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Admission Requirements - Curriculum and Instruction


MASTER OF EDUCATION - CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

Admission Requirements - Degree-Seeking Curriculum and Instruction Students

After completion of the application for admission, each degree seeking student is required to provide an official transcript from the institution awarding his/her undergraduate degree, and an official transcript from each institution granting graduate credit the student wishes evaluated for transfer credit.  These transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Studies in Education office at Doane University and must bear the official stamp of the issuing institution. Transcripts issued to students are not acceptable for submission.  In addition, students must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Applicants not meeting this requirement will be referred to the Graduate Education Faculty Committee of the Whole for consideration.  Three letters of recommendation are required, as well as completion of the "Self-Reporting Survey."  Degree-seeking students may begin study before these materials are received, but their application file should be complete before the end of the first term of study.  

 

Transfer of Credit Policy - Curriculum and Instruction

A degree-seeking student in the Curriculum and Instruction Program may transfer up to twelve credit hours into the program.  This credit must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.  Any course considered for transfer is individually reviewed for recency and relevance of the material as it relates to best practice and theory at the time of review.  Courses must be approved courses for graduate study in a graduate program leading to a degree from the granting institution before they will be transferred into the Doane program. Transfer credit should be work completed within seven years prior to application to the program.  Final determination on transfer credit is made by the Dean of Graduate Studies in Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  Only graduate courses in which the student's letter grade is B- or above may be considered for transfer credit and applied toward fulfilling degree and certification requirements.  A maximum of six credits of courses with an earned grade of Pass or Credit may be transferred.  All transfer courses are entered on the transcript with a grade of P (passed).

 

Students are responsible for making formal requests to graduate institutions they have attended to have their graduate transcripts sent directly to Doane University, Graduate Studies in Education, 303 North 52nd Street, Lincoln, NE 68504.

 

Full Graduate Standing for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction

After completion of nine credit hours of graduate study, the file of a degree-seeking student is reviewed to determine if the student is eligible for full graduate standing.  The criteria for full graduate standing in the Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction program are as follows:

  • The applicant must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited University or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher. 
  • The applicant must obtain three letters of recommendation from professional educators who are well acquainted with the applicant and can speak to his/her ability to pursue a graduate degree, complete the self-reporting survey and have all official transcripts on file in the graduate office.
  • The applicant must maintain the highest ethical conduct in coursework and in professional positions held as defined in the Standards for Professional Practices Criteria in 92 NAC 27.   A student must be a model, representing the ideals expected of members of the teaching profession.
  • The applicant must have completed nine hours of graduate study at Doane with a 3.00 or higher cumulative grade point average.  A student receiving a grade below a B- for any graduate course will have his/her file reviewed even though the student's cumulative GPA might be 3.00 or higher.

All decisions regarding full graduate standing are based upon reviews of official transcripts of prior University work, letters of recommendation, GPA, and other pertinent information.  If evidence of a breach in ethical behavior is presented, the Dean and/or graduate faculty reserve the right to evaluate this factor as a criterion for denying full graduate standing.

Decisions are communicated in writing as soon as practical after the student completes nine credits of study and has on file the three letters of support and the required transcripts.  Decisions cannot be given by telephone, nor can they be given to any person other than the applicant without a written release from the applicant.

 

Doane E-Mail Accounts Required for Faculty and Students

To comply with the Higher Education Act, ALL course communication between faculty and students will use Doane e-mail addresses.  Students should also use their Doane e-mail for communication with Doane offices.  The Graduate Office, Business Office, Financial Aid and Blackboard will all use students' Doane e-mail accounts.   All Doane students have access to a Doane e-mail account and receive instructions about setting this up when they apply.  If students do not set up their e-mail or have forgotten their password or user id, they should contact helpdesk@doane.edu.

