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Waiving EDUC Courses


The Office of Research Services manages the EDUC research methods and statistics courses offered in the College of Education & Human Services. Occasionally, graduate students have taken similar courses at other institutions or covered the material included in these courses through completion of a thesis, writing a manuscript, or other project/endeavor and, therefore, seek to waive such courses from their programs of study.

If a student is seeking a waiver of EDUC courses, please follow these steps: 

  • The student should consult with his or her chair or advisor (and other committee members if needed) about previous coursework and courses that could potentially be waived;
  • If there is potential for required research methods or statistics courses to be waived, the student and chair should email the Interim Associate Dean for Research at (students should CC their chair on correspondences) with a description of the courses in question and a request to review prior coursework/materials. Please include electronic copies of relevant syllabi or thesis/manuscript, and a transcript;
  • The Associate Dean for Research will review these materials and formulate a recommendation regarding comparability of prior experiences/training with current EDUC course offerings and content. Because these requests are handled on an individual basis, a full course waiver will be recommended in some cases, but in others, a revalidation of course mastery will be recommended through independent study or other means;
  • After the recommendation has been communicated to both the student and his or her chair, it is up to the student’s chair or committee to make a determination as to a course of action.