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Athabasca University

Doctor of Education in Distance Education

Policies & Guidelines

The Faculty of Graduate Studies establishes policies with regard to program operations and standards as well as student progress and achievement. The Centre for Distance Education tailors these general policies to reflect the unique needs and characteristics of the graduate programs being offered. The following policies apply to the Ed. D. (Distance Education) program.

In Good Standing

An Ed. D. student is considered to be in good standing if ALL of the following conditions are met:

  1. The student has completed (or is in the process of completing) two courses in each of years 1 and 2.
  2. The student has no more than one grade of B-.
  3. Program and tuition fees are paid in full.

Program Extension

Students are expected to complete the Ed. D. program in five years. If additional time is required and there is reasonable certainty that the student will complete the program, the student may apply for a Program Extension.

Extensions are granted for up to one year. During the time of the extension, the student is required to pay the Program Fee (or portion thereof).

The decision to approve a Program Extension will be made by the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Course Extension

In the event that a student is unable to complete an EDDE course within the time allotted, the student may request an extension, provided the instructor is in agreement and that there are legitimate reasons for requesting the extension. Extensions are granted for a two-month period. Only one extension will be permitted. The student is required to pay the Course Extension Fee (or portion thereof).

The decision to approve a course extension will be made by the Director, Centre for Distance Education.

Program Deferral (Leave of Absence)

In the event that serious or unusual conditions prevent a student from meeting the program requirements (e.g. two courses per year, progress on dissertation research), a student may apply for a deferral or leave of absence from the Ed. D. program. Conditions or circumstances, such as the following, are legitimate reasons for requesting a deferral:

  1. Serious illness or medical/psychiatric conditions – self or family member
  2. Pregnancy, adoption, infant care – either parent or designated care giver
  3. Family care giving responsibilities
  4. Military or political service.

Normally, having multiple responsibilities and demands on the student’s time will not be considered sufficient for requesting a deferral, as such circumstances are common for many adult learners.

The period of time covered by the deferral will NOT count toward the total time in the program. The student is NOT required to pay the Program Fee (or portion thereof) for the time of the deferral.

The decision to approve a Program Deferral will be made by the Director, Centre for Distance Education.

Program Withdrawal

A student may be withdrawn from the Ed. D. program if ANY of the following conditions are present:

  1. The student has received a grade lower than B- in an EDDE course.
  2. The student has received two grades of B- in EDDE courses.
  3. The student has not completed two courses in each of years 1 and 2, or
  4. Program and tuition fees are not paid in full.

The Official Transcript will indicate that the student was withdrawn from the program.

The decision to withdraw a student from the Ed. D. program will be made by the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the Director, Centre for Distance Education.

Repeating a Course (Re-Enrollment)

In the event a student receives a grade of B- in an EDDE course, the student may request to register in the course again, after consultation with the student’s interim supervisor, provided that the student is in good standing and pays the tuition fee for the course.

a) The Official Transcript will indicate both course registrations and grades.

b) Students can re-take a course only once.

The decision to approve a Course Re-register will be made by the Director, Centre for Distance Education.

Re-Application to the Ed. D. Program

In the event a student has withdrawn voluntarily or been withdrawn from the program, the student may re-apply to the Ed. D. program after at least one (1) year has elapsed since the time of withdrawal.

In accordance with Athabasca University regulations, an expelled student is not permitted to re-apply to any program.

 

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Last updated by MK May 21, 2014

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