May 28, 2024  
Mansfield University 2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Policies and Information

Academic Dismissal Policy

A graduate student who receives a grade of F in a course is automatically dismissed from the University. A student whose cumulative GPA (grade point average) is below 3.0 at the end of any semester is placed on academic probation until the GPA rises to a minimum of 3.0. Failure to achieve the minimum GPA within one academic year will result in dismissal from the University. If there is an extraordinary reason for which the student believes he/she should be reinstated, the student may appeal to the Office of the Deans.

Probationary status does not mean that a student is dismissed from the University. It means that the student is not currently meeting the standards required for graduation and that corrective action is required. A student on probation will receive a letter from the University about the probationary status.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to do their own academic work. Dishonesty in academic work, including cheating, academic misconduct, fabrication, or plagiarism, is unacceptable. Faculty are expected to instruct students of the University Policies pertaining to academic integrity. Faculty also are responsible for assessing and reporting all charges of academic dishonesty to the Office of the Deans. The link labeled Academic Integrity Policy (see outlines the procedures faculty will use to initiate disciplinary action in cases of academic dishonesty.

Faculty are responsible for informing students of course evaluation criteria, for adherence to the stated criteria, and for determining grades in a fair and equitable manner. If a student alleges that a faculty member has discharged professional duties in an improper, arbitrary, discriminatory, or otherwise unjustified manner, complaints are considered by the procedures outlined in the link labeled Due Process/Appeals (see

Academic Standing

Good academic standing at the graduate level is defined as a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.


Mansfield University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000) The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

ACT 48

ACT 48 of 1999 requires persons holding Pennsylvania professional educator certification to complete continuing education requirements every five years in order to maintain active certificates. Pennsylvania certified teachers wishing to use credit coursework at Mansfield University to meet the ACT 48 requirement should log on to the Edulink website at: and submit their ACT 48 courses through the Professional Education Record Management System (PERMS). ACT 48 submission is the responsibility of each applicant. Teachers are responsible for selecting courses pertaining to their areas of certification or teaching assignments. 

Add or Drop a Course

A graduate student may ADD and DROP a course during the first seven business days of a semester using WebAdvisor. If the course is full or creates a conflict with the graduate student’s schedule, they may use an Add card available at the Registrar’s Office, 224 South Hall. The class instructor must sign all add cards. For online courses, please contact the instructor to initiate the approval process. The instructor should confirm this approval by forwarding an email to the Registrar’s Office.

Application for Graduation

No later than one year prior to the intended date of graduation, the graduate student should complete an Application for Graduation online via WebAdvisor.


If a graduate student is interested in auditing a course (participating in a class, but receiving no grade or credit for it), then a completed registration form and audit card for the course work is required. These forms are available online at Academic Forms (matriculating students). Cost of auditing is $50 per course. Permission from the instructor must be received to audit any course. Please note that applied courses in Art, Music, and Nursing  (online, laboratory or studio) courses may not be audited. Exceptions to this policy may be petitioned to the Office of the Deans. Audited courses do not count toward graduate requirements.

Career Center

The Career Center is an integral part of the university and focuses on the relationship between self, education, and careers. It subscribes to the concept that career development is an ongoing, lifelong process, which incorporates self-assessment and career readiness. Students are encouraged to be engaged participants in their own career journey and to develop a relationship with the Career Center starting their first semester on campus.

Both students and alumni are supported with a wide range of services, including career exploration and development, career interest inventories, resume and cover letter writing and critique, job search techniques, practice interview sessions (in-person and virtual), on-campus recruitment interviews and other various professional development opportunities. A career library of websites, printed, and software-based information covering career options, professional associations, employment trends, internships, job listings, and graduate/professional schools is maintained through the Career Center. Job and internship opportunities are posted electronically through Handshake. Students and alumni can access this free service at Students are encouraged to engage in Career Center services and programs early in their academic career.

The Career Center is located on the Ground Floor of Alumni Hall and may be reached at (570) 662-4133 or Appointments are suggested and available in-person, by phone, email, or virtually (via Zoom). For more resources, information about the Career Center and a calendar of events, please visit

Continuing Enrollment Course Procedure

A graduate student not registering for credit bearing course(s), who wishes to remain active in a program, may enroll at no cost in ED-5600 Continuous Enrollment. A maximum of two consecutive semesters of enrollment in ED 5600 is permitted.

