Waiver of Courses

A student may seek a waiver of a course or course requirement based on competency or experience in one or more of these ways:

  1. A written or oral examination by a faculty member in the area in which competence is to be assessed (with consent of instructor).
  2. Demonstration of skill, behavior, or other knowledge that clearly reveals mastery in the area in which competence is to be assessed.
  3. A written recommendation from an outside authority recognized by Lewis & Clark (such as a licensed principal or superintendent), followed by a thorough review of the recommendation by a faculty member in the area in which competence is to be tested.

All required courses that are waived must be replaced by preapproved elective coursework with equivalent credit. Lewis & Clark does not grant credit for courses waived. Waiver request forms and information about specific waiver procedures are available in each department office and in the graduate registrar's office.

Waiving Courses for Licensure and Endorsement Programs
There is no limit to the number of courses that a student may petition to waive toward earning a license or endorsement; however, students must earn at least six semester hours of credit through a program at Lewis & Clark in order to be recommended by Lewis & Clark to the licensing agency or organization. Students in education licensure programs may petition the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) if they are dissatisfied with the denial of a request for waiver.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer of graduate credit from other institutions is evaluated on an individual basis and may include courses using both traditional and alternative modes of delivery. With prior approval, students may transfer a maximum of the equivalent of 10 semester hours of graduate-level credit to a master’s degree program and 14 semester hours to the doctoral program in education leadership. The amount of transfer credit accepted by individual programs may vary. Only graduate level credits earned in the five years prior to admission and not used toward the requirements of a previously awarded degree are considered for transfer credit. Courses requested for transfer into an applicant's degree program at Lewis & Clark must be from a regionally accredited institution and have a minimum grade of B, or a grade of CR or "pass" from an institution that provides documentation that a CR or pass grade represents a grade of B or higher.

To have previous coursework evaluated for transfer credit, students must submit official transcripts documenting the coursework. The Graduate School of Education and Counseling must receive any such transcripts within 30 days of formal admission for the student to be considered for transfer credit.  A student must be formally admitted and actively pursuing a program of study at the graduate school and complete a minimum of one course before transfer coursework is placed on a student's transcript.