From the Undergraduate Catalog,
School of Education - Academic Policies and Procedures

Directed Study

Directed Study, also called Independent Study, offers the student an opportunity to work with a School of Education Faculty member on an individual topic of interest. Most School of Education departments make directed study courses available to students on the basis of the student's preparation and motivation and a faculty member's willingness to accept the student in such an endeavor. Directed STudy courses are numbbered 199, 299, 399, and 699.

This study option is intended primarily for advanced students who have a depth of knowledge in a field, the self-discipline necessary for independent work, and strong motivation to pursue a special project. Many program areas limit the number of Directed Study credits that can be applied to major or minor requirements.

Directed Study is taken as a supplement to, but not as a replacement for, available course offerings. In this way, it may be used to expand areas of particularly strong interest. Extra responsibility is required from the faculty member involved, and no member of the faculty is obligated to accept a proposal for a directed study project. Students should have a well-defined outline of the topic to be studied before discussing the project with a faculty member.

Students who wish to pursue Directed Study must:

  • Contact the department or an individual professor in the desired academic area and present an outline for an individual project.
  • Develop an agreement (preferably written) that includes a determination of the number of credits (usually 1 to 3) to be received.
  • Enroll in the course sing the professor's individual section number for Directed Study.