Transfer of Credits/Sequence/Recommended Program of Study

Interprogram Transfer of Credits

Penn State Law: A maximum of twelve credits for EDTHP course work may be transferred for credit toward the J.D. degree at Penn State Law. Students must obtain a grade satisfactory to Penn State Law for the course work to be credited toward the J.D. degree. The following EDTHP courses may qualify for credit in Penn State Law:

  1. EDTHP 518 (Analysis of U.S. Educational Policy);
  2. EDTHP 520 (Theoretical Perspectives on School Reform);
  3. EDTHP 533 (Social History and Educational Policy);
  4. EDTHP 541 (Contemporary Philosophies of Education); and
  5. EDTHP 587 (Education Policy and Politics).

EDTHP: What courses may be credited will be determined by the student’s degree program. Normally a maximum of twelve credits of Penn State Law course work will be counted for credit for the minimum requirements for a master’s degree, subject to approval by the student’s advisory committee.

Normally, a maximum of 30 credits from a master’s degree program will be counted for credit for the minimum requirements for a Ph.D. degree.


The sequence of courses will be determined by the students and their advisers.

Recommended Program of Study and Advising

All students in the program will have two advisers, one from Penn State Law and one from EDTHP. Periodic interaction between the two advisers will be encouraged. A program of study will be developed for each student, taking into account the fact that some courses are offered on a rotating or intermittent basis. Many courses are offered every year but some are offered every two or three years. Advisers will have available a list of projected relevant courses or educational experiences in order to work with the student on an individualized program of study. The standard committee structure will apply to the EDTHP programs.