A. Master’s Degrees: at least 30 credits. (see 9.21 for approved list)
B. Specialization: at least 30 credits beyond the Master’s degree. May be earned in:
1. Education – Principal Licensure/Superintendent Licensure (ED.S)
C. Doctoral Degree: May be earned in:
1. Physical Therapy (DPT) – 111 credits
2. Education (ED.D) – at least 60 credits
D. Certificate is a package of courses available for credit but not typically fulfilling
graduation requirements for, e.g., an emphasis.
E. Emphasis consists of twelve to sixteen credits taken in courses in one area or related
areas of study prescribed in the university catalog.
F. Church certification consists of a course of study that leads to certification for
commissioned ministries in the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (DCE, DPM, DCO, and
G. Credit consists of a semester hour credit.
H. Independent study is an educational experience offered for credit outside the regularly
I. Cohort is normally a group of 12 – 15 learners who move through the whole course of
study in a program together.
1. Each DPT class is 30 students.
J. Graduate Student status
1. “Full-time Graduate Students” are students who have been formally accepted into a
graduate degree program and enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits in a semester.
2. “Half-time Graduate Students” are students who have been formally accepted into
a graduate degree program and are enrolled in 3 – 5 credits in a semester.”
3. “Visiting students” are those students who have registered for graduate courses
but have not been admitted to a program.
4. Students who have not completed all admission requirements for degree- seeking
status may register as visiting students until these requirements have been met.
K. Offering means that the course or specialization has been approved by the appropriate
faculty unit(s) and is taught by Concordia University, St. Paul, faculty.
L. Licensure Programs are courses of study that lead to teaching, principal, or
superintendent licensure or church work certification (DCE, DPM, DCO, ED.S) or
licensure to practice (DPT).
M. Faculty who meet the following criteria will be designated as graduate faculty, be eligible
to serve on the graduate committee, and have voting privileges in plenary meetings:
1. Graduate faculty will annually be designated by the Vice President for Academic
Affairs, in consultation with the Associate Vice-President for Graduate Studies,
and each of the Collegiate Deans.
2. Faculty not meeting the 3rd criteria (below) for Graduate Faculty status must
provide an action plan to the Collegiate Dean and the AVP for Graduate Studies.
Upon receipt, the faculty member will be granted one year probationary status.
3. The procedure to regain Graduate Faculty status is to present evidence of the
terminal degree, graduate level teaching workload, and research or scholarship in
the field or discipline (curriculum vitae) to the Collegiate Dean and AVP for
Designated Graduate Faculty must meet all of the following 3 criteria:
1. Graduate faculty must hold a terminal degree in an appropriate field of study or
at minimum a master’s degree or clinical specialization in an appropriate field of
study plus a demonstrated minimum of 10,000 hours of professional experience
in the discipline and relevant to the course(s) they are teaching. Determination of
“demonstrated professional experience” is made by the program coordinator and
associate vice president for graduate studies with final approval from the vice
president for academic affairs. Graduate faculty are expected to meet the
qualifications set up by relevant accrediting bodies.
2. Graduate faculty will teach graduate level courses on a regular basis or be
administratively responsible for an approved graduate program (see FH 9.21).
3. Graduate faculty must be active in research appropriate to the field or
discipline. Documentation of research should be submitted to the Graduate
School regularly through the scholarship data base (See FH 2.72).
Graduate Faculty should meet the following criteria in an ongoing manner:
1. Graduate faculty must have significant professional experience related to degree
program or courses of study.
2. Faculty will possess appropriate current experience in graduate level teaching.
3. Graduate faculty must advise graduate students and be willing to serve on
graduate student capstone committees.
4. Graduate faculty may serve as members of the graduate Policies
N. Service Loads for graduate faculty will normally be computed in the faculty members’
regular workload. Service loads and overloads for graduate faculty will be coordinated
between the deans of the colleges.
O. Prospectus is an abbreviated syllabus, a brief proposal for a newly developed course.
The prime objective of the prospectus is to give the rationale and purpose of the course
in terms of program and student needs.
The prospectus should include the following information:
1. Course title and number, course description, and number of credits
3. Rationale for the course in the specific program or curriculum
4. Specific objectives of the course and its relationship to the department, college
5. Outline of units
6. Course assessment procedures
7. Bibliography of learning materials: texts, course materials, library resources
8. Date of prospectus approval by the department and the dean of the college.
P. Syllabus is a cognitive map or blueprint for a course. It is to include the objectives for the
course, the means by which the objectives are to be achieved, and the assessment
procedures for measuring the achievement of the objectives. The syllabus should include
the topics and use the format that follows:
I. The mission of the university: The mission of Concordia University, a
university of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, is to prepare students for
thoughtful and informed living, for dedicated service to God and humanity,
and for enlightened care of God’s creation, all within the context of the
II. Course number; section number; course title
IV. Credit hours
V. Contact hours per week: number of lectures, laboratories, individualized
instruction, conference, clinics, field placements, co-op hours; chat, etc.
VI. Instructor’s name, office location, college telephone numbers and
instructor’s extension number, voice mail, e-mail and fax numbers
VII. Office/contact hours
VIII. University catalog course description
IX. Instructor’s course description (optional)
X. Instructional goals and objectives
XI. Student goals and objectives (optional)
XII. Instructor’s educational philosophy (optional)
XIII. Teaching procedures (optional)
XIV. Attendance and tardiness policies
XV. Classroom atmosphere
XVI. Required texts (annotated list optional)
XVII. Supplementary reading: material on reserve or recommended reading
XVIII. Assessment. Criteria for student grading; explanation of instructor’s
evaluation instruments: class participation, quizzes, tests, papers, reports,
labs, projects, chat rooms, bulletin boards; policies on late assignments;
makeup, work for extra credit, plagiarism; students with disabilities
XIX. Support services: libraries; labs, tutors, transfer, career and personal
counseling; Campus Ministry; advisors
XX. Course outline
XXI. Extras: grade-recording sheet, student sign-off sheet, letter to students,
textbook preview, calendar, maps, timelines
XXII. Course Administration Information (e.g., maximum number of students,
specific classroom or other facility requirements)
Q. Course numbering for graduate credit will be indicated by a 500 or higher designation.
In courses designated undergraduate/graduate there shall be a section of the syllabus
clearly designating graduate requirements.
1. DPT, ED.S. and ED.D. program courses will be indicated by a 7000 or higher
O. Course delivery methods for programs:
CLASSROOM or ONSITE DELIVERY: Courses offered in a classroom setting where
students and instructors meet face-to-face on published dates. Course management
software may be used to supplement resources, report student progress, etc. An
online assignment or substitute activity does not constitute a significant portion of
DISTANCE or ONLINE DELIVERY: Courses are specifically designed for and structured
around course management software (e.g. WebCT, Blackboard). Students are not
expected to meet together for learning activities. (A program residency, even with a
course component, does not change the ONLINE nature of the program.).
BLENDED DELIVERY: Each course in the program has designated ONSITE and ONLINE
weeks of activity. Because of the specialized content of certain courses, a few courses
may be entirely ONSITE or entirely ONLINE.
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