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Requirements Checklist by Specializations
Learning, Teaching, Cognition, & Development (LTCD)
Educational Policy & Social Context (EPSC)
Language, Literacy, & Technology (LLT)
Exceptions to any of the requirements are allowed with the signed approval of the student’s advisor and program director and confirmation by the Graduate Dean. Refer to the UC Irvine General Petition.
Exceptions are usually for one of three reasons:
1. Students may wish to substitute or waive a course requirement due to having taken an equivalent or highly similar graduate course previously. If such an exception is granted, the specific course requirement will be substituted or waived, but the total number of courses required (12 four-unit courses) will not be reduced.
2. An exception request may be submitted to redesign a program of study to better match a student’s research interests. For example, a student might have research interests that cross two specializations, and thus wishes to decrease the specialization courses in one area and add to the number taken in a second area. Requests along these lines will also be considered. Once again, the total number of courses required (12 four- unit courses) will not be reduced.
3. A student may have had extensive prior doctoral training, and thus may wish to reduce the number of overall required courses. Such requests will be considered as well.
All requests should be submitted in writing via an email to the program director with a CC to the student’s advisor, program coordinator, and program counselor. Students who are requesting a waiver of a particular course requirement (i.e., reason number one above) should attach to the email or otherwise provide a copy of the syllabus of the course taken previously and complete the General Petition for Course Substitution and Course Waivers form.