FAQ

What is the MSE/English Education program?

The MSE program with an English Education emphasis is offered through a partnership between UW-Platteville and South Central University for Nationalities in Wuhan, China. Established in the year 2001, our program has been providing students in China with the opportunity to receive a high-quality American graduate education. 

The program consists of a sequence of 10, three-credit courses offered over a period of two years. Faculty from UW-Platteville travel to China to teach the on-site portion of each course. The syllabus, readings, assignments, and other course requirements are normally posted electronically in Desire2Learn prior to the on-site teaching. Assignments, papers, and projects which are not completed during the on-site portion of courses are typically submitted after faculty members have returned to UW-Platteville.

Students in the program who have completed their coursework through the third semester and who are in good academic standing (having achieved cumulative GPAs of 3.00 or higher) are invited to come to UW-Platteville to study on campus during their final semester.

Is the MSE/English program accredited by the Ministry of Education in China?

We are pleased to assert that this program is approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE42US1A20030375O), which manages the standards and quality of education in the People's Republic of China. UW-Platteville is an accredited American university.

What degree will I receive upon successful completion of the MSE/English Education program?

You will receive a Master of Science in Education degree with an emphasis in English education from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

How long will it take to complete the MSE/English Education program?

The program takes two years to complete.

How much will it cost to complete the MSE/English Education program?

The tuition for the MSEE program is very modestly priced when compared to the costs for any other English graduate programs in America. The tuition for the MSEE program is currently set at $9,250.00 per student and covers all costs for the entire two years (four semesters) of graduate studies. Students will pay half of the tuition prior to the first semester and the remainder at the beginning of the third semester. This price may be subject to change each year, depending on economic trends.

Students have the option to study on the UW-Platteville campus during their final semester. There will be additional costs for studying on the UW-Platteville campus.

When and where are the courses held?

The on-site portion of each course is held between normal semesters in the summer or winter on the South Central University for Nationalities campus, Wuhan. This allows students more flexibility in their schedules and for graduates to enter the job market as soon as possible.

The on-site portion of each course consists of 11 days of face-to-face instruction. Classes usually meet in the mornings (e.g., from 8:30 a.m. to noon). Occasionally, there may be meetings in early afternoons.

A summer course normally begins on a Monday. Below is the typical schedule of a summer course:

            Week 1: Monday-Saturday
            Week 2: Monday-Friday

Dates for a winter course are usually determined with the following factors being taken into consideration: the course instructor’s schedule, students’ schedules, and the start date of a spring semester at UW-Platteville.

What does a course usually require?

Given that a course meets for 11 days for face-to-face instruction, an instructor normally posts the syllabus, readings, assignments, and other course requirements electronically in Desire2Learn prior to the on-site instruction; he or she usually does not allow a student to miss more than one day of classes.

Students are expected to prepare for the course before class begins in Wuhan, complete assigned readings prior to class, participate in class activities and/or discussions, and finish most of assignments during the 11 days.

Students usually have one major paper or project due two to three months after the 11-day face-to-face instruction is over.

What assessment methods are commonly used by instructors of the MSE/English Education Program?

An instructor at UW-Platteville chooses to use a combination of assessment methods that he or she believes work best for his or her course. Assessment methods commonly used by instructors of the MSE/English Education program include but are not limited to the following: reaction papers, quizzes, homework, presentations, exams, research papers, and projects.

How will I benefit from the MSE/English Education program?

There are many benefits from earning a degree in the MSEE program through the University of Wisconsin-Platteville:

o Students in China receive the same benefits as all UW-Platteville students, including:

• Instruction by American professors in English
• A genuine degree from an accredited American university
• Access to UW-Platteville's Karrmann Library
• Free tutoring services from the Writing Center at UW-Platteville
• Option to live and study on the UW-Platteville campus

o The program is approved by the Ministry of Education (MOE42US1A20030375O), which manages the standards and quality of education in the People’s Republic of China.

o All coursework is located on the South Central University for Nationalities campus, Wuhan.

o Classes are held between normal semesters in the summer and winter, allowing students more flexibility in their schedules.

o Students will meet new friends and worthwhile contacts in the classroom.

o The program tuition is modestly priced when compared to other American graduate programs.

o Students have the option to study for one semester on the UW-Platteville campus. The students who choose to study on the UW-Platteville campus will be fully immersed in the English language and American culture with access to the following benefits:

• Face-to-face guidance from a seminar paper advisor
• Sitting in on two courses of choice
• Two conversation partners
• Two host families
• American roommate(s)
• Weekly seminars
• School visits
• Fieldtrips
• Free services provided by the Writing Center at UW-Platteville
• Free services provided by the Career Center at UW-Platteville
• Volunteer opportunities provided by the Confucius Constitute at UW-Platteville and other programs
• Campus events and activities (e.g., Distinguished Lecture)
• Receiving a certificate that certifies enrollment and undertaking graduate coursework while in residence on the UW-Platteville campus
• Attending the commencement ceremony

o The program takes two years to complete, allowing graduates to enter the job market as soon as possible.

o Graduates can apply for admissions to doctoral degree programs in other American universities without taking a TOEFL/IELTS test.

Where are your alumni now?

Twelve cohorts, a total of 328 students, have successfully graduated from our program. Our alumni are working in a wide range of sectors with a large proportion of them teaching English at the college level in China. Some alumni are pursuing another master's degree or a doctoral degree in English-speaking countries or teaching Chinese overseas at Confucius Institutes.

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