Welcome to JHU: School of Education

New Student Blast #3

Newest Members of the JHU Family,

Welcome to your last new student blast before your programming officially begins with advising support and orientation. There is a lot to do to prepare before courses start at the end of August. Thanks in advance for reviewing this information carefully and ensuring you are ready to bring your best self to our work together.

Happy reading,


What's in this Newsletter?

1. Action Items for Today

2. Get to Know the Program Team: Part 2

3. Student Orientations

4. Planning Ahead: Calendar in Course-work

5. Planning Ahead: Calendar in Tuition Payments

6. Program Eligibility

7. Summer To Do List (read to the end to get to this gem)

8. Contact Info

Action Items for Today

1. Review the summer to do list & create your own list calendaring in time for action items
2. Make sure you have carefully read all three New Student Blasts

3. Join JHU SOE Social Media Sites to stay connected:

Get to Know the Program Team: Part 2

Liz McCreary, Assistant Director of Community

  • As the AD of Community, I work to ensure the candidate experience is meaningful and productive from the time candidates apply through graduation. This includes managing the advisor team, candidate communications and candidate support efforts.
  • Teaching is one of the hardest & most important jobs in the world, and I am honored to support teachers working to be better for their students every day. The potential of our children is unimaginable.

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite subject in school was geography. I loved the holistic approach to understanding people and the environment around the world and still do!
  • I once won first place in a hula hoop competition of 75 people. Definitely don't think I could still do it today...

Nick Vaught, Assistant Director of Curriculum

  • As the AD of Curriculum, I provide support and training for Instructors as well as review, revise, and write curriculum for our program.
  • I believe that through education we can create the society we wish to live in. While most of my work is “behind the scenes” the end results of my work can have a direct and positive impact on the outcome of a child, and in turn, the society we live in.

Fun Facts:

  • Favorite subject: I lived and breathed civics and government when I was in school.
  • I’ve run the hardest road half marathon in the country – the Blue Ridge Marathon – it was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. So many huge elevation changes!

Ann Coy, Recruitment Manager

  • As the recruitment manager, I work with Teach For America and TNTP regions across the country to share information about our program. I also advise a cohort of Baltimore Students.
  • I am passionate that teachers, particularly new teachers, need more support. I love being the messenger as I travel to different regions to share with teachers the opportunity that exists for them in our program.

Fun Fact:

  • Favorite subject: Recess! I didn't love school as a young student. But I loved playing soccer, and that free time was critical for me! As I grew up, I really came to love history thanks to some awesome teachers.
  • Just like in elementary school, I still love to be outdoors! I love to hike and ski. My husband and I honeymooned hiking to the Base Camp of Mt. Everest.

Student Orientations

There are two REQUIRED orientations to complete before you start your program in August.

1. MS in Education Orientation (2 hours) - this is the program specific orientation for all students. It covers the logistics of the program (tuition, registration, etc.) and provides an overview of all the structures in place so you can make the most of your time at JHU. You must complete the survey at the end to get course access. <Will become available June 1st>

2. SOE Student Orientation (2 hours) - this is the school-wide orientation for all students on how to use Blackboard, how to access SOE resources and how to make the most of learning in an online environment. You must pass the quiz at the end of the orientation to get course access. <Will become available once you register for courses after July 5th>

Plan time now to ensure you are able to maximize your learning from both orientations. The time you put in now will help dramatically in the future.

Plan Ahead: Calendar in Course-work

Online programs require a great deal of self-discipline. Give yourself a jump-start on the process by calendaring out work blocks throughout the fall.

Here are some timing hints to help with this process:

Question: How much time should I plan for coursework per week?

Answer: This will vary based on your course load per semester. Here are some general guidelines based on typical averages:

  • 1 credit course = 3 hours per week (1 hour reviewing resources, 2 hours creating work)
  • 2 credit course = 6 hours per week (2 hours reviewing resources, 4 hours creating work)
  • 3 credit course = 9 hours per week (3 hours reviewing resources, 6 hours creating work)

Question: What will the Fall 2016 semester look like?

