School of Education Independent Study Contracts

The following shows the step-by-step process to complete the IDS contract. These steps reflect the change from 5 steps to 4 steps, approved by the SOE Curriculum Committee in 2017. Also approved then was that IDS projects are subject to an additional fee except for doctoral students fulfilling elective credits.

Independent study contracts must be processed before the add/drop deadline. Preferably before the start of the semester.  It is important to note that IDS contracts take about 2 weeks to process. If a contract is submitted the day before an add/drop deadline, the contract will NOT be processed in time. Please plan in advance. Refer to the academic calendar for specific dates.

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·         No more than 12 independent study credits can be counted toward a degree.

·         Credit for a single course or area of study ranges from 1 to 4 credit hours.

·         IDS projects are arranged only under the following circumstances:

1.       To investigate topics not offered in the catalog;

2.       For catalog courses not currently offered;

3.       For catalog courses not available in the student’s geographical area and not offered in the region within three months of the end of the core program or date of request.

IDS Contract

Step 1

1) Student consults with Academic Advisor:

*Student should consult with Academic Advisor at least a month before the of the term to discuss options. 

*Advisor checks how many IDSs the student has had (no more than 12 IDS credit hours are allowed).

* Advisor informs the student when the add/drop due date is for the semester the IDS project is planned for.

 

Step 2

2) Student develops an independent study contract with the faculty who agrees to oversee the project.

*Consultation with the faculty member should occur at least a month before the beginning of the term. 

* The student and faculty create a comprehensive syllabus with specific course requirements (i.e., the number of meetings, readings, examinations, etc). 

* The student gathers the faculty's signature on the IDS request form.

IDS Contract

*One form per course

Step 3

3) The contract must be reviewed and signed by the appropriate Department Chair prior to course registration or beginning any work:

* The student and faculty create a comprehensive syllabus with specific course requirements (i.e., the number of meetings, readings, examinations, etc)

* The student gathers the faculty's signature on the IDS request form.

Step 4

4) The contract is signed by the Dean or Associate Dean:

* Associate Dean, Hideko Sera, thoroughly reviews both syllabus and IDS contract.

* Once the contract is signed, it is forwarded/processed by The Office of Student Success academic advisor

Allow 1-2 weeks for the IDS course to appear in Student Planning Systems.