Jul 14, 2024  
SGPS College Catalog 2023-2024 
    
SGPS College Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Catalog Addendums


Elizabethtown College endeavors to accurately present our programs and policies to our prospective and enrolled student community.   Academic Affairs make every effort to ensure the published catalog, class schedule, and other public information presented is correct and up to date.  Elizabethtown College reserves the right to add, amend, or retract any statements, regulatory requirements, policies, and procedures.   The College assumes no responsibility for misinterpretation by students of policies and procedures presented in this Catalog, or the Addendum.   School Deans, Academic Advisors, and members of the Office of Registration and Records are available and support students in achieving their academic goals and to clarify college policies and procedures. 

What is an Addendum?

Elizabethtown College publishes our annual Catalog in May of each year.  The Addendum is a summary of additions, reactivations, deactivations, and changes that have been approved through faculty governance since the initial Catalog publication.   All approved changes and additions made this academic year are reflected in this addendum.  The information contained in this publication is the most accurate and up to date information pertaining to academics at Elizabethtown College.    

The following question and answer section provided guidance to common questions about how to use this important document.   Students should seek guidance on addendum items through the support of their Academic Advisors, and Dean, for course and program planning.   

**Please note, the contents of the Addendum do NOT appear in the PDF version of the full Catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Why do we have an Addendum?

A. The Addendum exists to support students and our campus community locate changes or additions approved through faculty governance since the initial publication of the Catalog.

Q. How do I use the Addendum?

A. The Addendum is to be used in company with the 2023-2024 Catalog, not in isolation.   This Addendum provides up to date information pertaining to academics at Elizabethtown College.

Q. Does the Addendum supersede the Catalog?

A. The Addendum is an addition to the 2023-2024 Catalog.  Items included in the Addendum supersede what is in the published Catalog.   However, graduation requirements are governed by the College Catalog dated four years prior to graduation or, for major or minor requirements, by the College Catalog in effect at the time of graduation if the student so chooses.  For most students, this means they will follow the requirements of the Catalog in effect when they begin their studies at Elizabethtown College.   Students should review the full “Other Graduation Requirements Policy” in the Catalog for more details. 

 


Academic Policies

Readmission Policy 

(Effective November 28, 2023)

Students who leave the College in good academic standing gain readmission by written request to the Office of Registration and Records. Students who leave the College in academic difficulty must petition The Academic Standing Committee.  The academic program must have the capacity to accept additional students.

Students seeking to return after less than one year of continuous enrollment.

Students seeking to return after less than one year should contact the Office of Registration and Records prior to the published semester/sub-term begin date for which re-enrollment is being sought.   For more information, please visit the Office of Registration and Records Readmission or Re-entry webpage.

Students seeking to return after more than one year of continuous enrollment.

Students seeking to return after more than one year, but less than five years, must complete the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Application for Readmission.  

Students may not normally use a College Catalog dated more than four years prior to graduation to determine requirements for a degree. The only exception to this is for students who have been continuously enrolled for more than four years.

Additional Considerations

If students applying for re-enrollment/re-entry have earned credits at another institution since their most recent enrollment at Elizabethtown College, they must submit official transcripts from each institution attended if they want the credits to be considered for transfer credit and/or for enrollment decisions.  

Academic Forgiveness Policy 

(Effective November 28, 2023)

Undergraduate, associate and baccalaureate, degree seeking students who re-enroll at Elizabethtown College following an absence of five successive calendar years (60 consecutive months) may apply for a fresh start under the Academic Forgiveness Policy.  The School Dean, and Registrar, will review prior and intervening factors for evidence of potential for improved academic success under the policy.  

Academic Standards

A student reenrolled (approved for readmission) under this policy must meet current degree requirements and will be reviewed under current academic standards requirements applicable at the time of readmission.

Transcript Effects

All previously transcribed courses will remain on the student’s academic record and transcript, no exceptions.

Courses previously used to satisfy a prior degreed credential are not eligible for forgiveness. These credits and grades will remain permanently locked on the student’s academic record and transcript.  They will continue to be used in calculating the cumulative GPA.

