Degree Completion Requirements

Degree Completion Requirements - M.Ed. and Ed.S.

  1. Credits must be earned in courses numbered 7000 or above. Continuing education courses and non-graded courses (except EDUC7598C Seminar: Action Research and EDUC7500 Introduction to Online Learning) do not apply toward the degree.
  2. A maximum of 25 percent of the credits required for the degree may be transferred from other institutions (up to 33 percent for a degree granted from NNU) upon approval by the program director. Transfer credits must have been earned within four years preceding the date of admission to NNUís program.  Exceptions must be approved by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.
  3. The candidate must complete requirements as specified in the degree major. The degree must be completed within six years following the candidateís acceptance into the program. If the degree is not completed within six years, the candidate must reapply to the program. Credits older than six years may need to be retaken.
  4. The candidate must complete an action research project as required by the EDUC7518 and EDUC7598C classes. Candidates who have completed an equivalent action research project to fulfill a master's degree requirement should contact the program director regarding possible course transfers or waivers.
  5. The candidate must perform satisfactorily on the comprehensive examination. Candidates in the Curriculum and Instruction Online, Exceptional Child, and Reading Online Programs will complete an electronic portfolio in lieu of a comprehensive examination.
  6. The candidate must apply for graduation one full semester prior to anticipated degree completion. Deadlines: June 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring; and January 15 for Summer.

Degree Completion Requirements - Ed.D.

  1. A maximum of 25 percent of the 60 credits required for the degree may be transferred from other institutions (up to 33 percent for a degree granted from NNU) upon approval by the program director. Transfer credits must have been earned within four years preceding the date of admission to NNUís program. Exceptions must be approved by the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.
  2. At least 30 credits must be earned in courses numbered 9000 or above. Continuing education courses and non-graded courses do not apply toward those 30 credits.
  3. The candidate must complete requirements as specified in the degree major. The degree must be completed within six years following the candidateís acceptance into the program. If the degree is not completed within six years, the candidate must reapply to the program. Credits older than six years may need to be retaken.
  4. The candidate must successfully complete a dissertation proposal, which includes obtaining approval for research from the Human Research Review Committee (HRRC).
  5. The candidate must complete a dissertation and successfully defend that work in an oral defense or examination involving the student, the dissertation committee, the program director, and any other evaluators the program director may include. This requirement must be complete for the candidate to participate in the current year's commencement ceremony.
  6. The candidate must apply for graduation one full semester prior to anticipated degree completion. Deadlines: June 1 for Fall; October 1 for Spring; and January 15 for Summer.