Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes we do! We offer three 100% web-based, comprehensive online graduate programs. These programs allow you to work on your advanced degree at your own schedule and unless you plan on walking across the stage for graduation, you will never need to physically come to Lock Haven University. These programs are:
The M.Ed. programs are offered only online. The Master of Health Science: Physician Assistant Program must be completed at one of our four campus locations (Main Campus: Lock Haven, Clearfield Campus: Clearfield, Charles Cole Hospital: Coudersport, or Dixon University Center: Harrisburg).
You can start the Master of Education Programs in Alternative Education or Teaching and Learning any semester (fall, spring or summer). The Educational Leadership Program has only two start times (Fall and Spring). The Master of Health: Physician Assistant program has only one start time and that is the third Monday in May of each year. Fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks long and we offer two, five-week condensed summer sessions.
The M.Ed. programs share the same admissions processes. they require and application, official undergraduate transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample and a copy of the candidates teaching certificate if one is possessed. The Educational Leadership Program requires all the above plus a letter of intent to earn principal certification. The MHS: PA program has separate admissions processes. For more information on the admissions process for any programs visit our website at: Admissions Procedures
In the M.Ed. programs you can but not in the MHS:PA program. Students in the M.Ed. programs can register for up to three courses (9 credits) as non-degree seeking student through our Non-Degree Registration Process and have those courses automatically transfer to degree seeking status upon official enrollment in a program. These courses can also be transferred to other programs. Note: Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid.
The M.Ed. programs are not cohort based. Students can change the number of courses they take by semester. Students in the M.Ed. programs must have 7 years in which to complete their program of study. The PA program is a 2 year lock-step program. All students in the PA program enter and complete the program on the same two year cycle.
Yes, students must complete their course of study in 7 years.
Students must have access to the internet; while high speed access is preferred students can access the course on dial-up connections. In addition, students need only simple word processing software.
All class materials can be purchased online through the LHU bookstore or any other online supplier that students would choose. No course material must be purchased prior to the start of any class.
No, unfortunately it will not. Our Master of Education programs do not award teacher certification. However, the M.Ed. programs can prepare you for the National Board Certification exam. The M.Ed. And MLA programs are not cohort based. Students can register for between one and three classes during the fall and spring semesters and up to two classes in each of the summer sessions.
Students with existing teacher certification may obtain Early Childhood Certification through the Early Childhood Education Concentration Courses. Click here for more information
Teacher certification is required for the Educational Leadership Program but is not a requirement for admission into the other M.Ed. programs. Candidates that possess teacher certification will be asked to submit a copy during the admissions process but teacher certification is not required.
Yes, financial aid is available to students enrolled in all of our graduate programs. Students in the M.Ed. Teaching and Learning and Alternative Education programs must take at least one course per semester to remain eligible for financial aid. M.Ed. Educational Leadership students must take a minimum of 2 courses each semester to remain eligible. Students enrolled in any of our graduate programs may be eligible to defer any outstanding student loans while actively participating in graduate study. For more information: click here
Yes. Graduate Assistantships are available for graduate students studying full time. To be eligible students must be officially enrolled in a graduate program and have earned at least a 3.0 undergraduate grade point average. For more information visit our website at: Graduate Assistantships
Yes. All of our M.Ed. programs are certified to provide Act 48 credits.
Yes. We do not have a specific undergraduate degree requirement for admission to our graduate programs. Candidates for the Educational Leadership Program must posess a PA Teaching Certification and at least three years of in service teaching experience.
Student need only to have access to the internet. They are given a course login and password. Students connect to the course website, login, and enter their class. Students are provided an LHU Email address that is used for all official communcation with the institution.