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Academic Policies and Regulations

Students are responsible for complying with all University-wide academic policies that apply to their individual academic status. Additional and unique policies, or exceptions, appear below.

(Note: The University is reviewing all school and college, major, and GPA requirements above 2.0.  Please refer to the electronic Bulletin for up-to-date information at

Courses Inapplicable to Certification

Students should be aware that the State of Pennsylvania requires a specific set of courses for certification. For this reason, some courses that a student may take may not count toward the courses that are required for certification recommendation. It is possible, for example, that a student may have accumulated enough credits to graduate but not have the appropriate courses to be recommended for certification. This is one of the reasons why it is mandatory to meet with an academic adviser at least once per semester.

Courses Inapplicable to Graduation

Credits from ROTC and preparatory courses do not count towards the total of 128 s.h. needed to graduate.

Courses Over Five Years Old

Courses over five years are subject to review to fulfill certification requirements.

Grades in Professional Education Courses

All professional education courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher, with the exception of Ed 0122 and Ed 0255, which require a C+ or higher. Students must be aware, however, that the State of Pennsylvania has significantly increased the minimum GPA required for certification. For this reason, obtaining the minimal grade of "C" will typically not be sufficient to obtain certification.

Graduation with Certification

In rare instances, a student who is unsuccessful in meeting certification program requirements or who has less than the required grade point average(s) may be graduated without certification, provided that selected additional requirements are met as recommended by the academic adviser and approved by the department chairperson and the Associate Dean.

Transfer within the College of Education

Students must be in good academic standing in their program if transfer to another program within the College of Education is to be approved. (To transfer to another program within the College of Education, a student must complete a Declaration of Change of Concentration form. This form is available in the Office of Student Services – Ritter Annex 238 -- and must be submitted, upon completion, to the Advising Office.)

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