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FAQs

ADMISSIONS

Q: How do I apply to a program?
A: All Professional Education programs have online applications. You can access the online application by visiting the program webpage and clicking on the blue “Apply” button to begin.

Q: Is there an application fee?
Professional Education applicants are not charged a fee when applying. Once admitted, participants will receive an invoice for the program tuition.

Q: What are your admissions requirements?
A: For most programs, proficiency in written English is required, and participants must be fluent in the English language to take an active part in group discussions. However, please note that some online programs are offered in Spanish. Each program may also have its own set of admissions criteria, which can be found on the program webpage.

Q: How do I know if you are still accepting applications for a program I want to attend?
A: Programs that are still accepting applications will have a blue “Apply” button located on the top right hand corner of the program webpage.

Q: How long does it take to process my application?
A: For rolling admissions programs in our PreK-12 portfolio, individual applicants are notified via email within one to three weeks from the date they apply. Our Harvard Institutes for Higher Education will provide you with notification information upon receipt of your application.

Q: When will I receive the program schedule?
A: Program start and end times are provided in official acceptance emails, and program schedules are available to all participants on the password-protected program website in the month prior to the program start date. If you need the start and end times of a program prior to applying, please contact us at ppe@gse.harvard.edu or 800-545-1849.

TEAM APPLICATIONS

Q: I am a Team Coordinator. Do I need to apply individually as well?
A: Team coordinators do not need to complete the additional application that is provided for team members.

Q: I am part of a team. When can I expect to receive acceptance notification?
A: Team applicants are notified of a decision via email within three weeks of the date by which all indicated team members have applied. Please note that team applications are not reviewed until every member has submitted their team member application form.

ONLINE APPLICATIONS

Q: I’m trying to apply for a program but the form isn’t letting me submit my short answer in the text box.
A: There is a 250 word limit on short answer submissions. We recommend that you shorten your answer if it exceeds this limit.

Q: Can I use my iPad/tablet to complete the application form?
A: Applications should be completed with a computer as some applicants have encountered issues in the past when using tablets or other devices. We also recommend using the most up-to-date version of Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

PAYMENT AND WITHDRAWALS

Q: Are there scholarships or financial aid available?
A: In support of continued learning and development, we have a limited pool of financial aid available to educators on a need and application basis for our Professional Education programs. To inquire about tuition assistance for our upcoming programs, please contact us at ppe@gse.harvard.edu or 800-545-1849.

Q: What is included in my program tuition?
A: Generally the program tuition covers the cost of instructional materials and light refreshments. Some programs may provide additional assistance. Please visit the program website for detailed information.

Q: When is payment due?
A: Payment is due within 30 days of acceptance and prior to program start. For our two-week online programs, payment is due upon registration and is non-refundable in the event of withdrawal at any time.

Q: What types of payment are accepted?
A: Payment can be made by check, electronic bank wire transfer, or credit card (American Express, MasterCard, or Visa). Detailed information regarding payment will be included with your invoice. Please note that payment is due by credit card at registration for all two week online programs.

Q: I have a question in regards to billing and payment and am already enrolled in the program. Whom should I contact?
A: If you have already enrolled in a program and you have confirmed that you plan to attend, please contact ppefinar@gse.harvard.edu with any questions regarding your payment.

Q: I can no longer attend a program/I wish to withdraw from this program. What do I do?
A: Please refer to our Refund and Withdrawal Policies page for information in regards to the refund process. All withdrawal requests should be emailed to ppe@gse.harvard.edu.

ABOUT THE PROGRAMS

Q: Are there graduate credit or Professional Development Points associated with HGSE Professional Education programs?
A: Professional Education programs do not provide graduate credit. Participants receive a certificate of participation and a letter confirming the amount of clock hours awarded during the program. We recommend that participants contact their institutions or school districts for information on how to convert clock hours to Professional Development Points (PDPs).

ON-CAMPUS PROGRAMS

Q: What hotel accommodations are available to me in Cambridge?
A: We work with local hotels in the area to provide participants with special rates for their stay in Cambridge and surrounding areas. While most of these hotels are within walking distance of campus, a complimentary shuttle service is offered for the hotel blocks that are further away. Additional information on booking these accommodations is provided once accepted participants have completed the online confirmation form.

Q: Where do the programs take place?
A: Most programs are held on the Harvard Graduate School of Education campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For some programs, other locations may include areas within the Harvard University campus or on-site school visits. Participants will be able to see individual program details on the program schedule for specific locations.

Q: Am I required to attend each session?
A: Full-time participation and preparation are required throughout programs; participants are expected to free themselves of all work obligations during the program. Less than full participation in a program could affect the amount of clock hours received.

Q: What is a typical day like in program?
A: The day-to-day schedule varies for each program, although full-day sessions begin before 9:00 a.m. and run until early evening. Participants will receive a detailed schedule prior to the start of the program.

TRANSPORTATION TO AND FROM HGSE

For detailed information about transportation to and from the Harvard Graduate School or Education, please visit the Directions to HGSE page.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Have more questions? Please contact our Admissions Team:
Email: ppe@gse.harvard.edu
Telephone: 1-800-545-1849 (International: +1-617-496-9139)


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