 

Hold for Credit Policy - Doane Undergraduate Seniors - Curriculum & Instruction

A Doane Senior who completes graduation requirements in December may receive up to 12 Doane University Master of Education credits taken during the summer term before his/her December completion.  Permission to enroll in the summer term must be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, the Chairperson of the Education Department, and the student's academic adviser.  An incomplete grade notation (I) will be given at the end of the summer term in all of the graduate courses and will be replaced by the actual letter grades after the requirements of the baccalaureate degree are completed in December.  If certification requirements are not completed, credit will not be granted and the (I) grade notations will change to W (withdrawal).  The following criteria will be used to determine if permission will be granted.

  • The student must have completed all coursework for the undergraduate degree, except for student teaching.  Student teaching arrangements must be set for the fall semester.
  • The student must have extenuating circumstances that have made it impossible to complete requirements for graduation in May before the summer graduate classes are offered.  These circumstances do not include change of major or the student's optional delay in meeting all degree requirements.
  • The student must be able to show that delaying completion of graduate coursework until the following summer would cause extreme financial hardship to the student.
  • All tuition, materials, fees, and books for early graduate coursework must be paid in full by June 1 of the summer term.  This coursework is not eligible for graduate student financial aid.  A student may be eligible for undergraduate aid in some instances.  Students can contact the Financial Aid Office on the Doane-Crete campus for specific information regarding individual circumstances.

Students should note that courses taken before graduation may not transfer as graduate credit to other institutions depending upon the regulations of the institution to which the credit is being transferred.

 

Online Coursework

Degree-seeking Curriculum and Instruction students are limited to 15 hours maximum of online coursework in their program. Students requesting any exemption to this limit must have permission of the Dean.

 

Program Design

Thirty-six credit hours are required for the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Five courses are required; the remaining courses are electives, which are selected by the graduate student in consultation with the academic adviser to best meet the professional goals of the graduate student.  Students are allowed to register for a maximum of six credit hours each term in the fall and spring, and 12 credit hours during the summer term.  The required core courses are:

EDU-600 Improvement of Instruction       Or                               3 credits

EDU-613 Models of Teaching                                                     3 credits

 

EDU-601 Critical Issues in Curriculum & Instruction                    3 credits

 

EDU-602 Assessment of Learning           Or                               3 credits

EDU-645 Assessment of Literacy             Or                              3 credits

EDU-614 Assessment Literacy Development                              3 credits

 

EDU-603 Research Methods                                                       3 credits

 

EDU-604 Culminating Project                                                       3 credits

 

Time Limitations

A student is expected to complete the degree within seven years of beginning graduate study at Doane University.  Credits taken in the program which were completed more than seven years prior to graduation are reviewed by the dean or assistant to the dean.  The criteria for accepting or rejecting these credits as a part of the student's program are always based on the relevance of the material at the time of review.  If the course is not accepted because the course material is no longer relevant, the student must then retake the appropriate graduate course(s) as part of the program of study, or in the case of elective courses, select additional electives.                  

 

Academic Standing

A graduate student is in good academic standing if he/she maintains a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

 

Academic Probation

A degree-seeking curriculum and instruction graduate student is placed on academic probation if, at any time, the graduate cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00.  The student is notified in writing of his/her academic status and of any specific conditions for retention.

 

Academic Suspension

A curriculum and instruction student may be suspended from Doane University for any of the following reasons:

  • Failure to return to good academic standing after the specified probationary period.
  • Failure to meet requirements set forth in the letter of probation.
  • Receipt of a second course grade below a "B-".
  • Breach of academic integrity.

 

In all cases, the student is notified of the suspension in writing by the Dean of the program.  For the right of appeal, consult that section in this handbook.  For specifics on what constitutes plagiarism, please see a later section of this handbook.

