Southern New Hampshire University and Learners Edge collaborated to develop a new kind of education graduate degree and certificate rooted in constructivist learning contexts. These unique education programs aim to transform you personally and professionally. The experiences, its flexibility, and the program highlights differentiate themselves from any program on the market by empowering the educator and making learning accessible. Be part of a truly innovative and exciting experience at the culmination of your degree by presenting at our national Action Research Summer Symposium, collaborate with advisors unlike any other online program, and connect with Learners Edge instructors seven (7) days a week to build confidence in your daily practice.
Developed by education professionals, taught by passionate faculty, and powered by Learners Edge, both the Master of Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study provide true innovation in delivery, instruction, and dissemination unlike any other educator program in the world. SNHU and Learners Edge are passionate about providing educators pathways to reach their immediate goals, while delivering an unmatched level of educational excellence, versatility, and support to build your sustainable personal growth!
Step into a New Kind of Program:
Personal and Professional Transformation
- Leverage your strengths and choose from a cutting-edge array of over 45 course options to meet your program learning requirements.
- Decide your own pacing: Take courses every 8 or 16-weeks. This allows you the flexibility to finish in 1, 2, or 3 years.
- Online course access for anytime, anywhere learning.
- Core courses are self-paced with soft due dates so that you can plan your learning schedule and work fluidly within each academic term.
- Connect with the Learners Edge Content Team or your course instructor 7 days a week as you work towards meeting course outcomes.
- Build your action research with an advisor to best impact yourself and your classroom. The traditional Graduate Thesis is replaced with a self-designed inquiry into your professional practice through an Action Research series—fully supported by our Action Research Advisors.
Additional Program Information
Embedded, experiential, and innovative learning opportunities allow you to transform your professional practice. We believe that all learning needs to be flexible and creative in order to meet the unique needs of your particular school, organization, or professional group.
>> Apply any time and start your degree in Fall, Spring, or Summer.
>> Start your program with a Profile Seminar that’s designed to orient you to our learning model, course selection process, and constructivist philosophy that serves as the cornerstone of our programming.
>> All courses are online and accessible any time.
>> Self-pacing with ‘soft check-ins’ built within each course ensures you have flexibility in your busy schedule.
>> Meet your Academic Advisor in our Action Research series, and build something that enables you to transform your professional practice and learning environments. *M.Ed. only
>> Disseminate your research findings at our Action Research Summer Symposium and meet like-minded colleagues from around the nation. *M.Ed. only
Southern New Hampshire University’s Master of Education and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study are accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).
- 30 Credits from core courses you select in five Learning Strands
- 5 Credits from the Action Research Series
- 1 Credit in the beginning from the Profile Seminar
- 30 Credits from core courses you select in the five Learning Strands
- 1 Credit in the beginning from the Profile Seminar
The innovative SNHU and Learners Edge M.Ed. degree and Certificate programs allow you to select courses from five different Learning Strands. SNHU designed these strands to best address educator needs, and push the boundaries in delivering cutting edge educational content. Courses within these Strands have specific outcomes that relating back to each Learning Strand topic. Throughout your program, you’ll select and take two courses within each strand.
Course Offerings within the Strands of Learning
Curriculum & ManagementCourses within Curriculum & Management provide graduate students with the opportunity to explore innovative practices to maximize the learning experience of students.
Teaching & Instructional Technology
The Teaching & Instructional Technology strand allows for participants to gain a deeper understanding of the technological tools and implementation strategies available to enhance their practice through the integration of technology.
Assessment & Evaluation
This Learning Strand focuses on developing an array of assessment and evaluative practices that can be used in the classroom to support educators within their practice.
Leadership & Organization
Courses will explore both individual leadership changes and strategies for creating and leading systematic changes within your school.
Learning & Development
This strand contains courses that focus on the strategies, framework, and pedagogy that aligns to both learning and development theory.
LEARNERS EDGE is an organization unlike any other. They are founded by teachers and dedicated to learning, which makes them such an unbelievable and collaborative partner.
Learners Edge is passionately committed to providing fellow teachers with the kind of continuing education coursework, materials and tools that will help them succeed in the classroom and in their careers.
When teachers choose Learners Edge for continuing education, they will receive the training needed to reach their immediate goals, and an unmatched level of educational excellence, versatility, personal support and a long-term commitment to their professional development.
*Both programs are designed for in-service educators. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study is a post-masters program—prospective students should already have a Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
*You can check with your school or district official for applicability, and SNHU staff are happy to discuss the program(s) with your district representatives. SNHU is a private, non-profit university accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education. You may review further details on the acknowledgment waiver HERE.
*We accept applications throughout the year. Upon review of all required application materials, you can start one of three times during the year: Spring, Summer, or Fall. Once you're in, classes start every 8 or 16 weeks. It's up to you!