Answer: You will take 5 credits in the fall - your first semester. One three credit course and two one credit courses. That's 3+3+9 = roughly 15 hours of coursework per week.

Question: When are assessments typically due?

Answer: The majority of your deadlines will be on Sunday night with initial discussion posts due on Wednesday night. We know teachers have busy schedules and weekends are often the best time to focus for long periods of time. That said, students that get the biggest bang for their buck are those that spread the work out over the week. Spreading the work out allows you to better anticipate questions, reach out to your instructors, revise multiple drafts of assessments and spend more time thinking about each topic.

Plan Ahead: Calendar in Tuition Deadlines

Planning for tuition payments ensures you are able to focus all your time and energy on your students and coursework. Plan ahead now so you don't find yourself dealing with finance related complications during your programming.

Your tuition rate is $760 per credit for the two year duration of your program plan.
  • If you take longer than two years to complete the program (which is totally fine), you will pay the current tuition rate once you pass the two year mark.
  • Registration fees are waived for the duration of your two-year program plan.

Portfolio and graduation are the only additional costs and they come during year 2.

  • The portfolio fee is $360. Fee is subject to change/vary based on coaching costs.
  • The graduation fee is $175.

To calculate your tuition at any given time, multiply the number of credits you are enrolled in by $760. I.e. for Fall 2016 it will be 5 credits x $760 = $3,800.

  • Course tuition is added to your account at the moment you register for that course.

Unpaid tuition triggers a financial hold on your account that will block you from registering and ordering transcripts. With this in mind, it's best to plan to pay off each semester's tuition prior to the next registration cycle.

Program Eligibility

As you've been accepted to the program, you met the bar for eligibility. That said, we know circumstances change over time and want to share a friendly reminder about what must be true for you to remain eligible.

Eligibility requirements:

1. You must be teaching.

  • You can live anywhere in the country or world.
  • You can be teaching in any type of school (private, charter, public, etc.).
  • You can teach in a grade level or subject that doesn't match your original TNTP or TFA placement.
  • If your situation changes at any time, you must alert your advisor as soon as possible.

2. You must be in good standing with your alternative certification partner (TFA or TNTP).

  • TNTP candidates - being accepted to the program means you have met the bar
  • TFA alumni - given your alumni status with TFA, you have met the bar
  • TFA current corps members - to remain eligible you must remain in good standing with TFA. If you lose your affiliation with TFA (aka you quit or are dismissed), you lose eligibility.

Summer To Do List

June (approximately 3 hours of items):

6/1 - Introduce yourself to your advisor & read all their correspondence (10 mins)

6/1 - Complete the MS in Education New Student Orientation <available from 6/1-8/30> (2 hours)

6/1 - Financial Aid priority deadline for Fall 2016 semester (as applicable)

6/15 - Review the MS in Ed Program Site to familiarize yourself with all program information and details <available from June through the entirety of your program> (30-45 mins)

6/24 - Registration instructions sent by the Program Team to your JHU EMAIL ADDRESS, review so you're ready when registration opens (10 mins)

July (approximately 3 hours of items):

7/5 - Fall registration opens <use directions sent from program on 6/24 to register> (20 mins)

7/5 - Complete the SOE Student Orientation <This will load to your Blackboard site once you register for courses. Your fall courses will not load to your site until you successfully complete the orientations.> (2 hours)

August (approximately 5 hours of items):

8/28 - Enrolled students that have completed the orientations will gain course access

8/30 - Fall registration closes

8/31 - Fall semester starts

8/31 - Introduce yourself to your instructors and classmates and enjoy the semester!

This is the last New Student Blast.

Advisor support will begin on June 1st. Keep your eyes out for an email from your advisor then and correspondence from us about orientation and registration.

Email us with any questions in the meantime.

All our best,

MS Ed Program Team

Contact Us

Our team is ready and willing to help as needed. Please don't hesitate to reach out!

TNTP students - please contact soe-tntp@jhu.edu

TFA students - please contact soe.tfa@jhu.edu