Graduate students will be eligible to enroll in the continuous enrollment course during the registration and add/drop periods. Graduate students who fail to enroll will be classified as No Shows or Abandons and will become inactive in the student system. Students in an inactive status must reapply for admission using the online  application and if readmitted will be admitted under the current graduate catalog year.


Tuition and fees are set after the catalog is printed. The most current information can be found on the website at

Counseling Center

The University Counseling Center encourages all students of the campus community to access counseling services. All services provided by the University Counseling Center are no additional cost to the student and respect the applicable confidentiality laws and ethical guidelines of the APA (American Psychological Association), and ACA (American Counseling Association). We offer individual, couples, and family counseling to students and provide workshops for organizations, as well as other services as needed.  For additional information or to schedule an appointment visit our website, call 570-662-4695.

Course Load/Time Limit

A normal academic course load (full-time student) is defined as nine (9) or more credit hours a semester. A maximum of nine (9) or more may be taken during the summer. Students who wish to schedule more than the maximum must submit a petition to the Office of the Deans. The Special Education degree program must be completed within a maximum of seven years.  The Master of Science degree program in Nutrition has a five-year time limitation.

Culminating Requirements

Each degree requires a culminating experience at the end of the master’s degree process (e.g., Capstone Course, Exhibition, Departmental Paper, Thesis, or Orals). The nature of the final requirement should be discussed with the program advisor early in the graduate program.

Degree Requirements

To graduate from Mansfield University with a master’s degree, a graduate student should meet the following requirements:

  1. Earn the total number of credits determined by the program (30-36 credits).
  2. Earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  3. Complete ALL course work with a C - grade or better.
  4. Satisfactorily complete any capstone course, creative project, research or thesis, or comprehensive exam required as a culminating project.
  5. Submit an Application for Graduation via WebAdvisor no later than one year prior to intended graduation date.
  6. Complete any additional requirements necessary because of deficiencies identified in entry, or because the student has chosen to add one or more teaching certifications to the master’s degree.

Due Process/Appeals

Procedures can be found at the following link:

Email Accounts

All registered graduate students will receive a Mansfield University email account. Graduate students must use this account when corresponding with University faculty and staff.

Graduate Academic Year Definition

Mansfield University’s academic year is a period that contains 30 weeks of instructional time during which a full-time student is expected to complete at least 18 credit hours. The academic year is further described as a Scheduled Academic Year (SAY) that starts at the beginning of fall semester and ends on the last day of the spring semester. The summer sessions are designated as “trailer” terms which follow the SAY. On an individual basis, a student’s academic year can be changed to a Borrower-Based Academic Year (BBAY) when determining financial aid eligibility. A BBAY is not a fixed period of calendar time; instead the beginning and ending dates depend on the student’s enrollment and progress. The BBAY does not end until the student has completed the number of weeks and the number of hours in the academic year.

Grading System

A written syllabus, which includes the criteria for academic evaluation, is provided by instructors prior to the end of the first week of class. Mansfield University uses a 4-point grading scale, as shown below, to evaluate academic performance.

  Grades   Quality Points  
















The following designations may be used in addition to the grades shown above:
Satisfactory (D- grade or better)
Withdrawal from a course after the drop period

The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the total number of credit hours of work attempted. The cumulative GPA is the index by which a student’s academic standing is judged.

Graduate Courses - What is a Graduate Course?

The following criteria capture features of Mansfield University’s graduate courses. These criteria are reflected by course syllabi and course requirements.

  1. Course content is offered at advanced levels of depth and understanding.
  2. Course topics are supported by a significant body of professional literature and, except in emerging areas of inquiry, include a significant theoretical and research base for course content.
  3. Reading and reflection support graduate learning. Therefore, graduate courses include time for graduate students to read course-related materials and to reflect on what they are learning.
  4. Graduate students develop professional and scholarly beliefs and opinions that can be articulated and substantiated with support from professional and scientific literature.
  5. Courses provide significant opportunities for graduate students to interact with the course instructor and with other graduate students enrolled in the course. In distance education situations, face-to-face interactions between instructor and students are encouraged to the degree that they are possible.
  6. Graduate courses reflect diversity as related to culture, ethnic groups, gender, age and value systems.
  7. Graduate courses offered in cross-listed arrangements with undergraduate courses have syllabi and course proposal forms that clearly identify graduate: a) assignments, b) evaluation methods, and c) experiences.

