To qualify for admission to the Master of Science in STEM Education Program the applicant must fulfill the following requirements:
- An applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and must arrange to have official transcripts submitted for each undergraduate institution attended. If transfer credits are to be considered, transcripts from graduate courses must also be requested by the applicant.
- An applicant should hold a valid K-12 teaching certificate. Otherwise, applicants may be considered for entrance after meeting with the MSSE coordinator.
- An applicant must have achieved a 3.00 quality point average (GPA) on a four-point scale for the baccalaureate degree. An applicant with less than the 3.00 GPA may be admitted with provisional status pending satisfactory completion of six semester hours of graduate study with a 3.00 or above.
- An applicant must submit three letters of recommendation in support of their admission to the graduate program.
- Compose a concise one page career/goal statement which includes the potential benefits of the MSSE program.
MSSE students must meet with an advisor prior to class registration. The advisor will assist the student in developing a program of study and a graduation plan. Students who have provisional status will be advised by the Science Education Graduate Committee chairperson. All course registrations require an MSSE adviser's signature.
A candidate for the MSSE must complete a minimum of 30 credits, of which 21 must be earned at Lebanon Valley College. There are six required core courses, (18 credits), three electives of the student's choice (9 credits), and a thesis or project (usually 3 credits) for a total of 30 credits. A candidate must achieve at least a 3.00 cumulative average to be certified for graduation.
Student work is graded A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, and F. Candidates must maintain a grade point average of 3.00 with a maximum of two C grades in the program. In addition, the symbols "I" and "W" are used. "I" indicates work that is incomplete but other wise satisfactory. It is awarded only for a substantial reason and work must be completed in the first eight weeks of the following semester, including summer session, or "I" will be changed to F. Withdrawal from a course is indicated by "W". For thesis research, MSSE 830, a grade of satisfactory or unsatifactory will be recorded.
A student's academic progress shall be reviewed at the end of each academic period by the MSSE academic adviser. A student will be placed on probation if the GPA falls below a 3.00. After a student has been placed on probation, the student must achieve a 3.00 within two semesters. Within 30 credit hours, a student may repeat a maximum of two courses. Any given course may only be repeated one time. Students who fail to correct deficiencies may be dismissed from the program.
Students are expected to uphold the principles of academic honesty. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. For the first offense, failure in the course is mandatory and the faculty member is required to inform the MSSE Program director in writing. A letter of warning shall be sent to the student by the MSSE Program director explaining the consequences and the right of appeal. For the second offense, failure in the course and expulsion from the MSSE Program and the college are mandatory without appeal. All actions against a student for academic dishonesty offenses can be appealed to the senior vice president and dean of the faculty, who will serve as final arbiter.
The maximum time for completion of the MSSE Program is seven years from the date of the admission letter. Students who have not earned the graduate degree during this period shall have their academic standing reviewed and may be asked to meet additional requirements in order to graduate.
Withdrawal From and Readmission to Program and College
To withdraw from Lebanon Valley College, an MSSE student must complete an official withdrawal form obtained from the MSSE academic adviser. To apply for readmission, an MSSE student must have the written approval of the MSSE Program director.
Privacy of Student Records
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (P.L. 39-380), Lebanon Valley College releases no student education records without written consent and request of the student or as prescribed by the law. Each student has access to his or her education records with exclusions only as specified by the law.
Lebanon Valley College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, age, religion, sexual preference or disability.