Frequently Asked Questions
Is the program 100% online?The program is all on line with some sessions that are synchronous (real time) and others that are asynchronous (self-paced).
Will I get academic credit?It is a professional certificate that will offer CEUs but not academic credit. Each module = 10/hours of instruction = 1 CEU. 5 modules = 50/hours of instruction = 5 CEUs.
How many courses are in the certificate?It will be 5 mini-courses (topics listed on the postcard). Each course will be 3 or 4 sessions. Courses are: 1.) Introduction to Supplemental Transportation Programs; 2.) Senior-Friendly Transportation; 3.) Supportive Transportation; 4.) Low-Cost Methods; 5.) Data Gathering & Management.
When will the program start?September 2013
Introduction to Senior Transportation
Module 1: Sept. 11—25
Seniors and their Utilization of Options
Module 2: Oct. 2—16
Strategies for Meeting Senior Passenger Needs
Module 3: Oct. 23—Nov. 6
Volunteer Drivers and Volunteer Driver Programs
Module 4: Nov. 13—27
Senior Transportation Research Methods
Module 5: Dec. 4—18
Sept. 11—Dec. 18
What will the full certificate cost?The cost for the full certificate will be $1000/student. $200/student/course (module). There is no financial aid but we encourage applicants to check with their employers for professional development.
Can I take one course without committing to the full certificate?The certificate consists of 5 modules. You can take a single 3-week module, any combination of 3-week modules, or the entire 15-week certificate program. The cost per module is $200. Each module = 10/hours of instruction = 1 CEU.
How do I enroll?Enrollment for the first year will be limited so, if people are interested, they should provide their full contact information to Tim O’Donnell, email@example.com, and we will keep you informed of the date for registration.
Are there any prerequisites?There are no pre-requisites. The certificate is targeted toward professionals involved with or planning senior transportation. Information on technology requirements for online classes can be found at: http://www.umassonline.net/TechSupport.html
Where can I address additional questions?If there are questions, potential applicants may contact the primary faculty members Nina M. Silverstein, PhD (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Helen Kerschner, PhD (email@example.com) directly — but it is important to first provide all contact information to Tim O’Donnell (firstname.lastname@example.org) as space is limited and preference will be given to the date of inquiry.