All other courses with grades below C- are eligible for academic forgiveness. Students must request specific courses for forgiveness. When courses are approved for forgiveness, they are given the notation of “#FG” (Forgiven Grade). There is no limit on the number of courses/credits below a C- that can be given the “#FG” notation on the transcript.

Financial Aid Effects

Students reenrolled under the Fresh Start Program must still meet the financial aid qualitative and quantitative student academic progress, SAP, requirements (using all previously enrolled semester data). Federal regulations do not permit the Financial Aid Office staff to remove or ignore any academic statistics.

Constraints

This policy may be applied only once.  Academic forgiveness, excluded courses, and GPA recalculation once enacted cannot be reversed.

  • For a first bachelor’s degree, a minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Elizabethtown after a student return under this policy.
  • For a first associate degree, a minimum of 15 credits must be completed at Elizabethtown after a student return under this policy.
  • For a first embedded certificate, a minimum of 6 credits must be completed at Elizabethtown after a student return under this policy. Please note, undergraduate certificates do not stand alone.  They are only transcribed upon completion of a degreed program (associate or baccalaureate).

Incomplete Grades

(Effective November 17, 2023)

A student grade of incomplete may be assigned, in consultation with the course instructor, when the student is unable to complete coursework for extraordinary reasons such as illness, emergency, or other reasonable cause.  An Incomplete is not simply to allow additional time to complete course work and is not an alternative to a failing grade.  It is a privilege granted by the instructor because of a unique set of circumstances, not a right or expectation of the student.  The revised policy provides students the opportunity to address emergencies and establishes a reasonable deadline to discourage procrastination in the completion of course requirements.

Criteria for an Incomplete grade

Student requests for an Incomplete will only be considered if the student has:

  • Completed at least 50% of course work,
  • A current passing grade in the course.
  • The ability to complete the work without attending additional classes.
  • A well-defined plan at the time of the request. 

Incomplete contracts must be emailed to the course instructor PRIOR to the last day of class.   An incomplete grade must be resolved by the agreed upon contract timelines, but no later than the default incomplete contract timelines.

Contract Default Timelines
  • Sub-Term (less than 6 weeks)
    Incomplete grades must be replaced by a final grade by no more than the length of the accelerated sub-term in which the incomplete grade was granted.  
  • Sub-Term (greater than 5 weeks, but less than 14 weeks)
    Incomplete grades must be replaced by a final grade by no more than the length of the accelerated sub-term in which the incomplete grade was granted. 
  • Semester (14 – 16 weeks)
    Incomplete grades must be replaced by a final grade by no more than the following:
    • Fall Incomplete Deadline: March 1st
    • Spring Incomplete Deadline: August 1st
    • Summer Incomplete Deadline: November 1st

Student Responsibilities:

  • The student presents a valid appeal and request to his/her instructor before the last day of class.
  • The student is responsible for circulating the Incomplete Contract for signature.   The signed form must be submitted to the Office of Registration and Records.
  • The Center for Student Success will circulate an Emergency Incomplete on behalf of the student in collaboration with the Office of Registration and Records when an emergency warrants in support of the student and their family.
  • If the student fails to complete the work by the extended and/or default deadline, the instructor will enter a grade based only on work completed during the semester and the Incomplete contractual agreement. 
  • The student’s grade point average calculation will be updated to include the awarded grade, or failing grade if work is not completed. 

Faculty Responsibilities:

  • The instructor will establish an appropriate completion date with the student. This date may not exceed the identified default timelines. 
  • The instructor will initially report a grade of “I” in JayWeb. The incomplete grade will appear on the student’s Grad Report/Academic Record as an “I”.
  • The instructor is expected to communicate with the student prior to the submission of the final grade.
  • The instructor will submit a final grade for the course, on or before the contracted and/or default completion date, through JayWeb Incomplete to letter-grade change process.

Additional Considerations

An incomplete grade issued to a student on academic probation will not prevent or delay academic action of dismissal. 

Receiving an “I” grade in a course means the course will not satisfy prerequisites for subsequent course registrations.

Students will not be permitted to graduate with an incomplete grade on their record because their grade point average is not final. Any candidate for graduation earning an unresolved incomplete will automatically be moved to the subsequent date of graduation. The degree and/or post-graduate certificate is not conferred until all requirements for graduation are satisfied.

