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Frequently Asked Questions
How do the flexible credit option courses work?
How would I register for the flexible course option?
Can I change my registration after the face-to-face class meetings?
What is the latest I can decide to enroll in the flexible credit option?
How will the guided classroom inquiry course be delivered?
What technology will I need to participate in the guided classroom inquiry course?
What are the benefits of the flexible credit option?
Can I audit a GPDE course?
ABOUT GPDE
Who can take GPDE courses?
What is the philosophy of the GPDE program?
Who teaches for the GPDE program?
Can courses be delivered at my school and/or in my town?
Where and when are courses delivered?
Can I use my courses as elective credits toward my master's degree program at Saint Mary's?
Can I use my courses as elective credits toward a degree at another university?
CONTACT
How do I contact the GPDE Program Office?
How do I contact financial aid, the business office, or the registrar's office?
COURSE INFORMATION
How do I find out more information about the course's starting date, location, and requirements?
How will I know if the course is confirmed?
How do I cancel my registration once I have registered for a course?
COURSE INFORMATION
What happens if my class is canceled?
What requirements are there for the course?
If my course requires a textbook, how do I get my textbook before my class begins?
FINANCIAL QUESTIONS
Can I register for GPDE courses is I have a past due account?
How and when do I pay for a course?
What is the tuition for graduate credit through the GPDE program?
Are there any additional fees or textbooks?
Can I receive financial aid for courses in the GPDE program?
REGISTERING
What happens if I can't find the course I want to register for on the GPDE registration site?
How do I register for courses?
What do I need to know about registering online?
What is the importance of providing an email address?
Why do I need to provide my most accessible email address?
TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS
What happens if I can't access information about my course on the GPDE website?
What happens if I get a message about not being able to access or complete the registration process?
What if I am having problems completing the course evaluation online?
How can I get tech help beyond the tech pointers provided?
Will my instructor see my comments and/or feedback on the course evaluation?
TRANSCRIPTS
How do I request a transcript?
When will I receive a grade from Saint Mary's?
Education Programs Program Policies Program Resources
About the Program Transcript Request F.A.Q.

How do the flexible credit option courses work?

You enroll in traditionally designed and delivered one-credit courses. Typically, there will be two full day, face-to-face class meetings.

After you complete the one credit course, you continue your guided classroom inquiry for an additional two semester credits. Students would work with the course instructor who will serve as the instructional coach.

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How would I register for the flexible course option?

If you know that you want to continue your inquiry from the one-credit course and continue with a three-semester credit course, then you will register for the designated section for the course. For example, instead of registering for GPDE 5116A for one credit, you would register for GPDE 5116B for three credits.

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Can I change my registration after the face-to-face class meetings?

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What is the latest I can decide to enroll in the flexible credit option?

Whichever credit option you are registered for at the start of the course, is the credit option you need to remain in. Once the course starts, you are not able to switch credit options.

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How will the guided classroom inquiry course be delivered?

Your instructor and you will arrange class 'meeting' times on an individual basis if needed. The meeting times may include face-to-face or online learning, but typically happens via email. The course instructor will review the guided classroom inquiry framework with you so that you understand the expectations for coursework and required assessments.

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What technology will I need to participate in the guided classroom inquiry course?

You will need to access email and have Internet access to reach the GPDE program website at Saint Mary's University. The GPDE program website links to online resources available through our library and SuperSearch.

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What are the benefits of the flexible credit option?

You can identify concepts from the face-to-face class sessions and determine what area of inquiry you would like to more fully explore. With that choice to guide your inquiry, you will be able to deepen your knowledge about the course concepts and connect that understanding to your instructional planning. You also have the flexibility with regard to your time, and you have a highly qualified instructional coach guiding your continued inquiry.

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Can I audit a GPDE course?

No. Courses offered through the GPDE program are NOT available for audit.

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Who can take GPDE courses?

The Graduate Professional Development for Educators (GPDE) program at Saint Mary's University offers courses for practicing educators seeking relevant, responsive, and research-based graduate courses for their professional development. Courses can also be used toward relicensure and/or for degree seeking students at Saint Mary's University. There is no application process to register for these courses.

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What is the philosophy of the GPDE program?

The GPDE program designs and delivers graduate courses that are relevant, responsive, and research-based. The courses are developed to meet the most current needs and topics that challenge classroom teachers. Courses are research-based and invite teachers to integrate the course's learning outcomes with their instructional planning and own inquiry. Course participants design teaching strategies and plans that link their inquiry and research to their classrooms. The practitioner-led courses are designed to meet the demands of today's classroom teacher in a professional setting. Course participants incorporate research and practical applications to deepen their knowledge about their content area and current pedagogy. The courses follow an inquiry-based approach to learning in an environment that fosters community, collegiality, and collaboration.

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Who teaches for the GPDE program?

GPDE course instructors are K-12 practitioners experienced with adult learning and facilitation. Instructors integrate their understanding and practice into the delivery of GPDE courses, guiding and challenging practicing teachers to examine their own practice and incorporate the course concepts into their instructional planning. GPDE instructors are recognized teacher leaders and educational leaders in K-12 schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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Can courses be delivered at my school and/or in my town?

