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Restrictions on Certain Courses

All Ed.S. programs must be consistent with the following restrictions. A particular Ed.S. program may impose more stringent restrictions for that program.

Aggregate Restriction

No more than one third (1/3) of the total credit requirements (exclusive of any culminating activity that may be required) can be met by the aggregate of credits earned in undergraduate courses, pass-fail courses, and university-wide courses numbered 590, 594-596, 598, and 696 (or equivalent courses that may appear as transfer credits). An exception to this restriction may be considered when the courses are outside the major field of study, are taken to expand interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary experiences, and are approved by the graduate program and the Graduate College by an academic adjustment.

Undergraduate Courses

An undergraduate course may be applied to meet the credit requirements of an Ed.S. degree subject to the following restrictions:

  1. The course must be an upper-division course and must be in a discipline outside the major field of study of the Ed.S. program.
  2. A grade of B or better must be earned in the course.
  3. The course cannot represent effort for an undergraduate thesis, internship, practicum, independent study or research, conference or workshop, experiential learning, study abroad, seminar, or colloquium.

Previously Applied Courses

In general, any course applied to a previously earned degree or certificate of any type at any institution cannot be applied to meet the credit requirements of an Ed.S. program. An exception that applies to a specific graduate program may be approved by the Graduate Council.