Concurrent and Subsequent Credentials Policy

(Effective November 28, 2023)

Enrolled students complete two graduate credentials at the same level at the same time.

Acceptance into a concurrent credential is at the discretion of the program director, and the school dean governing the program.  

All credentials must be declared prior to applying for graduation.  A student’s grade point average will be based on all credential declarations, simultaneously or embedded credentialling.

Simultaneous Credentials

A student seeking to enroll in two credentials simultaneously will have each credential transcribed upon the successful completion of all requirements across all credentials. Students are not awarded credentials independent of the other, regardless of the successful completion of a particular course credential sequence. 

Embedded Credentials

A student enrolled in degreed programs with embedded credentials will not receive certificate credentials independent of their degreed program.  The degreed program is transcribed.  

Subsequent Credential

A student may seek to complete an additional, or subsequent, graduate credential after the completion of their first graduate credential.  Students must apply for acceptance into the succeeding credential and admissions decisions are independent of all prior admissions decisions.

Bachelor’s Degree to Graduate Degree Program

Students may be approved to use up to nine (9) credits from a previous Elizabethtown undergraduate degree program to meet the requirements of a subsequent graduate degree.

Bachelor’s Degree to Graduate Certificate

Undergraduate students enrolled with Elizabethtown College can accelerate their pathway to a post-graduate certificate credential. The post-graduate certificate must contain a minimum of 6 unique credits not counting toward their undergraduate degree.   

Graduate Degree to Graduate Certificate

Credits earned in prior degreed program may be applied to a subsequent certificate provided there are three unique credits completed in the subsequent certificate program.

Graduate Certificate to Graduate Degree Program

Graduate credit-bearing certificate programs are comprised of related courses that constitute a coherent body of study within a discipline. Elizabethtown College students who have been fully admitted into a graduate degree program, while previously or currently enrolled in an Elizabethtown College certificate program, may apply credits earned in the certificate program to a graduate degree in their entirety.

Requirements:

  • The graduate certificate course credit hours must be defined as an area of concentration within the graduate degree program.
  • The graduate degree program must have eighteen (18) unique (not shared) credits unless otherwise noted in the Catalog for the specific graduate program.

If the certificate is not an area of concentration in the graduate degree program, the student may apply up to six (6) previously earned credits from the certificate program to the graduate degree program to take the place of elective credits.

Graduate Certificate to Graduate Certificate

Credits earned in a previous certificate may be applied to a subsequent certificate if at least six (6) credits are unique (not shared) and is completed after the first certificate is awarded.

Graduate Degree to Graduate Degree

Students may be approved to use up to nine (9) credits from a previous Elizabethtown graduate degree program to meet the requirements of a subsequent graduate degree.

Enrollment Policy 

(Effective November 28, 2023)

Continuous Enrollment

Elizabethtown School of Graduate and Professional Studies utilizes a “continuous enrollment” concept for students enrolled in our school.   Continuous Enrollment assumes that once enrolled, a student will continue their education until graduation.   Students will be considered enrolled for each subsequent academic semester provided they participate in course registration, participate in accordance with the school’s attendance policy, and meet academic standards for continuous enrollment.

Change of Enrollment

A student has not discontinued their enrollment status simply because they are no longer in attendance or by notifying the course instructor.   The notification responsibility rests with the student, not the faculty member, nor their advisor. 

Step-In/Step-Out Policy

Students may elect to Step-In/Step-Out of continuous enrollment for a semester by notifying the Office of Advising, GPSAdvising@etown.edu.  Any student that has not returned after one year of separation will be automatically withdrawn from the College.   A student absence of one year or more requires the submission of the Readmission Application.

Leave of Absence

Students in good academic standing may take a leave of absence from the college for a period not to extend beyond the academic year in which the leave is taken.   Leaves of absence must be approved by the SGPS Academic Advising Office.

Students are encouraged to speak with a member of Financial Aid to ensure that there are no implications associated with the planned decision to discontinue enrollment.  Students follow the Readmission/ Re-Entry policy for steps on how to return after a separation from the college.

