Definition of Academic Terms

Definition of Academic Terms

Certificate is a package of courses available for credit but not typically fulfilling graduation requirements.

A credit means a semester hour credit.

Doctoral Degree: May be earned in:

  1. Physical Therapy (DPT) – 111 credits
  2. Education (ED.D) – at least 60 credits

An endorsement is a focused group of courses within a graduate program that leads to a state licensure.

An emphasis is a focused group of courses within a graduate program that may or may not lead to a certification or a licensure.

Full-time graduate students are students who have been formally accepted into a graduate degree program and enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits in a semester. Half-time Graduate Students are students who have been formally accepted into a graduate degree program and are enrolled in three to five credits in a semester. Visiting students” are those students who have registered for graduate courses but have not been admitted to a program.

A Master’s degree consists of at least 30 semester credits. All programs include a survey of the academic field, ethics, diversity, research, and a capstone course.

There are three 14/15 week semesters offered at Concordia University. Graduate students typically take two seven-week courses in each semester.

Specialization: at least 30 credits beyond the Master’s degree. May be earned in:

  1. Education – Principal Licensure/Superintendent Licensure (ED.S)

A transcript of credits is a certified record of all grades earned and all courses attempted at a given school, college, or university.