*The cost per credit is $355. The total cost for the Master of Education in partnership with Learners Edge costs $12,780. This includes up to $1,000 in flight and travel costs to participate in the national Action Research Summer Symposium for your capstone. The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies costs $11,005.
*Yes, financial aid is available for all qualified students in the M.Ed. Please reach out to LEstudent@snhu.edu for details upon applying.
*All courses are online, and instructed by expert faculty in their associated field. Most courses are self-paced with soft due dates. Your starting course will comprise of a Profile Seminar that introduces you to the program, sets expectations, and allows for you to select a flexible ‘pacing’ schedule to complete in 1, 2, or 3 years. You may select from a suite of available core courses within each of the five Learning Strands that meet your interests and program requirements. Two courses from each strand will be required for completion of the degree or the post-master's certificate.
Assignments in each course will range from reflection, discussion, application, and other exciting critical tasks. Each course will have an embedded reflection component that allows you to self-assess and grow towards meeting course and program outcomes. This design helps you map your transformation and inform your personal goals and professional practice.
*All courses are instructed by faculty with expertise in their associated subject matter. All courses in the programs require faculty to be reviewed and approved by both University and Learners Edge staff.
*The Profile Seminar introduces you to the program, sets expectations, and allows for you to select a flexible ‘pacing’ schedule to complete in 1, 2, or 3 years. This course is shorter in length than your core courses in the five strands and the Action Research series. It is designed to build your capacity and provide a platform to grow your personal and professional goals.
*The Summer Action Research Symposium is our culminating, national event designed to bring together like-minded educators from around the country to present their capstone projects. You will get the unique opportunity to review your colleagues’ capstone projects, as well as have your one capstone formally reviewed by peers and an evaluator. The Symposium is a highly motivating and exciting event that demonstrates all the incredible hard work that goes into impacting yourself and your classroom. We bet you've never done anything quite like this before!
*Yes, SNHU pays up to $1,000 of travel costs associated with your travel and hotel at the Summer Action Research Symposium.
*Yes, participation in the Symposium is mandatory at the culmination of your Master of Education conferral. Although students enrolled in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study do not develop an original action research capstone, we encourage them to join us as a professional learning experience if they can…it’s one of the most extraordinary educational experiences and we'd love to see everyone there!
*Faculty from Learners Edge and SNHU are available to you and will address your questions promptly. The Learners Edge Content Staff are available seven (7) days a week to meet your needs, and offer support of your learning experience.
*Your work will be presented to you in separate modules that build off of each other. Work within these modules are assessed based on the rubric provided to you within the syllabus. Additionally, at the end of your course, you will complete a Learning Progress form and two final reflections (one related to the specific course outcomes and the other related to the Program Outcomes). The Program Outcomes Reflection is not evaluated on a rubric, but is required for your ePortfolio.
*Your selection of program pacing is one of the more unique features of our program. In the Profile Seminar course (taken at the beginning of your degree or certificate program), you will select a scheduling pathway that best fits your busy life. You will have the option to select a pathway that leads to graduation in 1, 2, or 3 years. Don’t worry if you need to adjust as you go on—we all know life can sometimes change our plans. However, the pacing you select will help set your academic expectations, financial responsibilities, and help inform the faculty and advisors of your goals.
*Upon initial application, you will be enrolled into the Profile Seminar course, and you can pick your starting date in the near future. As a student, you will have the ability to select your courses multiple terms in advance if needed. However, we encourage you to plan accordingly with your career and family needs. The process for selecting courses will be explained in greater detail in your Profile Seminar. Rest assured that you will have exciting options available to you each and every term to best meet your programmatic requirements and professional passions.
*Due to the flexibility in the time you have to complete a course, it is easier to break this down by the type of course you are taking. The Profile Seminar contains activities and readings that should take 15 hours to complete. Any of the three-credit courses you select from within the Learning Strands have been designed to create an experience of approximately 45 to 60 hours worth of coursework.
The Action Research courses vary depending where you are in the process. Learning about the stages and philosophies behind Action Research provides a different amount of time commit from your individual researching or implementing the changes to your practices within your learning environment.
*Before signing up for any online course or program, it is important to consider whether you will be able to commit adequate time to your studies. An online course provides the participant with a lot of freedom and flexibility. Thus, you should also think about whether you bring the motivation, discipline, and time management skills that will be needed to thrive in this environment.
*You do not need to be a computer expert to succeed in an online course, but you do need to have some basic tools and skills and an open attitude. First, you’ll need access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection, preferably in a quiet place where you will be able to concentrate on asynchronous work. You should know how to perform basic functions on a computer, such as accessing the internet, downloading files, and installing new programs. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you should have an open attitude to learning in this exciting and evolving environment. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of help along the way!