ADMISSION TO PERU STATE COLLEGE GRADUATE PROGRAMS AND CHECKPOINT REQUIREMENTS
Please pay special attention to the checkpoints listed in this document. Completing these in a timely manner will assist you in progressing through the program.
CHECKPOINT #1 - Prior to Enrollment
Admission to Peru State College
The criteria and materials listed below must be submitted by degree-seeking candidates prior to the completion of the first semester of coursework. Decisions regarding full graduate standing will be based upon these criteria and materials.
Applicants will be provided notice of their conditional, probation, or full admission by written communication from Peru State College's Admissions Office. Each applicant will be considered for admission without reference to race, color, religion, gender, nationality, disability, age, marital status, or sexual orientation.
Students admitted on a conditional admit status may register for classes for the semester noted in the application to be admitted. If the documents to receive full admit status are not received by the end of the semester the student begins completing courses, the student will be restricted from registering for future courses until all documents have been submitted.
Students admitted on a probation admit status may register for classes for the semester noted in the application to be admitted. When a student has displayed successful competency by completion of 12 credit hours with a 3.0 or higher grade point average the probation admis status will be changed to full admit status upon approval by the Dean of Graduate Programs.
Following are the criteria and materials that must be submitted in order to be admitted to the graduate program. Materials should be directed to the Graduate Admissions Office, Peru State College, P.O. Box 10, Peru, NE 68421.
- Completed online Application for Admission form.
- Official transcript verifying possession of an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college or university. Full admission requires an overall minimum grade point average of 3.00 in a 4.00 system. If an applicant wants to have a transcript evaluated for transfer graduate credit, that transcript must also be submitted, and the student must submit a Transfer Credit Request form to the Graduate Programs Office to request transfer credit consideration.
- Two recommendation forms addressing personal qualifications and potential for graduate school success, including one from a direct supervisor/principal. Recommendations from a relative is not appropriate.
- Professional resume
- Copy of teaching certificate
Students must also complete the online orientation.
CHECKPOINT #2: - after completing 18-24 credit hours of coursework
Admission to Graduate Candidacy
Between the completion of 18 to 24 hours of graduate courses (including Educ 512, Educ 600, and Educ 601), candidates shall submit the Application for Admission to Candidacy to the Graduate Programs Office, Peru State College, P.O. Box 10, Peru, NE 68421.
At this checkpoint, the candidate is expected to:
- Successfully complete Educ 512-Technology and Mediated Instruction, Educ 600-Sociology of Education, and Educ 601-Study Design and Data Collection.
- Student must have full admit status and have all required admission documents submitted and on file with the Peru State Graduate Admissions Office for the MSED graduate program.
- Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Submit a plan and program of study for remaining coursework for approval by the Dean of Graduate Programs. The program of study form is located under forms & documents.
- Successfully submit the LiveText portfolio for candidacy approval (must receive 60% or higher score).
Completion of Program and Conferring of Degree
Students must submit the Application for Graduation and the associated application fee to be considered as a candidate for the degree.
Candidates shall submit the Application for Graduation and the associated application fee (currently $40.00) to the Graduate Programs Office, Peru State College, P.O. Box 10, Peru, NE 68421.
At this final program checkpoint, the candidate is expected to:
- Successfully complete all coursework and program requirements, as verified and approved by the Dean of Graduate Programs.
- Submit an Application for Graduation form and the associated fee.
- Successfully complete and submit the LiveText portfolio for graduation approval (must receive 80% or higher score).
- Complete the program exit survey.
Applications for Graduation must be received by the Graduate Programs Office by the following dates; otherwise, student graduation may delayed to the next consecutive graduation date:
- October 1 - for students planning to graduate the following May or August
- March 1 - for students planning to graduate the following December
Graduation dates follow the last day of each semester/summer term in May, August, December. Peru State College holds one commencement ceremony in May. August graduates may participate in the prior or following May commencement ceremony. December graduates may participate in the following May commencement ceremony.
All requirements for the Master of Science degree must be completed within a period of seven years from the date the student registers for the first graduate course applicable toward his/her degree.
Transfer of Credit Hours
Up to 6 graduate credit hours earned at an accredited institution can be applied toward the Master of Science in Education degree provided:
- the credit hours earned are graded "B" or above;
- the credit hours would count toward a graduate degree program at the college or university where earned; and
- the credit hours have been approved by the Dean of Graduate Programs prior to the student beginning his/her graduate program at Peru State College. Credit hours taken prior to admission to the graduate program at Peru State College must fall within the 7-year time frame allowed for program completion.
Submit the Transfer Credit Request form to the Graduate Programs Office prior to beginning your program of study with Peru State College. Students request that an official transcript be sent to the Graduate Programs office.
A residency period is not required for the Master of Science in Education degree. However, a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework must be taken through the Nebraska State College System and at least seven (7) of all courses must be taken at Peru State and must be included in the student's program of study.
Grade Policy - Grades
The degree student shall maintain a grade point average of no less than 3.0 and a grade of "C" or higher in all courses on the Program of Study. A maximum of 6 credit hours of "C" will be accepted on the approved Program of Study. Failure to maintain an adequate grade point average shall result in administrative removal from the program.
Incomplete Grade Policy
To designate a student's work in a course as incomplete at the end of a term, instructors use the incomplete grade of (I). Students may receive this grade, however, only when serious illness, hardship, death in the immediate family, or call to military service during the semester in which they are registered prevents them from completing course requirements. In addition, to receive an incomplete, a student must have completed a majority of the course's major requirements.
Unless extenuating circumstances dictate otherwise, students must initiate requests for an incomplete by filling out an Incomplete Grade Completion Contract which requires the student and faculty signatures. The faculty member will record an incomplete (I) on the end of the semester grade sheet.
The Incomplete Grade Completion Contract cites the reason(s) for the incomplete and details the specific obligations the student must meet to change the incomplete to a letter grade. If the student agrees to complete required work prior to the normal deadline for making up an incomplete, which is no later than the end of the subsequent semester, this date must appear in the contract. The Dean of Graduate Programs, the instructor, and the student receive signed copies of the Incomplete Grade Completion Contract.
Even if the student does not register to attend Peru State College during the subsequent semester, all incomplete coursework must be completed by no later than the end of such semester. Unless the Dean of Graduate Programs approves an extension, if the student does not fulfill contract obligations in the allotted time, the incomplete grade automatically becomes an F.
- The student and instructor must complete a contract for "Incomplete" coursework indicating the reason(s) for the "Incomplete" grade and describing the work remaining before a letter grade may be assigned. The contact is then submitted to the Dean of Graduate Programs for approval.
- The grade of "Incomplete" is submitted by the instructor to the Student Records Office.
- All unfinished work must be completed and the grade submitted to the Dean of Graduate Programs within the next academic term (not including summer session).