Human Subject Research Policy

Research projects undertaken by Mansfield University students, staff, or faculty members must be approved prior to involvement of human subjects and the initiation of research project. The review process is intended for the protection of the human subjects and shall be the sole focus of the review.

The Mansfield University Institutional Review Board (IRB) is the final authority in determining approvals of human subjects’ research. To request a review of research, contact the department chairperson or IRB Chair for a copy of the guidelines, application form, and a sample Informed Consent form. Submit two copies of the Request for Review of Research form and one copy of the Informed Consent form to the IRB Chairperson for Board review.

Copies of the IRB guidelines and forms are also available at the university web site: or by contacting Dr. Francis Craig, Chairperson of the IRB, South Hall, at 570-662-4774 or email: Persons undertaking human subjects research should plan to submit their applications at least 4 weeks prior to the proposed research project start date.

Hybrid Courses

A hybrid course is a blend of face-to-face instruction with online learning. In a hybrid course, a significant part of the course learning is online and subsequently the amount of classroom time is reduced. A course which is largely classroom based may include a combination of online or web-based components and requirements in addition to the classroom experience.

Identification Cards (One Card)

A university identification card that contains a photo (also known as “One Card”) is issued to students, faculty, and staff. All on campus graduate students must have a MU One Card. A One Card is available at the CCSI office (College Community Services, Inc.), inside the Mountie Spirit Store. Regular office hours are Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Extended hours are available during the first week of classes but vary each semester, therefore please contact the CCSI office at (570) 662-4929 for specific information.

The One Card enables the user to check out library materials and receive discounts on many cultural and entertainment productions. In addition, the card may be used for public printers and copy machines at various locations on campus, athletic events, and various campus activities. The student One Card must be carried at all times and shown to authorized personnel upon request. The One Card also serves as a meal card and can be used as a cash debit card with Mountie Money and Flex accounts. The cost of the One Card is $5 for new students. Replacement cards are $15.

Graduate students taking only online courses and wishing to access the North Hall Library resources and materials remotely, will need their student ID number as well as an 18-digit library barcode number. This 18-digit number can be found on the My Accounts page. It can also be found by going to However, to physically sign out materials from the library, a student ID card is required.  Online graduate students may receive an actual One Card by submitting a picture (equivalent to a passport/driver’s license photo) and a front/back copy of an official government ID (i.e., driver’s license, military ID), along with $5.00 payable to CCSI (College Community Services, Inc.) and sent to the CCSI Office, Mansfield University Alumni Hall or email .

Incomplete (I)

A grade of I is used to denote unfinished course work because of serious mitigating circumstances beyond the student’s control. It is a privilege granted because of circumstances, not a right to be expected by the student.

The I grade is submitted by professors at their discretion on the grade report form at the end of the semester. The professor and the student will identify the specific requirements to be satisfied in order to convert the I to a letter grade. The student is responsible for the removal of an I grade by the end of the fourth week of the subsequent semester except in cases where serious circumstances prevail and a request for an extension is made by the faculty member to the Registrar’s Office. If the incomplete grade is not cleared within the allotted time period, a final grade of “F” is recorded.

Independent Study 

Independent study is available in each curricular field on a restricted basis. The appropriate curricular prefix precedes the course number 5597, and the credit hours vary from one to three. Independent study may be repeated for more than three credit hours total, but each independent study project may be for no more than three credit hours. Independent study is an activity initiated by the graduate student to increase already advanced knowledge in a particular academic discipline. The subject is examined in an intensive manner with guidance by a faculty member who has special expertise in that field.

To request approval for an independent study, prepare a contract available online at Academic Forms which then must be completed and approved by the faculty director, department chairperson and Academic Dean. A request for independent study must be completed prior to the start of the semester or summer session for which the independent study is sought. Independent studies will be approved only where there is sufficient evidence that the study will advance the student’s scholarly or professional development.

All requests for independent study should be accompanied by an appropriate and scholarly proposal that has been carefully reviewed by the student and the faculty director who will supervise the independent study. The proposal should include a plan of activities to be undertaken, student learning outcomes, the “products” to be expected from the study (for example, a paper, a performance, a research report, or presentation to a departmental symposium), a timetable for the study and an estimate of the amount of effort that will be applied to the study so that the appropriate amount of credit can be assessed. Only in rare instances will more than two independent study proposals be approved as part of a graduate student’s curriculum.

