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2018-2019 Catalog

College of Education and Human Services Graduate Academic Policies

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. This expectation includes following the University Academic Integrity Code and the professional code of conduct in the College. Under the Academic Integrity Code, when misconduct is discovered, the instructor may take one or more actions, including recommending the student’s dismissal from the program.

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Course Validation

Course work completed at UNF more than five years prior to the completion of a master’s degree program may not be applied toward that program unless validated. Course work completed at other institutions more than five years prior to the completion of a graduate degree may not be applied toward any program. UNF course work which has exceeded the five-year time limit may be considered for validation by the following procedures:

  1. Permission of the appropriate department chair must be requested in writing by the student.
  2. The department chair will review the request and either permit or deny the validation request. If permission is granted, the chair will assign the appropriate person(s) within the program for the student to contact to initiate the validation process.
  3. The program faculty member responsible for the validation process may choose to: 
    a.) have the student attend the class and take the exams; or 
    b.) assign selected readings and/or a text, then interview the student informally to determine if the student’s knowledge is current and/or give the student a written assignment or exam to assess the student's competence in the area; or 
    c.) a combination of a and b above.
  4. If a student successfully completes the validation process, the faculty member will write a memorandum for the student’s file that indicates that the course has been validated and that it is acceptable for inclusion in the program of study.

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Credit Transfers

Acceptance of transferred credit for the master’s degree is at the discretion of the faculty advisor and the department chairperson, with the approval of the dean of the College of Education and Human Services. The grade for each course must be at least a “B.” Such work must have been completed within the previous five years at an institution which offers a master’s degree and is accredited by a regional accrediting association and/or approved by the Florida Department of Education for graduate-level teacher preparation or preparation as a human services provider. Generally speaking, only 6 graduate credits may be transferred into a student's program of study.  Under special circumstances, a student may petition to have more credits accepted. The Graduate School limits the number of credits that may be transferred to no more than 40% percent of the total degree requirements.  However, students should check with their faculty advisor and the department chair about the appropriateness of courses to be transferred. Graduate students admitted into the College of Education and Human Services must take their required course work at UNF and are not authorized to take classes at another college or university unless the course needed is not being offered at UNF for the semester needed and it is necessary in order to graduate or, the course is part of a cognate developed in consultation with the program sponsor and is not offered at UNF.  In this instance approval of the faculty advisor, the chair and the Dean of the College of Education are required.  Students are limited to 6 total graduate transfer credits or 20% of the total degree requirements which ever is greater.  Students may not take classes at another institution during their final semester at UNF.

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Directed Independent Study

The purpose of an independent study is to allow a student to pursue an in-depth study of a topic under the direction of a College of Education and Human Services faculty member. Regularly offered courses typically involve classroom interaction and normally are not available as directed independent studies. Interested students should contact the individual professor.

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Satsifactory Academic Progress

Graduate students in the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida must maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher to remain in good academic standing.  Any student whose grade point average falls (GPA) below the 3.0 will be placed on probationary status and may be subject to appropriate remediation or, failing to raise said grade point average within one semester, dismissed from their respective program.  COEHS graduate students may not count any course grade below a B- toward their degree plan.  Students seeking an exception to this rule must petition the appropriate Department or Program Chair in writing for acceptance of the course grade toward graduation credit. 

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