We welcome you to contact the GPDE Program Office if you are interested in learning more about having a course delivered at your school or in your town.

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Where and when are courses delivered?

GPDE courses are offered in locations convenient to practicing teachers. Courses are offered in Minnesota and Wisconsin during the school year and summer.

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Can I use my courses as elective credits toward my master's degree program at Saint Mary's?

Typically yes, but it is suggested that students in graduate programs at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota should consult their advisors as to the transferability of credits in the GPDE program. Effective Fall 2016, any course taken for credit towards your graduate program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota does need to coincide with the term and/or semester dates of the University.

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Can I use my courses as elective credits toward a degree at another university?

Students enrolled in degree programs at other colleges or universities should consult with their program directors. Course syllabi are available to communicate the student learning outcomes and course requirements. Copies of course syllabi can be requested for other colleges or universities. Contact the GPDE Program Office if they are needed.

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How do I contact the GPDE Program Office?

To reach the GPDE Program Office, call 1-877-218-4755 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.You can also reach the GPDE Program Office via email at gpde@smumn.edu.

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How do I contact financial aid, the business office, or the registrar's office?

If you want to reach someone in financial aid, the business office, or the registrar's office, please call 1-866-437-2788, Ext. 4566, or directly by calling 612-238-4566. Saint Mary's provides a centralized student services office, so you can receive assistance as needed. Student Central can be reached between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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How do I find out more information about the course's starting date, location, and requirements?

We encourage you to visit the GPDE website for up-to-date information on your course. You can access information about the start of your course, its location, directions (or a link to driving directions) to the site, and any requirements prior to your first course meeting. For driving directions, we also encourage you to visit web-based mapping services such as www.mapquest.com.

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How will I know if the course is confirmed?

You can check the GPDE website at gpde.smumn.edu regularly to check the status of your course. If a course is canceled, the course will no longer show.

Your instructor will send you a confirmation letter introducing themselves and giving you any information you may need to know about the course a couple weeks prior to the start date.

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How do I cancel my registration once I have registered for a course?

If you need to cancel a course for which you have registered, simply email gpde@smumn.edu or call 1-877-218-4755 to cancel your registration. The GPDE Program Office will process your request with the registrar's office. There is no charge to drop a course prior to the start date. Please note if you do not cancel your registration in a course, even if you do not attend it, you are still responsible for full payment and will receive a NC as a grade, which does effect your GPA.

If you are part of a degree program at Saint Mary's University, do not add or drop courses via Webtools; contact the GPDE Program Office by phone or email.

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What happens if my class is canceled?

When a course is canceled, the GPDE Program Office will contact you and provide options for you to switch to a different section of the same course or transfer your registration to a different course. If you are unable to find a course that meets your needs, a full refund will be granted or your account will be credited.

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What requirements are there for the course?

GPDE courses follow an inquiry learning framework, inviting and challenging teachers to make practical connections between the course content and their instructional planning. Instructors design assessments that challenge students to demonstrate an understanding of the student learning outcomes in relation to the teacher's classroom and instructional planning. Students are required to develop a comprehensive implementation plan during the summer courses. The implementation plan can be incorporated into the teacher's classroom and instructional planning. During the school year, assessments are designed to link the course's content to the students' classrooms. Again, the focus of all GPDE course requirements is linked to a teacher's classroom and the practical applications between the course's content and a teacher's instructional planning. One traditional graduate credit requires a minimum of 15 contact/instructional hours. In addition, it is suggested that students invest a minimum of two hours per contact hour in outside study.

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If my course requires a textbook, how do I get my textbook before my class begins?

Once your course is confirmed, please purchase the required text. The required text can be found by linking to the course catalog and selecting the course in which you registered.

For students enrolled in the GPDE courses that are also offered as EDRD or EDMA courses, check the MBS Direct website by the courses' location to determine the required text.

Instructors requiring textbooks expect that students purchase books prior to the first day of class. These can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or where ever is convenient for you.

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Can I register for GPDE courses is I have a past due account?

If you have a past due balance on your student account at Saint Mary's University and want to register for a GPDE course, you will need to pay your account in full before your GPDE course registration can be processed.

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How and when do I pay for a course?

Once your registration is processed, Saint Mary's will send a tuition statement for the full balance after the 21st of the month. Payment is not officially due until the 15th of the following month the course starts. If you want to pay for your course prior to receiving a tuition statement, send your payment to Student Services, 700 Terrace Heights #8, Winona, MN 55987. Direct questions about your tuition to student services at 1-800-635-5987, Ext. 1474. If you are in a current degree program at Saint Mary's University, you will be billed via email, just like your degree program.

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What is the tuition for graduate credit through the GPDE program?

Current tuition for the GPDE program is set at $275.00 per semester credit.

Credits used toward a degree program at Saint Mary's University may be charged the tuition of that program.

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Are there any additional fees or textbooks?