Individualized Instruction 

Individualized instruction is available on a restricted basis. Ordinarily permission to take a course by individualized instruction is reserved for graduate students who are close to graduation and who have not been able to meet a degree requirement either because the course has not been available or because of some other mitigating circumstance. A graduate student’s decision to move from the Mansfield area or a conflict with another obligation, such as a job, would not normally be sufficient to justify an individualized instruction. A call to military service or a serious extended illness, on the other hand, may be viewed as a sufficient mitigating circumstance. An individualized instruction would not normally be approved if there is evidence that a graduate student delayed taking a course or dropped a course earlier in his/her academic career and did not make a clear attempt to complete it as part of a regular schedule.

A request for a course by individualized instruction available online at Academic Forms must be completed and approved by the faculty director, department chairperson, and the Academic Dean. A request for individualized instruction must be completed prior to the start of the term for which the individualized instruction is sought. Requests for individualized instruction should be accompanied by a detailed justification and explanation of the mitigating circumstances that require the course to be taken in this manner, a current course syllabus that outlines the material to be covered, a timetable for the instruction, and the means of assessment that will be applied to determine the grade assigned.

The Mountie Spirit Store

The Mountie Spirit Store is a non-profit organization operated by College Community Services, Inc governed by the students. The store carries MU clothing, school supplies, mugs, graduation attire, MU decals and more. The Mountie Spirit is located on the second floor of Alumni Hall Student Center and open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday or online at Textbooks are no longer sold on campus. Books can be purchased online at

International Studies

Many opportunities are available for international students at Mansfield University.  International students accepted to Mansfield University are automatically considered for scholarships based on their academic achievement

International Requirements for Admission

Applicants are required to send official certified copies of all academic records by postal mail to the Office of Admissions.  Academic records should be sent directly from the academic institution attended and be contained in a sealed envelope.

Transfer applicants should also request that original language transcripts, accompanied by certified English translations, be sent directly to the Admissions Office by an official from each college or university previously attended. These records should also be sent to a certified credential evaluation service ( or with a request that the evaluation results be mailed directly to the Admissions Office.

Applicants from countries where English is not the official language are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Examination, the International Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).  Applicants from countries where English is the official language must submit the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). A TOEFL score of 65 on the internet-based exam, 525 on the printed exam, or 5.5 on the IELTS exam indicate sufficient English proficiency.  English as a Second Language (ESL) classes may be available for applicants who are not fully proficient in English.

International Admissions Process

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications and all required documentation at least three (3) months prior to the desired start date. This allows adequate time for processing the application and academic documents.  All applications/forms are available at

Applicants must submit the following documentation as part of the admissions process:

  1. General Application (online)
  2. $25.00 Application Fee
  3. Official Transcripts
  4. Official results of either the TOEFL, IELTS, or SAT
  5. Financial Aid Certification Form (online)
  6. W-8BEN Form (online)
  7. Financial Documentation (print & mail)
  8. A copy of current passport which must be valid for at least six months after entry into the United States on a student visa.
  9. Personal Essay


Mansfield University provides information resources both virtually (see the Library Website) and in the historic and elegant 19th century setting of North Hall. The quality resources provide students access to information from around the world. Most resources are accessible regardless of physical location.

The Library is located on the first four floors of North Hall and has several special features to promote the efficient use of information in both printed and electronic forms. The Library has been designed to highlight traditional subject strengths, such as those for music and education, and also to provide immediate access to electronic information via extensive computer networking. If students need help using the resources housed in the Library, there are service points, with the most comprehensive being the Service Desk on the second floor, South wing. The personnel who staff this area can help with traditional reference questions on how to use printed and electronic resources and will also provide advice on equipment problems. Other services include the printed reserve collection, laptops and other multimedia materials, other reserves, and the Microfilms/Periodicals Desk in the North wing of the 1st floor. Printed brochures are available throughout the Library providing answers to commonly asked questions about library resources and services.

A wide range of resources and services are available to support teaching, learning, and research for on-campus students, and for distance education. Detailed information about the library’s collections, policies, fines / fees,  and services is available through the Library Website at  and more specifically  for our online population.

 A Mansfield University ID card is necessary each time materials are checked out, including library-use-only reserve items. ID cards and circulation privileges are not transferable and are intended for use only by the person in whose name the card was issued. A lost or stolen ID card should be reported immediately at the Service Desk.

