Education Technologies and Emerging Media FAQ

Why choose Canisius' online education technologies and emerging media program?

  • Learn how to use innovative technology tools to enhance and enrich learning.
  • Canisius' School of Education and Human Services is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
  • Fully online
  • 8 week classes
  • Practicum requirements for those seeking New York State (NYS) certification can be completed locally at an approved site.

How long will it take to complete the program?

For students taking two courses every 8 weeks, the program can be completed in as little as 15 months. See page 2 of the Degree Requirement Summary for course sequence information.

Who are the faculty in this new program?

We are proud to have faculty who are at the cutting edge of education technologies, are professional educators, and who are currently in the classroom.  Please visit our Meet the Faculty page for more information.

How much does the program cost?

For more information on tuition fees, click here.  Information about financial aid can be found here.

What undergraduate background is expected in the applicant? 

If seeking New York State certification, any certification is acceptable.  The certification as an Education Technology Specialist in New York State is a K-12 certification. For the non-certification masters or certificate, any undergraduate degree is acceptable.  For all applicants, it's important to note that the program is designed to be relevant to your work-no matter what it may be. 

What is the minimum GPA required for acceptance into the program?

Most candidates have a minimum GPA of 3.0 from their undergraduate studies. GPA’s below 3.0 will be reviewed by admission staff and program faculty to determine status.

Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?

For candidates who already possess an initial teaching certification and are pursuing entrance into a professional certification MS program, a standardized test score is only required if the undergraduate GPA is below 3.0. 

For candidates pursuing entrance into an initial certification teaching program, a standardized test score is required.  Candidates may take the GRE, MAT, or a different standardized test with prior approval from admissions staff. Contact admissions staff with questions.

What kind of student succeeds in a fully online program? 

Eight week terms allow you to complete the program at an accelerated pace but also require commitment during the scheduled course dates. If you would like to know more about readiness, visit our Readiness for Online Learning Page.

Will I need to come to Buffalo, NY to complete the program?

The program can be completed entirely online. Practicum requirements may be completed in your local area. Students are not required to come on campus.

How will I take the online classes?

Canisius College uses an instructional program called "Desire to Learn" (D2L) for its online courses. Participants in the program will use D2L and email to complete course assignments and to communicate with classmates and faculty. To learn more about what it is like to take an online course, click here.

Once registered for my courses, how do I get started?

You will use the Canisius Desire to Learn Learning System, located on the Canisius College Web site, to get instructions for each of your courses of study. Once registered, simply use your username and password to log in to the D2L site. Once logged in, you will see a listing of your registered courses. You can get course information, including textbooks needed for the course. You should also use your username and password to check your Canisius email account for an email from your professor with course information, including the first assignment and textbook purchase information. If any additional resources are needed (e.g. DVDs), the college will mail them to you once you are registered. 

How do I purchase books for my courses?

Books may be purchased online from the Canisius Bookstore. When selecting textbooks, make sure to select "PEG" for the "Select Your Department" drop down box and your enrolled section ("ONL" or "WEB") for the "Select Your Section" drop down box.

How do I apply?

You can complete a graduate application for the School of Education and Human Services online for free. We recommend that you submit all application materials at least 30 days before your desired start date.