Course Exemptions

Graduate students who believe they have previously met the objectives of a graduate course offered by the School of Education may request a program course exemption. Requests for this exemption should be directed to an appropriate faculty member who has taught the course. The faculty member will assess the previous course(s) for objective coverage and, when necessary, make the arrangements for an oral and/or written assessment. Semester hours of credit are not awarded for exempted courses, and the total number of required hours in a degree program will not be reduced. Requests for program course exemptions must be made within the first semester following admission and must be requested on the Program Course Exemption/Advanced Placement form. The Office of Academic Programs will inform the student and the student’s program advisor when course exemptions have been awarded.

Curriculum & Instruction Programs: Students enrolled in Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.) programs in Curriculum & Instruction who have previously met the objectives of a graduate course offered by the School of Education may request a course exemption. Although semester hours of credit will not be awarded for exempted courses, the total number of required credit hours in the degree program will be reduced by the number of credit hours exempted. Students who exempt one or more courses must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credit hours to be eligible M.A.Ed. recipients. Students must earn a minimum of 24 graduate credit hours at William & Mary post admission to their current graduate program.