A recent ruling from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) established that a graduate credit hour needs to include “one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out of class student work”. The ruling further indicated “institutions must use the federal definition of credit hour as their starting point if the schools are to continue to be eligible for federal funding such as student aid.”
According to the USDE definition, a course offered for one graduate credit would need to have a minimum of 15 instructor led contact hours and 30 hours of out-of-class work or some other distribution for a total of 45 hours. For example, a course might have 20 instructor led contact hours and have 25 hours of out-of-class assignments; or a course might be an online class that requires approximately 45 hours to complete.
These new requirements will go into effect for all AEA 267 classes offering graduate credit that begin June 1, 2011 or later. Please contact the AEA 267 Professional Development department for any further clarification.Amy Moine Professional Learning Coordinator AEA 267 3712 Cedar Heights Drive Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613 319.268.7658 amoine@aea267,.k12.ia.us