Advancement to Candidacy

In order to be formally advanced to candidacy, a student must have:

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Completed with a grade point average of 3.0 ("B"), 12 quarter units of course work at least eight of which must have been on this campus and approved by an advisor in the College of Education;

    Note: Between the time of completing 15 units and 23 units of applicable course work the student is required to apply for advancement to candidacy.

  3. Secured approval of candidacy from the College of Education;
  4. Filed an approved graduate program for completion of the degree. This must be prepared in consultation with an advisor in the College of Education and approved by the program coordinator.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 48 quarter units of acceptable work, with 35 completed in residence at this university;
  2. A minimum of 23 quarter units of credit taken after a student has been advanced to candidacy for the degree;
  3. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") in course work taken to satisfy the Master of Arts degree requirements and grades of "C" (2.0) or better in all courses in the program;
  4. Successful completion of A or B below:
    1. ERDG 999. Comprehensive Examination (0),
      • ERDG 643. Critical Issues in Intermediate Reading and Writing (4)
    2. EDUC 600. Master's Degree Project (4);
  5. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of ERDG 631;
  6. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed on Page 368.

A satisfactory project is one which can be reported in the form of a paper and/or through other media. The project proposal and the project must be approved by the student's advisor and one other professor in the College of Education and submitted in an approved format. Further information is available in the Graduate Thesis and Project Handbook available in the Coyote Bookstore. Students who elect to complete a project are not required to take a comprehensive examination.

Students will be encouraged to present projects in a variety of media. The purpose of the project is for the student to communicate ideas gained in research, experimentation and creative endeavors; therefore, students should not feel bound to the traditional forms. All projects will be planned in consultation with the student's advisor.

The comprehensive examination is of an integrative nature and is designed to test the student's knowledge of the field of reading/language arts rather than the subject matter of courses taken. The examination in reading/language arts is offered once each quarter. The student may enroll in the examination no earlier than the last quarter in which course work is taken. The student must complete a graduation check with the Office of Records, Registration and Evaluations before permission to take the examination can be granted. Students who do not receive a passing score may petition the College of Education to retake the examination or any part of it. Students who do not receive a passing score the second time must petition the Dean of Graduate Studies to take it again. Approval to retake the examination may be, at any time, contingent upon completion of additional designated courses.

The program may not include more than 13 quarter units in approved extension and transfer courses from other colleges. California State University, San Bernardino will not consider for transfer credit course work from an institution which will not accept that work in its own advanced degree program.

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