Students can usually earn up to 6 graduate credits before applying for matriculated status. In addition, students who have already earned a master’s degree, or who are seeking additional courses for professional development may earn Act 48 credits on a non-matriculated basis..
Applicants who have completed previous graduate work may, at the time they apply for admission, make a written request to transfer a maximum of six credits. To be acceptable in transfer, course(s) may not have been previously applied toward a graduate degree and they must provide a good “match” for Rosemont program requirements. Courses may not have been undertaken more than 5 years prior to the request for transfer and the student must have earned at least a “B” (3.0). Pass/Fail courses are not eligible for transfer.
Course selection for the fall, spring, and summer sessions must be made in consultation with the program advisor, either in person or by email. The design is “prescribed” (PDE requirements) so that courses sequentially flow based on the master plan. A minimum of twelve graduate credits per semester or six graduate credits per session is considered a full-time load during the fall, spring, and summer sessions.
Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program of study, who are pursuing the minimum of 4.5 credits each semester, are eligible to apply for tuition assistance in the form of federal direct loans. A limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantships are also available. (See additional info on Financial Aid website.) Rosemont offers several tuition management options that can spread your payments out over the course of your program (See Student Accounts Office.)
Because students may elect to undertake graduate study on a full-time or part-time basis, the amount of time required to complete all program requirements will vary. Students who pursue accelerated full-time study can usually complete their master’s degree in fifteen months. Commencement exercises are scheduled each year in May.
It’s a competitive market, however, over the next several years one million teachers in the U.S. could retire. Student enrollment is on the rise. An excess of 54 million students will comprise our schools by 2015 staffed by 3.1 million teachers.
Contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies at 610.527.0200 xt. 2958 or 1.888.2ROSEMONT and ask to speak directly with a Graduate Admissions Counselor who will be happy to set up an individualized appointment at your convenience. Please feel free to contact the program director at xt. 2322 with your questions or concerns.