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Policies & Procedures

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Policies & Procedures

Academic Appeals

The faculty of the School of Education defines the degree requirements, academic standards, and rules for candidates enrolled in the school and has jurisdiction over the courses offered. The Committee on Course and Standing is charged with overseeing special cases and appeals. Candidates have the right to appeal any decision to the Committee on Course and Standing which is the final authority on enforcement of curriculum, degree requirements, academic standards, grades, and academic rules.

It should be noted that most academic rules are enforced without exception. Generally, the committee will consider requests for deviations from the rules only when the deviation is within the spirit, if not the letter, of the rule.

For information about the Committee on Course and Standing, contact the chair, Professor Nadjwa Norton ( or Stacia Pusey, Director of Admissions and Student Services (spusey@ccny.cuny).

Academic Integrity See Plagiarism

Advanced Standing

Candidates who have completed graduate work at other institutions may receive Advanced Standing (up to 6 credits) toward the master's degree, pending faculty approval. Courses considered for Advanced Standing must have been taken within a five year period preceding matriculation at The City College of New York.



Candidates who wish to audit a course must select audit status at the time of registration. Auditors must register in the usual manner and pay required tuition and fees. No credit or grade will be given for audited classes. Auditor status cannot be changed to credit status after the closing date for registration. Likewise, credit status cannot be changed to auditor status after late registration.

Awards and Scholarships

Many prizes, scholarships, and various kinds of commendations are awarded annually to graduate students for their achievements at the City College of New York. For information on awards and scholarships in the School of Education, please click here.

Committee on Course and Standing see Academic Appeals


Every candidate is assigned an email account through the college. It is necessary to activate and use this account.


Candidates may take pre-requisite courses or graduate courses (6 credits only) with faculty approval at other CUNY schools. If a candidate wishes to go out on permit to another CUNY school, an E-Permit application must be submitted using a CUNY Portal account (

Grade of Incomplete

An instructor may give a grade of Incomplete (INC) to a candidate who, through unavoidable circumstances (e.g., medical or family emergencies), has been unable to finish the assigned course work. The instructor and candidate must fill out and sign a Grade of Incomplete formthat describes the outstanding work and the date by which it will be completed. A copy of this form will be placed in the candidate's file.

Course work must be completed no later than the date published in each semester's academic calendar. A grade of INC that is not resolved in a timely manner will become an FIN. Requests for extensions of time for resolving INC grades may be considered only by written appeal to the Committee on Course and Standing.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Graduate candidates in the School of Education must maintain a 3.0 GPA. A candidate will be placed on probation if the GPA falls below 3.0. The candidate will be removed from probation when the GPA reaches or exceeds 3.0. A candidate will be dismissed if the GPA remains below 3.0 for two semesters. Candidates may appeal their dismissal from the program to the Committee on Course and Standing.

NOTE: If a candidate's GPA falls below 3.0, the registrar's office initiates a "stop" that will prohibit registration for the next semester. The candidate must meet with the program head to secure permission to register.


Candidates with grievances concerning classroom matters other than grades should first attempt to resolve the grievance at the department level through discussion with the faculty members or the department chair. If the matter is not resolved, the candidate or department may refer the problem to the academic dean, the Ombudsman, or to the Vice President of Student Affairs, who shall, if necessary, refer it to the Office of the Provost for further consideration and possible action.


All candidates born after December 31, 1956 who are registered for 6 or more credits must submit two proofs of immunization for measles, and one proof for mumps and rubella to the Wellness and Counseling Center. Candidates must also complete a Meningitis response form and return it to the center.

The Wellness and Counseling Center is located in the Marshak Science Building, Room J-15. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

If a candidate has not provided documentation, a "stop" will prohibit registration beyond 3 credits. Upon receipt of immunization documents, personnel at the Wellness and Counseling Center will lift the "stop" to permit registration beyond 3 credits.

Independent Study

An independent study may be arranged between a professor and a candidate. An Independent Study form must be completed that describes the nature of the independent study. The candidate must be registered for 1-3 credits. A copy of the form must be placed in the candidate's file.

Internship Certificate Program

The Internship Certificate Program as described by the New York State Education Department is a program offered by institutions that have registered and approved graduate programs that include an internship experience. Candidates for the Internship Certificate program must already be enrolled in an approved graduate program leading to initial or professional certification.
To be eligible for an Internship Certificate, a candidate must

  • have completed 50% of the courses in the degree program and be approved by the program faculty
  • be in good academic standing; a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • have passed the EAS and CST exams that apply to the desired certificate
  • have completed the Child Abuse, Violence Prevention, and DASA Seminars
  • have received fingerprint clearance from New York State (NYSED Requirement)
  • be currently employed or have received an offer for an available position from a school that is in the subject area and grade level of the degree and certificate sought

Procedure to apply for an Internship Certificate

Liberal Arts Requirements for Initial Certification

The New York State Education Department requires liberal arts preparation (undergraduate and/or graduate level) at a grade of C or better for teacher certification. See your program website for more specific information.