If there is an additional course fee or required textbook, then that information will be listed on the GPDE website. Some courses do include an additional fee to cover course materials beyond the resources normally provided as part of the course.

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Can I receive financial aid for courses in the GPDE program?

Financial aid is intended for students in degree programs. If you are part of a degree program at Saint Mary's and will be taking GPDE courses for your elective courses, then you may request additional aid. If you are taking courses toward relicensure and/or for your professional development, then you cannot request financial aid. Contact the financial aid office at 1-866-451-5296 with any related financial aid questions.

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What happens if I can't find the course I want to register for on the GPDE registration site?

If the course you want to take is not listed on the GPDE registration site, simply call the GPDE Program Office at 1-877-218-4755. We will process your registration over the phone if there is availability in the course. If a course is in the brochure, but not showing on the online catalog, the course has been canceled.

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How do I register for courses?

Teachers may register for GPDE courses in a number of ways. Register online at gpde.smumn.edu by locating the course number or title in the online course catalog. The GPDE Program Office also has a registration line at 1-877-218-4755. Students may also complete the registration form and either mail or fax it to the GPDE Program Office. Our fax number is 507-457-6624. Our address is 700 Terrace Heights #74, Winona, MN 55987. There is no login required and there is no application process. Simply complete the registration.

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What do I need to know about registering online?

Our online registration process is a secure registration site, ensuring the confidentiality of the information you submit. Your current or most accessible email address is required, as all online registrants will receive an email verification of their registration. The GPDE website maintains the most current information about courses. We encourage you to register online.

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What is the importance of providing an email address?

Your email address acts as a unique identifier that will allow you to login to the GPDE website and access your course information and course evaluation. Be certain you provide your most regularly accessed email account. We ask that you not share your email address with another learner when registering for courses.

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Why do I need to provide my most accessible email address?

An email address that you access regularly is required so that you can receive verification of your registration and the most current updates regarding your course. Your course instructor(s) will use your email address to send you a confirmation letter that shares information about the course's location, requirements, and starting time. You also need your email address to access information about your course online at gpde.smumn.edu.

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What happens if I can't access information about my course on the GPDE website?

One of the more common challenges that students have when using the GPDE website is related to the user's computer's date, time, and time zone settings. Not having your computer's date, time, and time zone set correctly will affect your ability to login, access your course documents, and complete the course evaluation. The most common solution for not being able to login is to adjust the date, time, and time zone on your computer.

In some cases the date and time are set correctly, but the time zone is not. If you are on a PC, choose Central Time U.S. and then make sure the box is checked that says, "Automatically adjust clock for daylight saving changes." If you are on a Mac, choose Minneapolis or Chicago for your time zone setting. When you are all done, double check your time and date as changing the time zone may have affected it. For Minnesota and Wisconsin residents, select the Central Daylight Time (GMT -6:00) time zone.

To set date/time/time zone on a PC, either click on the time display on your computer's desktop, typically in the lower right hand corner of the screen, or go to start, settings, then control panel, and finally date and time. To set date/time/time zone on a Mac, click on the time display in the upper right hand corner of your screen and click on open Date and Time.

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What happens if I get a message about not being able to access or complete the registration process?

You will need to have a version of Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher to register online. You can also use a different web browser such as Safari, Netscape, or Firefox to access the registration page. The registration page is programmed so that students must complete the required fields to register. If the fields are not completed accurately, then the registration system will not process your registration. If you have difficulties with the online registration system, please call the GPDE Program Office at 1-877-218-4755 to register.

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What if I am having problems completing the course evaluation online?

The GPDE program course evaluations are completed online. To access the course evaluation, go to gpde.smumn.edu and login. You will need to use the course and section number when you logon (GPDE5002A for example). The password to access the course evaluation is your email address. You will need to enter the email address you used when registering (the registration site requests your most commonly accessed email address).

The course evaluation should be completed within two weeks from the end of your class.

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How can I get tech help beyond the tech pointers provided?

You may call the Help Desk at 1-800-635-5987 or the GPDE program office at 1-877-218-4755.

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Will my instructor see my comments and/or feedback on the course evaluation?

Your anonymity is guaranteed with the online evaluation process. Instructions are provided online that describe the course evaluation process. Instructors can only access tabulated feedback after they have submitted their grades.

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How do I request a transcript?

Online Transcript Ordering & Electronic Delivery Now Available

Saint Mary's is excited to offer students electronic ordering and delivery of official transcripts. You can now order transcripts online through the National Student Clearinghouse, a secure and confidential website. Transcripts can be sent directly to you or a third party by US mail or electronically through a secure PDF. Each transcript is $3.00, payable by credit or debit card. Additional features of online ordering include order tracking, updates, and transcript request history.

To obtain a transcript after your grade has been submitted by your instructor, please follow this link to order:
National Student Clearinghouse. Requests for transcripts cannot be taken over the phone.

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When will I receive a grade from Saint Mary's?

After you submit your course requirements and your instructor has evaluated them, your instructor will submit his/her grades for your course. Grades are processed and then official transcripts may be requested at that time. This is typically within a two week period of the course end date.

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