Graduation Policy 

(Effective November 28, 2023)

Degree Conferrals and Commencement

Elizabethtown College celebrates the achievement of its graduates through an annual commencement ceremony, held in May. All degree-seeking students are invited and encouraged to participate. Students completing a Graduate Certificate are not eligible to participate in commencement. The ceremony is typically held on the morning of the second or third Saturday in May, outdoors in The Dell, except in cases of severely inclement weather when the ceremony is held in an alternate location. Students who complete all graduation requirements in the previous summer or fall or in the current spring semester are recognized at this ceremony.

Upon degree conferral, the academic record is finalized [or final, or sealed] and no further changes may be made. No program changes such as the addition of a major, minor or concentration, grade, or GPA changes or other academic changes to the record will be considered.

Application of Degree/Certificate Completion

An “Application of Degree/Certificate” form, available in JayWeb. 

Undergraduate Degree Conferral Requirements

To be eligible for a graduate degree from Elizabethtown College, a student must have a minimum 2.0 GPA at the time of graduation, must fulfill all program requirements, including but not limited to any professional clinical contributions/scholarly capstone projects as required by the program. 

Only students who have completed all academic requirements prior to commencement, including any student graduating in August or December of the previous academic year that did not participate in the prior commencement ceremony, and approved early participants will be invited to participate in the commencement ceremony held in May of the current academic year.

An “Application of Degree/Certificate” form, available in JayWeb, must be submitted electronically during the term prior to the student’s intended term of degree completion. 

Graduate Certificate Conferral Requirements

To be eligible for recognition of certificate completion all course requirements must be completed along with earning a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in the program.  Certain programs may require a GPA minimum higher than a 3.0, students should consult with their academic advisor and individual program descriptions for the minimum cumulative GPA expectations.

An “Application of Degree/Certificate” form, available in JayWeb, must be submitted electronically during the term prior to the student’s intended term of certificate completion.  Students must ensure they are registered for final course requirements necessary to meet certificate completion prior to submission of the application.

Certificate candidates do not participate in commencement.

Graduate Degree Conferral Requirements

To be eligible for a graduate degree from Elizabethtown College, a student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA at the time of graduation, must fulfill all program requirements, including but not limited to any professional clinical contributions/scholarly capstone projects as required by the program. 

Only students who have completed all academic requirements prior to commencement, including any student graduating in August or December of the previous academic year that did not participate in the prior commencement ceremony, and approved early participants will be invited to participate in the commencement ceremony held in May of the current academic year.

An “Application of Degree/Certificate” form, available in JayWeb, must be submitted electronically during the term prior to the student’s intended term of degree completion. 

Early Participation

Candidates who are not actually graduating may petition to indicate their desire to participate in Commencement and for verification of their status as a “member of the class.”

Undergraduate students, to be eligible for early participant (“EP”) status, students must have a 2.00 grade point average in both the major and overall, at the time of the ceremony and have no more than eight credit hours of course work remaining, regardless of total number of credits completed.

In addition, students are not eligible for Latin honors until all coursework has been completed. Honors are listed in the Commencement program only for those students who have graduated and those where the only remaining requirement is a non-credit clinical experience.

Graduate students, to be eligible for early participation status, must have a 3.00 grade point average at the time of the ceremony and must be enrolled in all remaining graduate level courses in the summer in which early participant status is granted. The number of outstanding credits may not exceed 6 credits, regardless of the total number of credits completed.

Students approved as early participants take part in Commencement with their class, have their name listed in the official program, and are called to the platform for recognition as members of the graduating class. They are not graduates and do not receive a diploma until they have successfully completed all requirements. Early participation applications are due to the Office of Registration and Records by February 1st and must include what, when, and where the remaining requirements will be completed. Following approval, students have two years from when they participate in commencement to complete the requirements and earn their degree and cannot change their major(s) declaration during this time from what was approved for EP status. Students not completing their degree during this grace period or as specified on the EP application will need to follow the Catalog requirements in effect during the year, they complete their degree (see “Other Requirements”).

Residency Requirements

Residency means courses/credits completed through Elizabethtown College. The minimum number of Elizabethtown College courses needed to satisfy the requirements varies depending on the program.

