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Student Handbook

Student Handbook: Master of Education (Ed.M.) Program Policies

This handbook reflects the policies and regulations that govern the Ed.M. Degree Program. However, please see the individual program websites for more information about additional requirements for specific Ed.M. programs. In addition, this section details policies and procedures that apply specifically to master’s students. 

Coursework and Grade Options 

In order to meet basic HGSE degree requirements, Master of Education (Ed.M.) candidates must complete courses carrying a minimum of 32 credits. Ed.M. students must take at least 16 of their total credits for a letter grade. Ed.M. students are permitted to enroll in up to 8 credits of independent study or field experience, or combination thereof (not to exceed one per semester). See other sections of this handbook for information about prior coursework and other academic requirements for all students. 

Academic Progress Review 

Ed.M. and C.A.S. candidates must maintain at least a B- average. More than one Incomplete and/or a grade average below B- will initiate an academic review at the end of the semester. Ed.M. and C.A.S. candidates who fall below a B- average and/or are carrying multiple Incomplete grades are considered to be in poor academic standing. Students may not register for a new semester with more than one Incomplete. A student’s degree candidacy may be terminated on the basis of poor academic standing. 

Petitions to Change Program/Strand 

Occasionally, Ed.M. students may wish to petition to change their Ed.M. program from the one to which they were admitted. Students wishing to do so must complete the Petition for Change of Program, which is available on the HGSE Office the Registrar website and includes more details about the process. Such petitions must include a clear justification for wanting to make such a change. In order to be granted a change, approval must be secured from the current program faculty director, the new program faculty director, and the associate director for master’s studies. Note that not all petitions will be granted due to admissions and program needs; thus, students should consider carefully in which program to enroll without assuming the possibility of transferring to another program.