 

Academic Dismissal

A graduate student may be dismissed from Doane University when the appeal process for suspension has been exhausted.  Such students are notified in writing by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


MASTER OF EDUCATION IN CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION WITH AN EMPAHSIS IN MUSIC EDUCATION

 

Admission Requirements - Degree-Seeking Curriculum and Instruction Students with an emphasis in Music Education

After completion of the application for admission, each degree seeking student is required to provide an official transcript from the institution awarding his/her undergraduate degree, and an official transcript from each institution granting graduate credit the student wishes evaluated for transfer credit.  These transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to the Graduate Studies in Education office at Doane University and must bear the official stamp of the issuing institution. Transcripts issued to students are not acceptable for submission.  In addition, students must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Applicants not meeting this requirement will be referred to the Graduate Education Faculty Committee of the Whole for consideration.  Three letters of recommendation are required, as well as completion of the "Self-Reporting Survey."  Degree-seeking students may begin study before these materials are received, but their application file should be complete before the end of the first term of study.  

 

Transfer of Credit Policy - Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Music Education

A degree-seeking student in the Curriculum and Instruction Program may transfer up to twelve credit hours into the program.  This credit must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.  Any course considered for transfer is individually reviewed for recency and relevance of the material as it relates to best practice and theory at the time of review.  Courses must be approved courses for graduate study in a graduate program leading to a degree from the granting institution before they will be transferred into the Doane program. Transfer credit should be work completed within seven years prior to application to the program.  Final determination on transfer credit is made by the Dean of Graduate Studies in Education in Curriculum and Instruction.  Only graduate courses in which the student's letter grade is B- or above may be considered for transfer credit and applied toward fulfilling degree and certification requirements.  A maximum of six credits of courses with an earned grade of Pass or Credit may be transferred.  All transfer courses are entered on the transcript with a grade of P (passed).

Students are responsible for making formal requests to graduate institutions they have attended to have their graduate transcripts sent directly to Doane University, Graduate Studies in Education, 303 North 52nd Street, Lincoln, NE 68504.

 

Full Graduate Standing for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Music Education

After completion of nine credit hours of graduate study, the file of a degree-seeking student is reviewed to determine if the student is eligible for full graduate standing.  The criteria for full graduate standing in the Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction program are as follows:

  • The applicant must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited University or university with an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher.

  • The applicant must obtain three letters of recommendation from professional educators who are well acquainted with the applicant and can speak to his/her ability to pursue a graduate degree, complete the self-reporting survey and have all official transcripts on file in the graduate office.*

  • The applicant must maintain the highest ethical conduct in coursework and in professional positions held as defined in the Standards for Professional Practices Criteria in 92 NAC 27. 

  •  A student must be a model, representing the ideals expected of members of the teaching profession.

  • The applicant must have completed nine hours of graduate study at Doane with a 3.00 or higher cumulative grade point average.  A student receiving a grade below a B- for any graduate course will have his/her file reviewed even though the student's cumulative GPA might be 3.00 or higher.

All decisions regarding full graduate standing are based upon reviews of official transcripts of prior University work, letters of recommendation, GPA, and other pertinent information.  If evidence of a breach in ethical behavior is presented, the Dean and/or graduate faculty reserve the right to evaluate this factor as a criterion for denying full graduate standing.

Decisions are communicated in writing as soon as practical after the student completes nine credits of study and has on file the three letters of support and the required transcripts.  Decisions cannot be given by telephone, nor can they be given to any person other than the applicant without a written release from the applicant.

 

Doane E-Mail Accounts Required for Faculty and Students

To comply with the Higher Education Act, ALL course communication between faculty and students will use Doane e-mail addresses.  Students should also use their Doane e-mail for communication with Doane offices.  The Graduate Office, Business Office, Financial Aid and Blackboard will all use students' Doane e-mail accounts.   All Doane students have access to a Doane e-mail account and receive instructions about setting this up when they apply.  If students do not set up their e-mail or have forgotten their password or user id, they should contact helpdesk@doane.edu.