  • Associate degrees: Students must have at least 9 credits in their major and a minimum of 15 of the last 30 credits in the program overall from Elizabethtown College.
  • Baccalaureate degrees: A minimum of 30 of the last 60 credits must be taken from Elizabethtown College. Elizabethtown College credits must include 15 credits in the major, 9 of these must be upper division. The Core Program Capstone must be taken at Elizabethtown College.
  • Graduate degrees:  A minimum of 27 credits must be taken from Elizabethtown College.

To recognize completion of a minor on the transcript, a student must have completed at least six credits of the requirements at Elizabethtown College while enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program. These are the general requirements, but they may vary slightly by major. Students should refer to the policies in the catalog for their major and/or consult with their academic advisor.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate

Students are required to successfully complete all requirements of the major and the Core Program. The College does not guarantee graduation to any student who is unable to complete the requirements of a specific program or academic major.

In addition to their major, students have the option of pursuing a second major and/or one or more minors or certificates. Second majors must include at least 16 credits not included in the first major. For each minor, the student must complete at least eight credits that are not used to fulfill the requirements of the major(s) or another minor. For each certificate, the student must complete at least four credits that are not used to fulfill the requirements of the major(s) or minor(s) programs. Certificates are embedded with a bachelor’s degree program. They are not standalone programs. Only a notation of certificate completion will appear on the student’s transcript.

Second majors and minors represent additional knowledge and interest in areas outside the first major. Therefore, second majors and minors must be selected in disciplines outside the first major, and additional minors must be selected in disciplines outside the first minor. Major and minor disciplines are determined by the predominant course prefix of the major/minor course requirements.

Other Requirements

Graduation requirements are governed by the College Catalog dated four years prior to graduation or, for major or minor requirements, by the College Catalog in effect at the time of graduation if the student so chooses. For most students, this means they will follow the requirements of the Catalog in effect when they begin their studies at Elizabethtown College. Students who choose to change Catalog years for their major or minor to the one in effect at the time of graduation must inform their academic advisor and the Office of Registration and Records by the end of the fall semester of their senior year. Students may not use a combination of College Catalogs to complete a major or minor. Transfer students are subject to the requirements of the College Catalog in effect when they begin studies at Elizabethtown College or, for major requirements, the one in effect at the time of graduation.

Students may not normally use a College Catalog dated more than four years prior to graduation to determine requirements for a degree. The only exception to this is for students who have been continuously enrolled for more than four years.

Elizabethtown College will graduate only those students who meet the moral and financial obligations incurred in pursuit of their studies. The completion of the required number of credits does not in itself constitute eligibility for graduation. It is the responsibility of the candidate for a degree to make formal written application for the degree to the Office of Registration and Records by the stated deadline. Only students in good academic standing may apply for candidacy for degree conferral.

The Office of the President must be notified by any student who plans to graduate in absentia.

Academic Honors

Dean’s List

A full-time undergraduate student who earns a semester grade point average of 3.60 or better in 14 or more credit hours, of which at least 12 credits are letter-graded course work, is regarded by the College as having performed with distinction. The student is placed on the Dean’s List of Honor Students for the semester.

SGPS Dean’s List

To be eligible for the School’s Dean’s List, undergraduate students must complete nine graded credits in the fall semester and nine graded credits in the spring semester (for a total of 18 credits) and achieve a GPA of 3.60 or higher in each semester. The Dean’s List distinction is noted on a recipient’s transcript each summer.

Graduation (Latin) Honors
Undergraduate

At the time of graduation, an undergraduate student who has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.60 is graduated cum laude; of 3.75, magna cum laude; of 3.90, summa cum laude.

Bachelor’s degree students must keep honors’ residency requirements in mind when considering the option of taking credits at other institutions.

Graduate

Doctoral programs, graduate degrees, and certificates are excluded from this designation.

Honors in the Discipline

Undergraduate students enrolled through the School of Graduate and Professional Studies receive SGPS Honors with a 3.60 or higher GPA and a minimum of 30 credits with Elizabethtown College, but less than 60 credits, which is the residency requirement to receive Latin Honors. Students earning an associate degree with 3.60 or higher GPA receive SGPS Honors in the Discipline.

Withdrawal Policy 

(Effective November 28, 2023)

College Withdrawal (Voluntary)

Students who withdraw from the College during the active semester will also be withdrawn from all their courses for the duration of the semester, including any future sub-term/sub-session registrations. Students electing to withdraw from the College are required to submit the online ‘College Withdrawal Form” located in JayWeb.

