should closely parallel the course description of the same course at Framingham State University. Official transcript and course description should be submitted with program application. Professional Development courses, even at the graduate level, will not be accepted in transfer toward a master’s degree. Transfer credit will not be given for life experiences, noncredit activities, or professional development experiences.

10. Are there library resources available for this program?

Matriculated graduate students are able to access the electronic holdings of the Whittemore Library at Framingham State University. Further details on this procedure, including appropriate passwords will be given to students upon admittance

 

For your convenience, the library link is provided under Quick Links so you can access the library from anywhere within the web site.

 

11. Is the GRE required for the graduate program I am interested in?

 The M.Ed. with a concentration in Special Education is the only program that requires the GRE.  If one holds a previous Master’s level degree, the GRE may be waived.

 

12. What is the timing of the program?

The degree program normally offers four courses annually to coincide with administrative school vacation periods. However, in some locations the program is offered in an afterschool format during the school year.  Most degree cycles are completed within two years. However, the Hanyang University site is unique in that the program is completed in one year by compulsory attendance at intense courses over 20 weekends.

13. Can one travel to another program site to take additional courses?

Once you are a matriculated student, you can take a course at another program site only if you missed a course when it was offered at your host site. Most sites are able to accommodate this arrangement provided their classes are not full. It is the student’s responsibility to pay for all travel related costs to another site.

 

14. After beginning the program, how does one request an official transcript from Framingham State University?

In order to request a transcript please submit the request in writing to the Registrar’s Office at Framingham State University. The cost is $3.00 per copy. Check or money order is made payable to: Framingham State University. Transcripts may also be ordered online.

On myFramingham, there is a box for on-line services.  You would select on-line services, and then Academic Records, and from the drop down menu, you would request printed transcript.  It will then take you to the on-line order system for transcript.  You would complete the information.  Part of the process is you have to fax back to the Registrar’s office an authorization form that is on this website.  The cost is $3.00 for one copy, and payment is done by credit card.

You can also access transcript orders through the website:    

 

15. When would my graduation date be?

Degrees are conferred in August, December and May of each academic year.

 

16. Can I order merchandise from the Framingham State University Bookstore?

College items can be purchased from the bookstore. For your convenience, the bookstore link is provided under Quick Links so you can access the bookstore from anywhere within the web site.

17. Does this program hold accreditation?

Framingham State University is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).  The program courses are also recognized and sanctioned by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges.

 

18. Can I receive teacher licensure in Massachusetts after completing this program?

The programs come with no attachment such as licensure. The programs have been designed for educators working or teaching abroad. Framingham State University has never submitted these programs to the Massachusetts Department of Education for State approval leading to licensure in Massachusetts as this is not the intent of our international programs.

Teacher licensure in the United States is complex and varies from State to State. One should consult the Department of Education in the State in which you are seeking licensure for complete details. Please see listing of each State’s Department of Education for information.

 

19. Should my Portfolio be single spaced or double spaced?

When completing the Summary of each course, single spaced documents should be 1 page and double spaced documents should be 2 pages.