General circulating materials such as books, curriculum guides, government documents, pictures, and textbooks circulate for an established period for students.  Other item loan types include:

Laptop Computers; Equipment; Media Materials; Reserve Materials; Electronic Reserves so you may access the materials from outside the library and from off campus. Please check with your instructor or the Service Desk personnel to determine if the materials you need are available electronically.

Most items may be renewed in person (please no telephone calls) unless reserved for another patron. Renewals may be made without having the materials present if the patron has a Mansfield University ID card. Patrons also can renew library materials online. (See the Library home page for information on how renew online.)

 All materials should be returned to the Circulation Desk. When the Library is closed, books may be deposited in the book return located on the east wall, right of the front entrance. Please do not place media materials in the book return as these materials are easily damaged.

Fines and Fees are subject to change - please see Library Website at  All patrons are responsible for replacement fees for lost or non-returned items.

The Library uses an electronic security system that detects any materials that are not checked out. Individuals who attempt to leave the Library with materials that have not been checked out from the Library are automatically referred to the University Police.

Please refer to the Library Website at a more detailed list of Library Operations and Policies/Guidelines as changes occur.

Tobacco products may not be used in the Library. Food and beverages may not be consumed in the Library except in the Visual News section of the Library.

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Mansfield University to ensure a work, educational and residential environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, genetic background, or veteran’s status. In accordance with state and federal laws, Mansfield University prohibits and will not tolerate unlawful discrimination. The University also prohibits retaliation against any party for participating in a discrimination investigation. Mansfield University’s Non-Discrimination Policy may be reviewed at the following website:

Online Courses/Programs

Mansfield University offers the convenience and flexibility of taking online courses/programs at the undergraduate and graduate level.  To learn more about online courses, visit

Some individual online courses may require synchronous discussion boards and synchronous assignments.  Times for such online activities will be clearly identified in the semester scheduled. This information can be found under the Course Section information in WebAdvisor.

Students registered for an online course should visit the website for critical information, resources available, and directions relative to responsibilities in taking a course online at Mansfield University.

Prospective Students

Due to recent federal regulation, all universities offering distance education in states other than their own must receive authorization from those states to do so. If a student is considering an online academic program that will lead to a professional license in a particular, it is highly recommended that guidance be sought from the appropriate licensing agency in the home state before beginning a program at Mansfield University. For more information, visit

Online @ Mansfield University Complaint Process

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires colleges and universities to provide students with information necessary to make informed decisions concerning their educational experiences. One important item relates to student complaints. Mansfield University strives to serve its students fairly and equitably. If, however, a student has a complaint, the following process is in place to assist the student with complaint resolution.

Mansfield University encourages all students regardless of their residency, to FIRST initiate an attempt for resolution by following Mansfield University’s Academic Standards: Due Process/Complaints.  If an issue cannot be resolved by this internal process, a complaint may be filed with the Pennsylvania of Higher Education.  Students located outside Pennsylvania may also choose to file a complaint with the appropriate agency in his/her state of residence.  A list of the appropriate agencies is maintained by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO).


  • Program Variance
    Under special circumstances, curriculum requirements may be modified. A department chairperson may substitute or waive course requirements by informing the Registrar’s Office in writing of the requested program change. Graduate students may petition the Academic Dean for other program variances.
  • Waiver of University Policies or Regulations 
    For exceptions of University policy, students may petition the Office of the Academic Dean. Graduate students should contact the program advisor for assistance in preparation of a petition. Petitions are available online at

Repeating a Course Policy

Students are limited to a total of two course repeats with a limit of one repeat for any specific course. The most recent grade (regardless of whether it is higher or lower) will be the grade used for the GPA calculation. Previous grades for repeated courses will appear on the transcript. If a student intends to repeat a course, they must complete the repeat a course form available online at


A graduate student, is classified as a Pennsylvania resident for tuition purposes if she/he has a Pennsylvania domicile. Domicile is the place where the graduate student intends to and does permanently reside. Because the determination of whether a graduate student intends to reside indefinitely in Pennsylvania is subjective, documentary evidence, statements from disinterested persons, and the presumptions set forth below are considered:

1. Continuous residence in Pennsylvania for a period of 12 months prior to registration as a graduate student at an institution of higher education in Pennsylvania creates a presumption of domicile. A graduate student is presumed not to be domiciled if she/he has resided for a shorter period before attending an institution of higher education, but the graduate student may rebut this presumption by clear and convincing evidence.

2. Graduate students who are not United States citizens and have non-immigrant visas or lack a visa are presumed not to be domiciled in Pennsylvania, but may rebut this presumption by clear and convincing evidence.

