Academic Policies

Review the university-wide graduate program policies

Attendance

Because of the interactive nature of graduate classes at EMU, we believe that candidates who miss class for the equivalent of six 50-minute periods (300 minutes)or four 75 minute periods in a three semester hour course (200 minutes for a 2-semester hour course, 100 minutes for a 1-semester hour course) have not fulfilled necessary requirements to receive an “A” in the graduate class. Grades may be lowered for absences of less time at the instructor’s discretion.

Distance education (online)

No more than 12 semester hours of the Master of Arts in Education program may be completed by distance education. The program observes the guidelines of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) for distance education. Only selected courses in the introductory or specialty areas are offered online. Standards of academic quality for these courses are equivalent to those for on-campus courses. Enrollment is limited to 20 candidates or less to ensure a high level of instructor-candidate interaction. Particular attention is given to making available either locally or online, the study resources normally expected for graduate courses. Tuition is comparable to that of residential courses. There is regular evaluation of individual courses and of the total program.

Explanation of the course numbering system and course prefixes

All course numbers for the Master of Arts in Education program are at the 500 and 600 levels to designate graduate level courses. Undergraduate courses at EMU are listed at 100-400 levels.

  • EDCC designates a core course.
  • EDCI designates a curriculum and instruction course.
  • EDCT designates a classroom technology course.
  • EDDA designates a course in the at-risk concentration area.
  • EDDS designates a special education course.
  • EDSL or EDDT designates a teaching English as a second language related course.
  • EDLA designates a literacy related course.
  • EDPC designates a course in reflective practice.
  • EDSP designates a special topics course.
  • EDTR designates a course that is cross cultural.
  • EDI designates an institute course offered as an elective or special offering.
  • EDIU designates a Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13 course.

Institutes

  • EDIC Curriculum courses
  • EDID Diverse Needs courses
  • EDIL Literacy courses
  • EDAI Anabaptist Learning Institutes
  • EDIT Technology courses

Extra courses

  • EDSP 599 Special Topics
  • EDSP 699 Independent Studies

Schedule for completing the program

All course work, research and practica for the masters degree shall be completed within six years from the date of matriculation to the graduate program. Classes are offered in weekend and evening formats during fall and spring, while the summer sessions provide intensive week-long courses. A full-time candidate can complete the program in 2 years. Most teacher practitioners graduate in 2-4 years by taking 10-12 semester hours per year.

Candidates must be registered for EDPC 611 Action Research Project before participating in graduation ceremonies. In addition, candidates who choose to walk and subsequently prolong the completion of their final Action Research Project over one year from the initial registration date must renew their registration at a cost of one-half of the prevailing tuition rate per semester hour per year.

Transfer credit

Candidates may request to transfer up to nine hours of course work from other regionally accredited colleges or universities. A transfer of credit request form must be completed. Requests for transfer credit approval may be directed to the program director and will be considered on a course by course basis as applicable to the particular concentration area.

Continuing Education Units (CEU) courses are not accepted as transfer graduate credit. A candidate must submit an official transcript from the university that awarded the graduate credit. Only six credit hours can be transferred into the concentration area.

Two exceptions exist:

  1. With program director approval, candidates may transfer up to twelve hours of course work previously taken under the supervision of EMU graduate faculty, i.e. EMU Teacher Education Program institutes or site-based courses.
  2. With program director approval, candidates may transfer 12 hours of graduate studies in English as a Second Language including the concentration area if those hours meet the Pennsylvania requirements for the ESL certificate. Only six credit hours can be transferred into the concentration area.

All transfer credit must meet the following criteria:

  1. Course work was completed within five years of admission to the EMU program.
  2. Credit must reflect applicability to EMU’s MA in Education concentration area goals and program purposes.
  3. All transfer work must have a grade of A or B.

Transfer of credits completed at EMU to another institution is at the discretion of that institution. Candidates should check with the institution to which they wish to transfer regarding the transferability of EMU credits.