Publication Date for Statements Related to the Closure of the University: March 13, 2020
M.Ed. Policy Updates
Earning Multiple Graduate Degrees and Certificates
A student may earn up to two M.Ed. and two M.A. degrees, however these restrictions apply:
- A student may not earn two of the same degree from Concordia University if they overlap by more than nine semester credits of common requirements. In order for credits to apply to a student's second degree they must be less than seven years old and with a grade of B- or better. All seminar and capstone courses must be unique to each program. Where required by the program, EDGR 500 PROFESSIONAL PLANNING SEMINAR will need to be repeated for each degree and a new type of capstone course must be earned for the second degree; for example, if a student completes EDGR 698 ACTION RESEARCH for their first degree then EDGR 696 PRACTITIONER INQUIRY must be completed to earn the second degree.
- When the student has earned an M.Ed. or M.A. degree from Concordia University and now seeks to earn a certificate, there must be no more than six credits of overlapping coursework between the two. To carry forward up to six credits of overlapping coursework from the degree to the certificate, the credits must be less than seven years old and have an earned grade of B- or better.
- If a student has completed a certificate at Concordia University and would like to complete another certificate, there can be no more than six credits of overlapping coursework between the two. To carry up to six credits of overlapping coursework forward, the credits must be less than seven years old and have an earned grade of B- or better.
- Transfer work from outside institutions cannot be brought in in addition to the nine or six shared credits for degrees or certificates. Combinations of internal credits and transfer credits may be made as long as the total does not exceed the allowed credit total for the program.
Academic Standing Policy for M.Ed. and Graduate Certificates
The College of Education believes that its M.Ed. candidates at Concordia University are enrolled in some of the most innovative and engaging master’s degree programs available. The focus of all programs is on the candidate’s success and the transfer of that success to classrooms or the workplace.
To facilitate student success, standards of academic excellence must be maintained and safeguarded. To that end, the University developed the following parameters for academic probation, dismissal, and student readmission in order to support candidates who may find themselves in academic difficulty.
Unsatisfactory progress in the program may have implications in the amount of Federal Financial Aid available for classes. It could also extend the length of the program due to class availability.
- Academic Standing will be assessed at the completion if each course.
- Candidates must earn a grade of A, A-, B+, B, B- or PASS in each course to receive credit toward the degree.
- A No Pass or letter grade of C+ or below means the candidate has failed that course and will be placed on academic probation.
- If the cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00 the candidate will be placed on academic probation for a maximum length of three courses. If the candidate does not return to good standing (the cumulative GPA is not raised to a 3.00 or above) after completion of the third consecutive course on probation, the candidate will be dismissed from the program and from the University. If the university closure impacts the timing of this policy such that the student will not be able to remediate the GPA requirement, the academic standing status at time of course conclusion will stand.
- A failed course (other than a practicum course) may be repeated once. If the new grade is a B- or better, the candidate returns to good standing as long as the cumulative GPA is not lower than a 3.00. A candidate who fails a course will no longer be eligible to retake the course if there is no longer time left in the conclusion of the program to repeat the course AND complete the program.
- If the repeated course is awarded a C+ or lower, or a No Pass, the candidate is dismissed from the program and from the University.
- Candidates on probation for a GPA lower than 3.00 will be dismissed from the program and from the University if they receive a subsequent failing (C+ or below or No Pass) grade.
- If a candidate receives two failing (C+ or below or No Pass) grades they will be dismissed from the program and the University.
- If a candidate is on probation and an Incomplete grade is changed to a failing grade (C+ or lower or No Pass) the candidate will be dismissed from the program and the University.
- A practicum course is not repeatable. If a candidate fails a practicum course, they will be dismissed from the program and the University.1
- Although a student may receive credit for a course with a B- grade, a cumulative minimum GPA of a 3.00 must be maintained to remain in good academic standing2 and earn the degree.
M.Ed. practicum candidates who are dismissed as a result of a failed non-practicum course, while enrolled in a practicum course, have one week from the date the notice of dismissal is sent to appeal the dismissal decision. During the appeal process, the candidate may continue the practicum, at the discretion of the College of Education, while awaiting a decision on status. The College of Education will rule on whether the student should continue with the practicum or be dismissed from all courses including the practicum. If the student does not submit an appeal within one week of notification of dismissal, the dismissal will stand and the student will be withdrawn from all courses, including the practicum course. Appeals for dismissal from a practicum will no longer be accepted. All dismissals from M.Ed practicums will stand as a final decision.