3. It is presumed a minor will have the same domicile of the parent(s) or guardian(s). The age of majority for establishing a domicile for tuition purposes is 22 years. However, a minor may prove financial emancipation and thereby demonstrate Pennsylvania domicile through clear and convincing evidence.

4. A United States government employee or a member of the armed forces who was domiciled in Pennsylvania immediately preceding entry into government service and who has continuously maintained Pennsylvania as the declared legal residence shall be presumed to have a Pennsylvania domicile. Nonresidents stationed in Pennsylvania for military service shall be deemed Pennsylvania residents.

5. A graduate student receiving a scholarship, loan or grant, dependent upon maintaining domicile in a state other than Pennsylvania, is presumed to be domiciled in the state from which financial aid is received.

A graduate student may challenge her/his residence classification by submitting a written appeal to the Registrar’s Office. If the graduate student is not satisfied, the decision may be appealed in writing to the Office of the Chancellor, State System of Higher Education, within 30 days. The decision of the Chancellor is considered final. The effective date of any reclassification, resulting from the student’s challenge, is determined by the Residency Committee based on when the petition was filed. A graduate student who changes domicile from Pennsylvania to another state must promptly give written notice to the university.

For additional information on determining residency status and procedures, visit

Summer School

The Summer School program is designed to meet the needs of a variety of students. A wide range of educational opportunities include credit courses for undergraduate, non-degree and graduate students as well as workshops, Act 48, travel abroad credit and non-credit courses, and seminars in the liberal arts, teacher education, and other fields of study. Summer courses include a vast array of online courses as well as traditional in-classroom experiences. Graduate students can visit the website at to view online and on campus courses.

Continuing university students, including new students, who wish to accelerate their program of study will find both general education and other courses in a variety of academic disciplines. Students from other colleges and universities may take courses through Mansfield University. Students are advised to first ensure that the home institution will transfer credits earned.

Teachers and graduate students will find courses in the summer program to serve a variety of needs. Students may enroll to complete requirements for permanent certification, take refresher courses in a field of specialization, earn certification in a new field, or take academic coursework to meet ACT 48 requirements.

The policy regarding the number of credits for which a student may register during the summer sessions at Mansfield University is as follows: Students may not take more than six credits during either session (SU or SF), or more than 12 credits across the summer without the approval of the Academic Dean. The Registrar’s Office will monitor the number of credits registered to enforce this policy. The student will be contacted to rearrange the summer schedule.

Teacher Certification Programs

The Teacher Education Unit is responsible for all teacher certification programs at Mansfield University. The Unit seeks to prepare teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to meet the demands of public education in the twenty-first century. All certification programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Programs within the Unit are nationally recognized by many different professional organizations. The mission of the Education Unit at Mansfield University is to prepare educators who will make reflective decisions based on accepted theory, research, and practice as they serve our region, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and the nation.

     Graduate Degree Programs in Education at Mansfield University

  •       M.Ed. in Special Education - Special Education Certification (PK-8)
    • This certification availability will end on December 31, 2021.
  •       M.Ed. in Special Education - Special Education Certification (PK-12)
    • This certification availability will begin on January 1, 2022.


All required Pennsylvania teacher education clearances must be attained before registering for classes. Graduate students who are employed by a school district and anticipate completing fieldwork in that district may substitute a letter of clearance verification from their superintendent or principal in lieu of individual clearances. If a student’s clearance history changes throughout the course of study, he/she is required to immediately share that information with the Field Experiences Office (Act 24). Students cannot register for courses until they satisfactorily complete the following clearance checks and are willing to allow the Field Experiences Office to communicate their personal clearance information with participating school districts (for the purpose of field experiences). See the Field Experiences Office webpage for detailed information on the following clearance requirements:

  • TB Tine Test (Tuberculosis)
  • Child Abuse Clearance (ACT 151)
  • Criminal Background Clearance (Act 34)
  • PA FBI Fingerprint Clearance (Act 114)
  • Professional liability insurance coverage of one million dollars ($1,000,000)
  • Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form (Act 24)
  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training under PA (Act 126)
  • Statements of Understanding, Confidentiality and Professionalism & Clearance Adherence from required MU handbooks.

Teacher Education Council policy (1997) prohibits candidates with a clearance offense from entering an education program without approval following the TEC process. Detailed information concerning this process is also available in the Early Field Experience Handbook.

