Waiver of Courses
A student may seek waiver of a course or course requirement in one or more of these ways:
- A written or oral examination by a faculty member in the area in which competence is to be tested (with consent of instructor).
- Demonstration of skill, behavior, or other knowledge that clearly reveals mastery in the area in which competence is to be tested.
- A written recommendation from an outside authority recognized by the College (such as a licensed principal or superintendent), followed by a thorough review of the recommendation by a faculty member in the area in which competence is to be tested.
A course successfully waived is noted on the student’s Advising Transcript but does not appear on the Official Transcript. Lewis & Clark does not grant credit for courses waived.*
A waiver is different from transferring degree-applicable graduate credit from an accredited college or university into your academic program. If you wish to transfer credit, please complete the Petition for Transfer Credit.
A waiver is requested when you believe you possess the competencies listed for a particular course required for your program. If you believe taking a required course would duplicate previous efforts, you may petition for a waiver of coursework.
A waiver of requirement allows you to not take a required course and indicates you have met the course requirements and associated competencies that are associated with this course. However, a waiver does NOT alleviate the semester hour requirement associated with completing any degree. This statement does not apply to licensure only or endorsement students**.
To petition for a waiver:
- Complete the Petition for Waiver Form for each course you want to waive.
- Provide at least one of the following forms of documentation or justification for your petition:
- Description, verification and a letter or reference of competency from work or life experience.
- Video or audio tapes or portfolio demonstrating skills.
- Evidence of training, workshops, etc., including information regarding content and instructor’s qualification that have provided you with competency.
- Submit completed form and supportive documentation to your academic advisor.
* (Students in licensure programs may petition Oregon’s Teacher Standards and Practices Commission if they are dissatisfied with the denial of a request for waiver.)
**There is no limit to the number of courses that a student may petition to waive toward earning a license or endorsement; however, students must earn at least six semester hours of credit through a program at Lewis & Clark in order to be recommended by Lewis & Clark to the licensing agency or organization.
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