Students who withdraw from the College without notification (not enrolled in at least one course in the subsequent semester – fall, spring, summer) will be recorded as voluntarily withdrawn from the college, and the associated exit date will be based on the students last date of attendance.   The student receives no refunds and may incur the full cost of enrollment.  Failure to comply with the withdrawal procedures may result in loss of the privilege of readmission/re-entry to the College and the right to the release of transcript of credits earned.  See the Institutional Refund Policy for more information about pro-rated refunds.

Elizabethtown College models the federal financial aid definition of academically related activities to determine last date of attendance.   For more information about the voluntary withdrawal process, contact your academic advising coordinator.

Students who were on academic contract and/or probation who wish to return to Elizabethtown College must petition Academic Standing Committee for return approval.

Medical Withdrawal (Voluntary)

A medical withdrawal for a physical health or mental health reason is defined as a withdrawal from the College for at least the remainder of the semester in which it is initiated. The withdrawal may extend through subsequent semesters (and all course sessions in those semesters) depending on the nature and course of the health concerns. The transcript will indicate “W” for all current courses.

A medical withdrawal for physical or mental health reasons is requested voluntarily by the student or the identified individual on the students FERPA release form and may be approved if, in the judgment of a licensed medical or mental health provider, it is determined to be in the best interest of the student. A Medical Withdrawal Documentation Form must be signed by the student and completed by the student’s treatment provider.

During a medical withdrawal, the College expects the student to participate in professional healthcare treatment with a licensed medical or mental health provider as the primary method of resolving or managing the health concerns which led to the medical withdrawal.

Prior to being considered for readmission by the College, the student must have his/her treatment provider submit the Medical Withdrawal Re-Entry Documentation Form to his/her academic advisor.

Students must also complete the Online Application for Readmission or Re-Entry available on the Office of Registration and Records webpage.

Students are also encouraged to consult with Financial Aid and the Business Office regarding implications for individual financial aid and the Institutional Refund Policy.

Involuntary Withdrawal

The Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies may impose an Involuntary Withdrawal when a student exhibits behavior that has not been appropriately resolved through the grievance process or is threatening to the safety and well-being of the college community.

Each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis through an individualized assessment of the student’s ability to safely participate in college programs. The school Dean will consult with

other college stakeholders as necessary to fully consider available medical knowledge and the observed, documented behavior which prompted the review to determine if a reasonable accommodation can be made or if a withdrawal is recommended.

If a withdrawal is recommended, the Dean will confer with the student to explain the advantages of a voluntary withdrawal or voluntary medical withdrawal and the conditions for re-entry which may include a medical clearance from a licensed physician or psychologist. If the student declines to take a voluntary withdrawal or voluntary medical withdrawal, the Dean may impose an involuntary withdrawal. The Dean will explain the implications for the student including the conditions for re-entry which may include a medical clearance from a licensed physician or psychologist.

During an Involuntary Withdrawal, the student is immediately administratively withdrawn from all classes. The transcript will indicate “W” for all currently enrolled courses. The student may be eligible for a refund according to the institutional refund policy.

In an emergency, the College will take immediate steps to protect the health, safety, and welfare of students, employees, and the campus community including the imposition of an Interim Separation by the Dean. The subsequent individual assessment may result in an Involuntary Withdrawal.

Appeal of an Involuntary Withdrawal

A decision to impose an Involuntary Withdrawal may be appealed by the student to the President within five (5) business days of the decision. Appeals should be in writing and include specific reasons for the appeal. The President has five (5) business days to review the information presented and inform the student in writing of a final decision. The President may uphold the decision of the school Dean, adjust the finding, refer the matter back to the Dean for additional consideration or reverse the decision and reinstate the student. The President’s decision is final.

Students who believe they may have been discriminated against on the basis of a disability can follow the grievance procedure at https://www.etown.edu/offices/disability/.

Academic Probation 

(Effective January 16, 2024)

Graduate students falling into the following categories at the end of each academic semester are placed on academic probation:

   Semester Hours           with      Cumulative Grade

   Attempted (Local)                   Point Average below:

   1-8                                                      2.7

   9 or more                                            3.0

Graduate Internships

(Effective February 20, 2024)

Graduate Program Internships are at the discretion of the Program Director. Only programs where an internship experience is listed as a program requirement or an elective will be considered. For more information, please speak to your academic advisor.

