Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ'S)
How do I know when I have been admitted to a degree program?
When the Office of Graduate Studies approves your program plan, your classification is changed to classified graduate and a copy of your approved program plan is mailed to you.
What is a program plan?
A program plan is a form your adviser completes and you sign which lists all of the required courses to complete your degree program. It must also be approved by the division chairperson and the Charter College of Education graduate dean.
When and how do I file for advancement to candidacy?
You file for candidacy in the Office of Graduate Studies as soon as you have completed 16 units of course work on your program plan with a GPA of 3.0 or above and have passed the WPE or filed a petition for exemption.
How do I make a change in my degree program plan?
You meet with your adviser to secure approval for a Course Substitution. The adviser completes and submits the required form.
How do I secure credit for courses I want to transfer into my program?
If your courses were taken on another campus, your adviser will file a Request for Course Level Evaluation with the Office of Admissions and Records. When this form is approved, the courses can be transferred into your program. Your adviser will determine which courses will be acceptable for transfer within the 13-unit restriction at the time your program is planned.
How do I secure an adviser?
Contact the office of the Division that offers the program you wish to enter. Offices post advisement schedules each quarter.
How do I apply to take comprehensive examinations?
Each division and program has guidelines and an application procedure for taking comprehensive examinations. You must be advanced to candidacy and meet GPA requirements before you can apply.
What if I want to write a thesis or do a project rather than take a comprehensive examination?
Each program in the Charter College of Education offers the thesis/project option. You select which option you intend to pursue when your program plan is designed by your adviser.
How do I secure a thesis or project faculty chairperson and committee?
Your adviser will assist you with this process. Be sure to obtain and read carefully the Charter College of Education Guidelines for Students Preparing Theses or Projects and the university and program guidelines so that you understand clearly what is required at the beginning of your program.
What if I want to pursue a credential at the same time I am enrolled in a master's degree program?
Many students do this. You must apply separately for a master's degree program and a credential program even though in some programs the coursework for both overlaps. A degree program is governed by the university, but a credential program is governed by the Commission on Teacher credentialing. Different requirements apply. Be sure your program adviser understands you wish to pursue both at the time your program is planned.
For questions about your approved degree program plan, advancement to candidacy, course substitutions, transfer courses, Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), application for graduation, or questions about master's degree programs contact the Charter College of Education Office of Graduate Studies:
|Dr. Diane Fazzi||Associate Dean, Charter College of Education|
| Erica Bautista||Administrative Analyst Specialist/Assistant to the Associate Dean|
Location: KH D2070
For questions about application to the Charter College of Education, credential program admission and advisement, application to credential programs, CBEST (BSR)/CSET or other testing required, your official student file, applications for directed teaching, internship credentials, or any questions concerning application and fees for California CTC -approved credentials, contact the Charter College of Education Office of Student Services.
| Agustin Cervantes||Director for Student Services|
| Joanna Grey-Perez||Office Manager|
Location: KH D2078