Upon admission to the Graduate Childhood Education program, the candidate's transcript(s) is reviewed for documentation of the 30 hours of liberal arts preparation. Any pre-requisite courses needed appear in the candidate's letter of acceptance.

Liberal Arts Requirements for Initial Certification

Maintaining Your Matriculation Status

Candidates are expected to maintain continuous enrollment in their program of study. Failure to register for any period constitutes a de facto withdrawal from their program.

A candidate is not eligible to receive a master's degree while not matriculated. If a candidate is not registered for classes during the semester in which he or she expects to graduate, a Maintenance of Matriculation fee is required.

Non-matriculated Status

A candidate who is registered as a non-matriculant is not eligible to receive a master's degree while in that status. A non-matriculant will not be granted a permit to register for courses off campus. 

Non-matriculants must change status by formal application if they originally applied to City College under a non-matriculated status. A non-matriculant who wishes to become matriculated must have a B average or better in courses taken within the graduate program. No more than 9 credits may be taken as a non-matriculant.


As stated in the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity: "Plagiarism is the act of presenting another person's ideas, research or writings as your own." The following are some examples of plagiarism:

  • Copying another person's actual words without the use of quotation marks and footnotes attributing the words to their source
  • Presenting another person's ideas or theories in your own words without acknowledging the source
  • Using information that is not common knowledge without acknowledging the source
  • Failing to acknowledge collaborators on homework and laboratory assignments
  • Internet plagiarism includes submitting downloaded term papers or parts of term papers, paraphrasing or copying information from the internet without citing the source, and "cutting & pasting" from various sources without proper attribution

A candidate who plagiarizes may incur academic and disciplinary penalties, including failing grades, suspensions, and expulsion. A complete copy of the CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity may be downloaded from the College's home page.

Policy on Lateness and Absence

Candidates are expected to attend every class session of each course in which they are enrolled and to be on time. A candidate cannot receive credit for a course if absent more than two times. No distinction is made between excused and unexcused absences. An instructor may treat lateness as equivalent to absence. Per CCNY policy, an instructor has the right to drop a candidate from a course for excessive absences. The Registrar will enter a grade of WU.


If a candidate has not attended classes for 4 or more semesters, the candidate must reapply to the program by filling out a new application, securing one new letter of recommendation, and attending a group interview for new applicants. If changes in the program have occurred since the candidate last attended, the candidate must adhere to any new program policy and procedure. Prior coursework in the program will be considered. 


If a candidate has not attended classes for 1-3 semesters, the candidate must complete a re-entry application in the Admissions and Student Services Office (3/223) and pay a $10 processing fee.


All candidates taking courses in the School of Education are required to create and maintain a TaskStream account throughout the span of their enrollment in the program.Candidates are required to enroll in TaskStream prior to the first day of classes. Accounts can be set up by accessing the following link:

TaskStream is an on-line, web-based folio assessment system that is used by our candidates to document their learning process, and to showcase and archive digital products. Additionally, the School of Education uses TaskStream to aggregate and report data for programmatic improvement and accreditation purposes.

If you need technical support while using TaskStream, simply call TaskStream Mentoring Services toll-free Monday through Friday from 8AM until 7PM at 1-800-311-5656.

For on-site assistance please go to the Learning and Technology Resource Center, NAC 3/226, or the Multimedia Center, NAC 4/221.


In some programs, credits may be waived based upon commensurate undergraduate coursework and faculty approval. Waived credits must be replaced with graduate credits in order to meet the number of credits required for graduation and certification.


A candidate may withdraw from a course during the first ten weeks of the semester by requesting a withdrawal form from the Office of the Registrar, obtaining the signature of the course instructor and the dean, and returning the form to the Office of the dean. 

A course dropped during the first three weeks will not appear on the transcript. A grade of W will be assigned to courses dropped between the third and tenth week.

A candidate who wishes to drop a course later than the tenth week must petition the Committee on Course and Standing and present, in writing, satisfactory reasons for requesting permission to withdraw. A candidate who fails to appear in class for a substantial portion of the semester will be given a WU by the instructor.