 

Hold for Credit Policy - Doane Undergraduate Seniors - Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Music Education

A Doane Senior who completes graduation requirements in December may receive up to 12 Doane University Master of Education credits taken during the summer term before his/her December completion.  Permission to enroll in the summer term must be granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies in Education, Curriculum and Instruction, the Chairperson of the Education Department, and the student's academic adviser.  An incomplete grade notation (I) will be given at the end of the summer term in all of the graduate courses and will be replaced by the actual letter grades after the requirements of the baccalaureate degree are completed in December.  If certification requirements are not completed, credit will not be granted and the (I) grade notations will change to W (withdrawal).  The following criteria will be used to determine if permission will be granted.

  • The student must have completed all coursework for the undergraduate degree, except for student teaching.  Student teaching arrangements must be set for the fall semester.
  • The student must have extenuating circumstances that have made it impossible to complete requirements for graduation in May before the summer graduate classes are offered.  These circumstances do not include change of major or the student's optional delay in meeting all degree requirements.
  • The student must be able to show that delaying completion of graduate coursework until the following summer would cause extreme financial hardship to the student.
  • All tuition, materials, fees, and books for early graduate coursework must be paid in full by June 1 of the summer term.  This coursework is not eligible for graduate student financial aid.  A student may be eligible for undergraduate aid in some instances.  Students can contact the Financial Aid Office on the Doane-Crete campus for specific information regarding individual circumstances.

Students should note that courses taken before graduation may not transfer as graduate credit to other institutions depending upon the regulations of the institution to which the credit is being transferred.

 

Online Coursework

Degree-seeking Curriculum and Instruction students are limited to 15 hours maximum of online coursework in their program. Students requesting any exemption to this limit must have permission of the Dean.

 

Program Design

Thirty-six credit hours are required for the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Eight courses are required plus six credits of additional music electives and six elective credits from curriculum & instruction or additional music courses to be selected by the graduate student in consultation with the academic adviser to best meet the professional goals of the graduate student.  Students are allowed to register for a maximum of six credit hours each term in the fall and spring, and 12 credit hours during the summer term.  The required core courses are:

EDU 600 Improvement of Instruction     Or                                3 credits

EDU 613 Models of Teaching                                                    3 credits

 

EDU 601 Critical Issues in Curriculum & Instruction                   3 credits

 

EDU 602 Assessment of Learning        Or                                 3 credits

EDU 645 Assessment of Literacy          Or                                 3 credits

EDU 614 Assessment Literacy Development                             3 credits

 

EDU 603 Research Methods                                                      3 credits

 

EDU 604 Culminating Project                                                      3 credits

 

MUS 601 History and Philosophy of Music Education                  3 credits

MUS 602 Music Curriculum Development & Evaluation               3 credits

MUS 610 Psychology and Sociology of Music                           3 credits

 

Time Limitations

A student is expected to complete the degree within seven years of beginning graduate study at Doane University.  Credits taken in the program which were completed more than seven years prior to graduation are reviewed by the dean or assistant to the dean.  The criteria for accepting or rejecting these credits as a part of the student's program are always based on the relevance of the material at the time of review.  If the course is not accepted because the course material is no longer relevant, the student must then retake the appropriate graduate course(s) as part of the program of study, or in the case of elective courses, select additional electives.                  

 

Academic Standing

A graduate student is in good academic standing if he/she maintains a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

 

Academic Probation

A degree-seeking curriculum and instruction graduate student is placed on academic probation if, at any time, the graduate cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00.  The student is notified in writing of his/her academic status and of any specific conditions for retention.

 

Academic Suspension

A curriculum and instruction student may be suspended from Doane University for any of the following reasons:

  • Failure to return to good academic standing after the specified probationary period.
  • Failure to meet requirements set forth in the letter of probation.*
  • Receipt of a second course grade below a "B-".
  • Breach of academic integrity.

In all cases, the student is notified of the suspension in writing by the Dean of the program.  For the right of appeal, consult that section in this handbook.  For specifics on what constitutes plagiarism, please see a later section of this handbook.

 

Academic Dismissal

A graduate student may be dismissed from Doane University when the appeal process for suspension has been exhausted.  Such students are notified in writing by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.