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 EdD (Distance Education) program.
An EdD student is considered to be in good standing if ALL of the following conditions are met:
Students are expected to complete the EdD 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.
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.
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 EdD program. Conditions or circumstances, such as the following, are legitimate reasons for requesting a deferral:
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.
A student may be withdrawn from the EdD program if ANY of the following conditions are present:
The Official Transcript will indicate that the student was withdrawn from the program.
The decision to withdraw a student from the EdD program will be made by the Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, in consultation with the Director, Centre for Distance Education.
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.
The decision to approve a Course Re-register will be made by the Director, Centre for Distance Education.
In the event a student has withdrawn voluntarily or been withdrawn from the program, the student may re-apply to the EdD 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.
Updated May 29 2017 by DE