Overseas Summer Cohort

SUMMER 2018 Dates
NUI Galway, Galway Ireland
June 24 – July 20, 2018

(Opening reception is June 24, last day of class is July 20th. We recommend that you book departure flights on June 23rd and return flights should be booked for July 21st.)

Summer 2018 Overseas Reservation Form 


What is the Overseas Summer Cohort Program?

Every summer, MSU students pursuing the MAET degree and/or the Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology have the option to enroll in our exciting overseas summer cohort program. Together, the three cohort experiences comprise 9 of the 10 courses required for the MAET degree.

How is the Overseas Summer Cohort Structured?

Year 1 Cohort:

Foundational Skills and Mindsets for Technology Integration in Classrooms

3 courses, 9 credits: CEP 810, CEP 811, CEP 812

To get a sense of learning experiences typical of the Year 1 Cohort, please explore prior years’ Year 1 Cohort course pages.

Year 2 Cohort:

Leadership, Advanced Theories of Learning and Technology Integration in Educational Settings

3 courses, 9 credits: CEP 800, CEP 815, CEP 822

Students in the second year cohort design, coordinate, and run a day-long educational technology conference, write a research paper about learning processes and conduct research. To get a sense of learning experiences typical of the Year 2 Cohort, please explore prior years’ Year 2 Cohort course pages.

Year 3 Cohort: Creativity and Design

3 courses, 9 credits: CEP 807, CEP 817, CEP 818

Students in the third year cohort focus on the interactions of learning, digital tools and creativity. Using the book Sparks of Genius (Root-Bernstein & Root-Bernstein, 2001) as their guide, students explore ways to integrate creative uses of digital tools into their work as educators. They also focus on professional leadership, the nature of compelling learning experiences and ways to make compelling learning experiences for others. To get a sense of learning experiences typical of the Year 3 Cohort, please explore prior years’ Year 3 Cohort course pages.

MAET alumna Debbie McHorney created this welcome video to give you a taste of the MAET Overseas experience in Galway:

Why should I do it?

The Overseas summer cohort program appeals to innovative educators who thrive in a fast-paced environment, enjoy collaboration, and who crave an exciting (and dare we say, mind-blowing) professional learning experience for one, two or three summers in an overseas location.

This program works well for teachers who prefer face-to-face instruction, and who have a block of time for professional learning during a month in the summer.

Many of our Overseas students teach at International schools around the world, or teach in US Department of Defense Schools. Because our student body is global, instructional focus necessarily transcends discrete-level curricular focus. So, although Overseas summer students may teach in IB, AP, British, Canadian, American and/or Common Core focused schools, instruction in the overseas program focuses on core ideas and research that inform good learning, teaching and technology integration.

What do students say about our programs?

“MAET is a learning experience like no other. This program is about more than learning about technology in education. I learned more about educational theory and how to be a better educator through the classes and experiences MAET provided than in any previous educational experience. MAET inspired me to be a thoughtful, connected educator. Because of MAET I have the confidence, resources and knowledge to really make a difference in the lives of students.”

~Debbie McHorney, MAET ’16, Teacher on Special Assignment in Instructional Technology, Burbank, CA

“The MAET overseas cohort is a wonderful experience to work with teachers from all around the globe. The various backgrounds of your class members enrich the experience as you not only learn about technology, but about teaching in different settings. Building a network of colleagues to bounce ideas off and share challenges and celebrations with around the world is a great aspect of the overseas cohort. 

The courses have been very well designed to allow teachers from all different subject areas and levels to be able to apply the theoretical content to their own context. The assignments are open-ended and allow for each person to customize the final product based on their background. The instructors are there to really support you and help you get the most out of the courses. 

Outside of the class time, being in a foreign city is a gateway to explore other cultures and spaces. Being able to travel on weekends into the surrounding communities was a definite benefit of the experience.”

~Marcie Lewis, MAET ’14 Teacher, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

“I just finished my second year in the overseas cohort. I did the online portion for my first year. In the overseas cohort, I was able to bounce ideas off of other students for feedback and was able to assist others with their projects, which allowed for me to understand other viewpoints of the same project. I have been out of college for many years, the workload was harder than I remember, but I had to remind myself that it was a full course load in four weeks! Even though this was hard work, I plan on doing the overseas portion again next year.”

~Ryan Brown, MAET ’14, and Middle School Mathematics Teacher, Moscow, Russia

How much is it?

Costs for Summer 2018 are as follows (in USD):

Tuition – $726.50/credit hour x 9 credits = $6,538.50
Departmental Fee* – $172.25/credit hour x 9 credits = $1,550.25
Activity Fee – $200

Housing ** ~ ALL students automatically receive a $1000 housing scholarship
$1,450 – Double bed, ensuite ($450 after scholarship)
$1,400 – Single bed, ensuite ($400 after scholarship)
$1,350 – Double bed, shared bathroom ($350 after scholarship)
$1,300 – Single bed, shared bathroom ($300 after scholarship)

Total tuition + departmental fee + activity fee + housing cost = $8,588.75 – 8,738.75 (dependent on housing option) 

Meal Plan (optional): Meals will be served in a group cafeteria setting, Monday – Friday.
Breakfast $175
Lunch $210

*The departmental fee is assessed on a credit basis for the extensive service provided in making arrangements for the course.

** Each “apartment” has 4 rooms.  1 room has a double bed + ensuite.  1 room has a twin bed + ensuite and the other “suite” has a room with a double bed and a room with a single bed, joined by a bathroom with a shower.  For this shared “suite” there is a shared toilet separate from the shower.  Each apartment has a full kitchen and living room with a television.

How long will it take me?

You can complete the program in three summers (along with one online course.)

Students have 5 years to complete the MAET degree.  You may transfer one 3-credit course from an accredited institution into your MAET program plan.  Remember, your “academic clock” starts ticking with the date of the first course you apply to your program plan. (e.g. if you took the course in 2015, then, that’s when your “clock” starts ticking.)

Are you a MSU College of Education Teacher Education graduate? Find out more about how your Teacher Internship (TPP) Program courses can be used towards your degree.

How do I apply?

A limited number of spots are available for our popular overseas study program. To reserve a spot in the summer cohort, please fill out the Summer 2018 Reservation Form.  This is not a guarantee of admission. The form does reserve a spot for you as you are applying to the program, however.

Students should apply to the Master of Arts in Educational Technology degree program.  Specify program code #2299 on your university application form. This is the special Overseas code for the MAET degree.

If you are an MSU Teaching Internship Graduate, please consult specific program planning options that may be uniquely available to you for overseas study. The GRE is not required to apply to the MAET degree program.