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Program Completion Criteria

All students must successfully meet the following requirements to complete the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree:

  1. Complete 36 credit hours of graduation work in the program.
  2. Maintain a graduate cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above.
  3. File an application for degree form no later than the date specified.
  4. Complete and present a culminating project.
  5. Submit a written summary of the culminating project.


Time Limitations

A student is expected to complete the degree within seven years of beginning graduate study at Doane University. Credits taken in the program that were completed more than seven years prior to graduation are reviewed by the Dean or Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 

The criteria for accepting or rejecting these credits as a part of the student’s program are always based on the relevance of the material at the time of review. If the course is not accepted because the course material is no longer relevant, the student must then retake the appropriate graduate course(s) as part of the program of study, or in the case of elective courses, select additional electives.


Advisers assist students in developing programs of study, monitoring progress in the program, and assisting with program changes.  If you have any questions about your Curriculum and Instruction degree program or your endorsement program, please e-mail Deb Stuto at [email protected] or call (402) 467-9077.

Transfer of Credit Policy

A degree-seeking student in the Curriculum and Instruction Program may transfer up to 12 credit hours into the program. This credit must have been earned from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.

Any course considered for transfer is individually reviewed for recency and relevance of the material as it relates to best practice and theory at the time of review. Courses must be approved courses for graduate study in a graduate program leading to a degree from the granting institution before they will be transferred into the Doane program. Transfer credit should be work completed within seven years prior to application to the program.

The final determination on transfer credit is made by the Dean of Graduate Studies in Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Only graduate courses in which the student’s letter grade is "B-" or above may be considered for transfer credit and applied toward fulfilling degree and certification requirements. A maximum of six credits of courses with an earned grade of Pass or Credit may be transferred. All transfer courses are entered on the transcript with a grade of "P" (passed).

Refund Policy

Registration constitutes a financial contractual agreement between Doane University and the enrollee.  Each student must be aware of semester beginning dates, because tuition refunds are based on the semester dates instead of the beginning and ending dates of particular education graduate classes.  The first class meeting may be later than the deadline for any tuition refund, depending on the Doane University calendar.  Tuition and fee refunds are generally based on the last documents date of attendance or the official withdrawal date. 

Refund Information

Withdrawals Policy

The last day to drop or withdraw from a course is the earliest date of either the last day the course is sceduled to meet or October 31 for fall semester courses and March 31 for spring semester courses.  For summer courses that are offered on an intense week-long format, no drops or withdrawals are allowed after course begins.  The last date to drop/withdraw from summer online courses is June 15.  After these dates have passed a grade of "F" instead of a "W" will be awarded.

Graduate students are expected to complete courses for which they have registered, unless unusual circumstances require withdrawal.  Mere cessation of class attendance does not constitute withdrawal, either academically or with respect to tuition charges.

Additional Information

Student Handbook and Catalog

Contact for More Information

Program Contacts

Deb Stuto
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
[email protected]

Jennifer Sturgeon
Elementary Education Contact
[email protected]

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