Welcome to the M. Ed. and Graduate Certificate programs! Please bookmark this page and refer to it when trying to understand your program requirements and expectations; when planning for, and enrolling in, courses; and when seeking useful online resources from a variety of departments around JMU.

Graduate Catalog

Your Graduate Catalog is the one published for the year in which you began your program of study. Please review the academic policies and general regulations posted in your catalog. Academic records are audited by the Graduate School at program completion using the catalog - curricular requirements differ from year to year.

General Expectations

All graduate students whether M.Ed. with a concentration in Learning Design and Technology or Graduate Certificates are expected to:

  • Complete an initial portfolio in the LTLE 570 OP course. Students add artifacts and reflections to their portfolio every semester; and their progress is monitored by each instructor as they move through the program. In this way the portfolio is a developmental indicator of progress.
  • Purchase and maintain a subscription to Adobe CC software for students (look for discount); maintain access to Microsoft Office applications and SSLVPN software, provided free-of-charge by JMU Computing.
  • Adhere to the Student Dispositions Policy.
  • Refer to the advising email sent each semester, when making course registration decisions. 
  • Read, refer to, and understand the contents of their handbook in Canvas. Please visit the handbook for details and any other expectations.
Learners in the Graduate Learning Design and Technology programs (e-Learning certificate, Ed Tech certificate, M.Ed.) are expected to maintain a computer with the latest Windows operating system or MacOS that is new within the last 3 years, and capable of running the Adobe CC applications. Learners must have the rights to install and update applications on the computer, during and between class times. Learners are also expected to maintain consistent computer and Internet access. If computer specifications are needed, contact the program director or your academic advisor.

Course Enrollment Procedures

You will receive an advising email before each semester.

  • If you have not received advice for the next semester, please contact Dr. Bywater at
  • If you have already received enrollment advice, be sure to refer to it when enrolling in courses. 
  • Never enroll using MyMadison. 
  • All courses end with OP and are listed by semester in ‘Quick Links’ here
  • Once you’ve found the section you'd like to take, send the course code and a kind request to enroll in the course, to Ms. Theresa Jennings at

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Which courses are offered? Where can I find my course details and deadlines?
    See courses offered by visiting the Quick Links area at the bottom of the PCE website. Click the credit courses link for your semester. Type your course name in the search bar to find it.
  2. When can I register for classes?
    Course registration opens July 1 for fall semester, December 1 for spring semester, and April 15 for summer semester.
  3. How are courses delivered? 
    All courses and course materials are currently delivered in English in real-time using the Canvas learning management system. Courses are offered entirely online, typically from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm ET/EST/EDT on weekdays.

Important Online Resources

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