USF College of Education Graduate Student Orientation Presentation
Welcome to the College of Education Graduate Online Orientation presented by the College of Education Graduate Support Office. Congratulations on your admission! The mission of the Graduate support office is to provide advising and administrative support to the College of Education’s graduate community and its partners to foster an environment of student success and academic excellence This graphic illustrates some of the key people and units that make up our graduate community. These are the major functions of the Graduate Support Office which include presenting orientation activities for new students. You’re all successfully balancing other areas in your busy lives. Adding your Graduate Studies to the mix can make things a little more challenging but ultimately quite rewarding. The purpose of this orientation program is to introduce you to the resources available to you as a student as well as the responsibilities you will need to attend to in addition to your classroom work. This presentation will take you through six important steps to a successful journey as a graduate student in the College of Education. Your academic department is a vital resource to you in completing your degree on time The participation of your department is required for many of the processes and procedures that will be necessary as you complete your degree as a new student. It is prudent to meet with personnel in your department to ask questions and to get to know the resources. If you’re a master student contact your program coordinator to find out who your assigned advisor is. Education specialists and doctoral students should contact the program coordinator who will assist you until you have identified the major professor that you will work with. Stay in regular contact with your advisor program coordinator or major professor, particularly to ask questions about program requirements or if you have a life circumstance which will affect your program completion. The Graduate Support Office can offer general guidance regarding policy and processes and can assist you with administrative issues such as graduate petitions to late add or drop courses, course transfers, and major deadlines. Registering for coursework during the semester of admission signifies to the University your intention to pursue the degree for which you applied and were admitted. Please remember that you are responsible for making sure that your registration is completed before the end of the add/drop period, generally the first week of the semester and that your registration for the semester is accurate. It is good practice to check your registration record for the semester before the end of the first week of school so that you may make any necessary changes before the end of the add/drop period. The planned program of study form is a list of the course requirements and other items which must be met in order to complete an academic program it is a hard copy form and must be signed by the student the student’s advisor, the department chair, and the Graduate Support Office in order to be official. The planned program of study serves several purposes: it provides guidance for you so that you know what courses to register for, it serves as a means for you to track your progress towards completing your degree, and it helps the program and the Graduate Support Office evaluate your readiness for applicable program benchmarks such as internships comprehensive exams qualifying exams and graduation. Refer to your planned program once a semester, preferably before registering for courses, and periodically check it against your transcript to gauge your progress towards completing your degree. Please note that the degree time limits are calculated from your term of admission forward. If you are transferring coursework, please be sure to meet with your advisor or program coordinator to complete the process. As a requirement for graduation Masters and specialist students must complete a comprehensive exam. The term exam is a flexible one, however, as programs may use other means such as practicums or chalk and wire projects to fulfill this requirement. Consult your advisor or program coordinator for details. Doctoral students are expected to complete a qualifying exam in order to enter doctoral candidates and conduct research for the dissertation. Consult with your major professor to find out which exam format is appropriate for your program Selected programs which grant educators certification upon graduation also require that students take appropriate Florida Department of Education exams. Those programs include all Master of Arts in teaching– also known as MAT programs– the educational leadership M.Ed. program, the school guidance track in the counselor education MA program, the reading education MA program, and the school psychology program Please be sure to check with your advisor regarding the appropriate exams and make sure to provide proof of passing results. Please make note of the second bullet on this page. There is no great forgiveness at the graduate level. Every attempt at a gradable course will count in the overall graduate grade point average and will appear on your official transcript. No course with the final grade of a C-minus or below can be used to fulfill course requirements for degree completion. Missing and incomplete grades can cause delays to meeting important benchmarks such as internships, qualifying examinations, and graduation. Don’t let incomplete and missing grades linger! Be certain to address any missing or incomplete grade as soon as possible. Again, it is important to make sure that your registration is accurate. A tip: Listed here are web resources and organizations that will be very helpful to you as a new graduate student. The web address at the top of this slide is another good resource to bookmark. This concludes the College of Education’s online graduate orientation presentation. If you have any questions, please contact the College of Education Graduate Support Office. Thank you so much for your attention.