Academic Expectations

University GPA Requirements

Credential candidates, like all graduate students are held to high standards for professionalism and academic performance.  To remain in good academic standing, graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 while in the program. Students falling below this level will be placed on academic probation by the Office of Graduate Studies for one semester. Two consecutive semesters of academic probation will result in academic disqualification from the university. Please be vigilant about your grades, and never hesitate to speak to your professors and your adviser about your performance in your coursework.  Please consult the university's policy on academic standing (PDF) for more information.

A full explanation the university's grading system can be found in the University Catalog.

Program Grade Requirements

In addition to maintaining a 3.0 GPA, students must earn a minimum of a "C" grade in foundations courses, a minimum of a "B" grade in the Subject Specific Methods course and "Credit" in the fieldwork courses in order to have that course counted towards completing the requirements for a preliminary credential. Students are allowed to take any class a maximum of two times. Failure to meet minimum grade requirements when retaking a course will result in disqualification from the program.

University Policy on Incompletes

An incomplete grade ("I") can be assigned at the discretion of the instructor when a student has completed the majority of the requirements in a course and can provide justification for an extension of requirements. 

An incomplete must be made up within one calendar year immediately following the end of the term in which it was assigned. This limitation prevails whether or not the student maintains continuous enrollment. Failure to complete the assigned work will result in an incomplete ("I") being converted to an "IC" (or a No Credit ["NC"] for non-traditionally graded courses) which will affect the grade point average.  Please consult the University Catalog for complete information on Incomplete grades.

Academic Integrity Policy

The University emphasizes responsible citizenship and an awareness of ethical choices inherent in human development. Academic honesty and fairness foster ethical standards for all those who depend upon the integrity of the university, its courses, and its degrees. University degrees are compromised and the public is defrauded if faculty members or students knowingly or unwittingly allow dishonest acts to be rewarded academically. This policy sets the standards for such integrity and shall be used to inform students, faculty and staff of the university's Academic Integrity Policy.


At SJSU plagiarism is the act of representing the work of another as one's own without giving appropriate credit, regardless of how that work was obtained, and/or submitting it to fulfill academic requirements. Plagiarism at SJSU includes but is not limited to:

1. The act of incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts of, and/or the specific substance of another's work, without giving appropriate credit, and/or representing the product as one's own work;

2. Representing another's artistic/scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawing, sculptures, or similar works as one's own.

University faculty may subscribe to or use plagiarism detection services as a routine part of their grading practice.

Please consult the University's Policy on Plagiarism for more information.

Sign up for the University's free Plagiarism Tutorial.