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  • Introduction
  • Program Faculty
  • M.A. Program Overview
  • M.A. Curriculum
  • Required/Suggested Course Sequence for Full-time Students
  • Practicum and Internship
  • Graduate Assistantships
  • Academic Progress
  • Program Common Hour
  • Student Travel Awards, Fellowships & Scholarships
  • M.A. Comprehensive Examinations
  • Forms and Worksheets
  • Student Involvement & Governance
  • Campus Resources and Services
  • Professional Associations
  • Professional and Ethical Expectations and Behavior
  • Did You Know?

Introduction

M.A. Program Overview

Practicum and Internship

At least one practicum is required in the M.A. program. Students in the Student Affairs track are required to complete this practicum during their second semester and enroll in a subsequent weekly seminar with their cohort. The HESA program will host a practicum fair in the fall semester to showcase practicum opportunities at the University of Iowa and nearby partnering institutions. Site visits by the supervising faculty are required. Students in the Administration Policy track may complete this requirement by working with their academic advisors to secure an appropriate, supervised practicum in line with their career goals.

In addition to the one required practicum, students may choose to complete subsequent advanced practica. Multiple practicum experiences will enhance and diversify your professional portfolio.

Students in the Student Affairs track are also required to complete a 600-hour internship in an approved setting. This is most typically your graduate assistantship. More information about these requirements will be distributed throughout the year.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships at The University of Iowa are designed to provide students with work experience and means to finance their education while providing the University with the benefit of an innovative work force. While practically all of our students are placed in Graduate Assistantships, there is no guarantee of funding or placement from year to year. For students in the Student Affairs track, a placement at an approved site is required for admission. This may be an assistantship, or regular employment, but it must be approved by the program.

GA responsibilities often include student services, programming, advising, or administrative duties. Individual faculty members occasionally receive funds for research assistants and the Iowa Testing Program awards a limited number of assistantships in the College of Education each year. Because the graduate assistantship experience is a required aspect of the curriculum, our students are technically exempt from the COGS union.

We expect that students holding graduate assistantships will make reasonable academic progress toward their degree. For those holding a quarter-time assistantship, we expect enrollment of at least 6 semester hours. For those holding half-time appointments, we expect enrollment of at least 9 semester hours. Practically all students enroll in 10 semester hours each semester, graduating in two years. Students may not hold an assistantship appointment for more than 20 hours per week without petitioning the support of their advisor, the program coordinator, and the Graduate College. This is rarely approved by the Graduate College.

Students and sites both benefit from an in-depth graduate assistantship experience. Therefore, except under extenuating circumstances, students should not plan on changing their graduate assistantship assignment their second year. If you have differences with your GA supervisor, these differences should be addressed with your advisor and the program coordinator as early as possible. If these differences cannot be remedied, a request to change your assistantship site may be made to your advisor not later than February 1. If this request is approved by your advisor, it will be considered by the HESA faculty.

College of Education Policies Pertaining to Graduate Appointments

Academic Progress

We follow closely the Graduate College policies regarding grades and progress toward degree. As such, students should be aware that any grade below a “C-“ is considered a failing grade and will not count toward your degree.

Students should also be mindful of the threshold for academic probation status. These and other academic policies are detailed in the Graduate College Manual.

Graduate College Policies: Academic Standing, Probation, and Dismissal

Program Common Hour

Student Travel Awards, Fellowships & Scholarships

M.A. Comprehensive Examinations

Forms and Worksheets

Student Involvement & Governance

Campus Resources and Services

Professional Associations

Professional and Ethical Expectations and Behavior

Did You Know?