Good standing means that the candidate has a grade point average of such quality that they may continue to advance toward program completion.
See Academic Standing Policies – Graduate for more information.
Course Order Policy
Students in the M.Ed. programs are expected to take their courses in order, ending with the Capstone course (EDGR 698 ACTION RESEARCH, EDGR 696 PRACTITIONER INQUIRY, or EDCT 604 CTE CAPSTONE). In the event a course must be taken after the Capstone, only one course is eligible. EDGR 601 EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH is a prerequisite to the Capstone experience and must be taken prior to the Capstone with no exceptions.
Course Overlap Policy
A student enrolled in courses through a campus-based program has the ability to take courses in the following modalities:
- 5 week online
- 8 week on ground
To facilitate student success, and to allow for the monitoring for Academic Standing, students may not enroll in a course that overlaps completion with another. A student may enroll in two courses concurrently if the end dates are the same.
Course Repeat Policy
The M.Ed. Department has established the following Course Repeat Rule:
- Each M.Ed. course (excluding practicum courses) may be repeated once. Due to university closure, this is only available if there is still sufficient time in the term to complete the repeat and the program without requiring double-up enrollment.
- A maximum of two courses may be repeated within a program. If the candidate fails an additional course after the maximum of two repeated courses has been reached within the program, the candidate will be dismissed from the program and the University.
- A practicum course (EDRD 550 READING INTERVENTIONIST PRACTICUM; EDEL 537 ESOL PRACTICUM; EDAD 650 PRELIMINARY ADMINISTRATIVE LICENSE PRACTICUM; EDAD 652 PROFESSIONAL ADMINISTRATOR LICENSE PRACTICUM; EDHP 519 HEALTH PRACTICUM; EDHP 520 PHYSICAL EDUCATION PRACTICUM) is not repeatable.
Critical Assessment Policy
In an effort to maintain national and state accreditation, the university is required to measure candidate proficiency at certain checkpoints throughout the program. Within the College of Education Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs, candidates will complete critical assessments as measured by specific lnTASC sub-standards and/or appropriate national standards in the candidate's area of professionalization. These assessments evaluate candidates' level of proficiency as they progress through the program. Because of these requirements, in order to pass a course that includes a critical assessment, candidates must meet the minimum requirements for each critical assessment (earning 84% on the assignment). This requirement is a threshold that must be met prior to receiving a grade for the course. If candidates do not pass the critical assessment, they do not pass the course and will receive a grade in the range of C-F.
Dual Concentration Policy
Students enrolled in the M.Ed. program will be enrolled in one of two campuses: Online or On-ground. A student may only select concentrations for a degree with dual concentrations that are offered on the specific campus in which the student in enrolled. No exceptions will be allowed.
Incomplete Grades Policy
Candidates are expected to complete all academic work in whatever length of time is allotted for the course. If candidates cannot complete course requirements by the completion date due to unavoidable or unforeseen circumstances, they may request an Incomplete ("I") grade from the instructor. Incompletes will only be available for one week after the end date of the course and must be resolved by 11:59 pm on the Sunday after the course ends on the previous week’s Saturday.
If granted, the candidate and the instructor will determine, and confirm with a student contract, a final completion date, of no more than 15 weeks, which must be met for the passing grade to be issued. In all cases, an Incomplete is given with a back-up grade. If the candidate does not complete the work by the agreed date, the incomplete “I” grade will default to the backup grade.
In online courses, Instructors may grant a grade of "I" only when a student has completed 75% of the course with a “B-” or better. An incomplete grade is not included in the grade point average (GPA).
Transfer credits will be accepted which are seven (7) years old or younger. Note: Latency is counted from the year (regardless of month or term) the student starts at CU and goes back to the year the coursework was completed.
In order to graduate from any Master of Education (M.Ed.) program at Concordia University-Portland, the following requirements must be met:
- A completed Application for Graduation
- Successful completion of the minimum semester credits required in the chosen major
- Successful completion of all courses required in the chosen major
- At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA has been earned
- All required courses have been completed with a grade of "B-" or better
- No grade below a “B-” will be accepted in a course that counts toward completion of the program. Students who receive a “C”or lower in a required course must retake the course and earn a “B-” or higher for the course to count toward completion of the degree.