Instructional II Certificate

Instructional II provisional certificates (Chapter 49.83) are issued to applicants who complete a Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved induction program, complete three to six years of satisfactory teaching on an Instructional I Certificate in approved public or non-public schools, and complete 24 semester credit hours of collegiate study or in-service programs approved by the department, as well as any other requirements identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. More detailed information concerning instructional certificates is available on PDE’s webpage or from the Bureau of Teacher Certification, Department of Education, 333 Market Street, Box 911, Harrisburg PA  17126.

Students who would like the Mansfield University Certification Officer to recommend them for teacher certification must complete the following requirements:

  • Pass the appropriate PDE required content exam;
  • Complete the appropriate education degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; and
  • Apply for Pennsylvania teacher certification through PDE’s online TIMS system.

ACT 48: Continuing Education

ACT 48 of 1999 requires persons holding Pennsylvania professional educator certification to complete continuing education requirements every five years in order to maintain active certificates. Pennsylvania certified teachers wishing to use credit course work at Mansfield University to meet the ACT 48 requirement should log on to the Edulink website at: and submit their ACT 48 courses through the Professional Education Record Management System (PERMS). ACT 48 submission is the responsibility of each applicant. Teachers are responsible for selecting courses pertaining to their areas of certification or teaching assignments.

Required Field Experiences

Pennsylvania Department of Education’s (PDE) Chapter 49 has established competencies for graduate fieldwork. As some candidates will have previous experiences with children and in classrooms, the field experiences are designed to meet the specific and unique needs of graduate candidates. Overall, the expectations are consistent with expectations for undergraduate candidates and provide for a field experience structure that includes sequential and developmental learning stages. Candidates must demonstrate evidence of meeting the field experience competencies identified by PDE. Course professors and University supervisors will provide official validation for each student. This documentation is important in verifying successful completion of Chapter 49 field experience competencies required for teacher certification. Course completion will be hindered without successful mastery of field experience competencies.

Transcript Requests

Official transcripts of courses taken at Mansfield University are prepared by the Registrar’s Office and issued according to the following policies:

  1. Students’ records are confidential. Transcripts, therefore, are issued only at the written request of the student. Requests by telephone are not accepted.
  2. Transcripts can be requested at
  3. No transcript is issued to or for a student who is indebted to the university until the debt has been paid in full.
  4. Official transcripts of credit(s) earned at other institutions that have been presented for admission and evaluation become part of the graduate student’s permanent record in the Registrar’s Office and cannot be reissued or copied for distribution.
  5. Official transcripts issued directly to the graduate student will only be released in a signed, sealed, embossed envelope. The envelope will bear the statement, “If opened, the transcript should be considered unofficial and the integrity of the document is not guaranteed by Mansfield University.”
  6. Unofficial transcripts (student copy) contain the same information as an official, but do not bear the authorized signature or seal of the university.
  7. There is an $8.41 transcript fee. 

 Transferring Credits

 Mansfield University may accept a maximum of six (6) credit hours in transfer from a regionally accredited college/university if the courses:

1.      would have been counted toward a graduate degree from the sponsoring institution.
2.      are appropriate at Mansfield University as determined by the department offering the degree program and the grades are B or better (if the previous school awarded a “P” grade, and this is verified as equal to a B or better, then it will be accepted).
3.      were taken within a seven year (five years for the Nutrition program) time period prior to admission.
4.      are included on an official graduate transcript received by Mansfield University.

A graduate student should contact the program advisor to determine whether or not the transfer credit will meet program requirements.

A “Request to Transfer Graduate Credit(s)” form can be obtained online at

The University Calendar

The regular academic calendar consists of a fall semester that ends in mid-December and a spring semester that ends in early May. Mansfield University also offers two summer sessions from May to August.

Withdrawal from a Course

After the drop period, a student may withdraw from a course until 4 p.m. the last day of classes (not including final’s week) as designated on the Academic Calendar. A course withdrawal form must be completed, which can be obtained at the Registrar’s office at 224 South Hall. It must be signed by the course instructor. If fewer than 60 credits have been earned, the student must also have the withdrawal card signed by the advisor. Completed forms are returned to 224 South Hall.

A “W” will be recorded in the permanent record and will not be calculated in the quality point average (QPA). A student who withdraws from all courses is automatically withdrawn from the University.

There is no tuition or fee adjustment for course withdrawals; therefore, full payment is due to the University.