MSF 575 - Graduate Internship

(Effective February 20, 2024)

Variable (0.00 - 4.00) credits. A supplemental fieldwork experience that is intended to provide opportunities for clinical development to cover the breadth of field experiences that the student should have for entry level positions. This fieldwork is intended to be more intensive than a Level I fieldwork but not as comprehensive as Level II. A minimum time would be two weeks, but it is likely that the sites serving more involved clients will require a minimum of three weeks of full-time fieldwork to reach the target competency level.  Register by Instructor. Offered as needed. This course is repeatable for credit, provided it occurs in a different setting. Prerequisite(s): Bachelor’s Degree. 

Certificates

 

Higher Education Graduate Certificate

(Effective January 16, 2024)


The Higher Education certificate is a comprehensive program tailored to prepare future leaders and educators for excellence in teaching and leadership roles within higher education, training and development, and interdisciplinary industries. The certificate is meticulously crafted to provide the fundamental knowledge and competencies essential for working with adult learners in various settings, including in-person, online, and hybrid learning environments.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Promote effective instructional leadership through the strategic enhancement of professional development, capacity building, implementing a rigorous curriculum, high-quality instruction, and establishing robust assessment and accountability measures.
  • Foster a climate and culture of inclusive excellence by nurturing a community of care and support, promoting equity, cultural responsiveness, and holistic development.
  • Equip participants with the essential skills and knowledge required to thrive in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments.
  • Design learning experiences based on the unique characteristics and motivations of adult learners aligning with the theory of andragogy.

Required Courses:

Elective Courses (Choose two):

 

** The Higher Education Graduate Certificate will also be offered as a track in the Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate.

Inclusive and Equitable Education Certificate 

(Effective November 14, 2023)


Student Learning Outcomes for the Inclusive and Equitable Education Certificate:

Students will be able to:

  • Promote an inclusive atmosphere that respects and values all students’ unique diversity, backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments.
  • Equip educators with a deep understanding of inclusive teaching methodologies, strategies, and best practices to foster an inclusive and supportive face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning environment.
  • Foster continuous professional growth by staying updated with the latest research, trends, and innovations in inclusive education.
  • Enable teachers to adapt their teaching methods to meet the diverse needs of students.

The Inclusive and Equitable Education Certificate Requires:


(Effective November 14, 2023)

3.00 credits. Universal Design for Learning explores the principles and strategies for creating adaptable and accessible learning environments. This course is designed for those who wish to make education more equitable by accommodating the diverse needs and preferences of all learners, including those with disabilities. Participants will delve into UDL’s three guiding principles and learn how to apply these concepts to create flexible and effective instructional materials and practices, ensuring that education is accessible to everyone.

(Effective November 14, 2023)

3.00 credits. Foundations of Exceptional Students examines Special Education’s philosophical, historical, and legal underpinnings and a comprehensive exploration of inclusive education principles and practices. In addition, students will gain a better understanding of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the intricacies of student assessment, as well as the development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

Choose Two of the following electives:


 

***The IEE certificate will count as a Year One Requirement for the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction.

Courses

CS 540: Computer Programming Fundamentals 

Prerequisite added (Effective January 16, 2024)

3.00 credits. This course will provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary to construct, implement and revise computer programs. Attention will be placed on the overarching analytical and problem-solving skills needed to write and debug programs using JavaScript. *Prerequisite(s): CS 530.

Degrees

Master of Education in Curriculum and Intruction (M.Ed)

(Effective January 23, 2024)

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction will no longer require a current teaching certification (PA or other).

 

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)

(Effective January 23, 2024)

Applicants must submit a copy of current, valid Occupational Therapy License with the application or prior to the start of the two PP-OTD courses.

Additional PP-OTD concentration added:

Non-Profit Leadership

SGPS Academic Standing Committee

Effective April 2024, SGPS has implemented an Academic Standing Committee. The committee will review and advise on formal petitions relating to academic issues, academic performance, and exception to policy.