General Information The Fredrikson School of Education is nationally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to offer graduate educator preparation programs leading to the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with five major areas of concentration and the Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with two major areas of concentration. Future accreditation will be determined by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Additionally, the Fredrikson School of Education offers an extensive workshop program focused on professional development for K-12 educators.
Mission The USF Roger and Ruth Fredrikson School of Education prepares educators with the knowledge, skills and dispositions requisite to achieve lifelong learning for all students.
Admission Procedures Students who desire to apply for admission into a graduate program must submit the following items to the Director of Graduate Programs in Education: •
a formal application;
official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work;
r ecommendation forms from three professional and personal references; and
supporting data as designated within the application form.
If a student does not meet the minimum criteria for acceptance, an application may be submitted to the Director of Graduate Programs in Education for consideration to be admitted with provisional matriculation. Inquiries regarding this process should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Programs in Education. International applicants must submit verification of approved and acceptable visa status. For individuals seeking student visa status, acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) are required before admission to the Graduate Program is granted. Visa information and processes will be completed through the USF Admissions and Financial Aid offices. All expenses of taking the test and obtaining a visa are to be borne by the applicant. USF does not discriminate against qualified students on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin, physical handicap or age.
Financial Aid Graduate students may be eligible to receive federal financial aid if they are enrolled in at least 4.5 credit hours of required coursework per term. During fall and spring semesters, typical plans of study are set up for only 2-3 credit hours; therefore, students may not be eligible for aid during those semesters. A monthly payment plan or private alternative loan options may be available for students during those times. Graduate students interested in federal financial aid must be
accepted into a USF graduate education program and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Other sources of financial assistance may include employer tuition assistance/reimbursement and veterans’ benefits if eligible. Students receiving these types of assistance need to notify the Financial Aid Office and complete additional USF paperwork. Payment is due on or before the first day of each term. The FAFSA application, employer paperwork, loan applications or payment plans must be prepared and submitted in advance. For additional information about graduate financial aid, contact the USF Financial Aid Office at (605) 331-6623.
Transfer of Credits Nine semester hours of graduate credit earned at other accredited, degree-granting institutions may be transferred into a graduate program at the University of Sioux Falls. However, the Director of Graduate Programs in Education must analyze official transcripts and make the final determination of course transfer eligibility. In some cases, due to course replication or redundancy there may be an exception to the nine semester hour limitation of transfer credits. In using transfer credits for reading specialization, additional and ongoing supporting coursework is expected to ensure up-to-date knowledge of effective practices in reading instruction. The Director will make determinations based on program requirements as aligned to accreditation standards and in keeping with the University's program characteristics and integrity. Specific questions regarding transfer credits should be addressed to the Director of Graduate Programs in Education. Transfer allowances are determined on a case-by-case basis and may reflect changes in the catalog, state or university requirements, and /or updated curriculum specifications.
Commencement Graduate students who anticipate completing their program(s) in spring or summer must submit an application to the Registrar in early February (see graduation information on Registrar webpage for specific date) to be eligible for graduation in May. Commencement ceremonies are only held in the spring at which time diplomas are awarded publicly. Those who anticipate finishing all coursework at the end of fall semester and who would like to have a conferred degree noted on their transcripts prior to the spring commencement, must apply in early September (see graduation information on Registrar webpage for specific date) for graduation in December (even though no ceremony will be held at that time). Students must file an application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar and will be billed for fees related to graduation processes and documents. Students who will complete their last classes in the summer semester may participate in commencement ceremonies, but will not receive transcripts or documents indicating that they have graduated until all official coursework and requirements are completed.
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2015-2017 academic catalog for the University of Sioux Falls.