School of Education Syllabus Policies

1. Taskstream: All PLNU candidates must purchase a student account on in order to fulfill requirements for courses and practicum experiences and for Point Loma School of Education to assess its program effectiveness. You will be submitting a “signature assignment” in many courses for assessment across our four regional centers. 
Candidates in the MAT program receiving their first Credential will receive a free code for their TaskStream account. To get started:
Find the student tutorial for TaskStream at
Go to and purchase an account from their webpage for one – two school years.  One year is $42 and two years is $69.

2. Canvas:  Many instructors use Canvas as a classroom management tool for assignments, due dates and other important information.  Candidates should expect to check Canvas regularly.

3. Electronic communication:  Candidates are expected to use their PLNU e-mail accounts to communicate with university personnel and instructors.  Students should check their PLNU accounts regularly.  Many instructors use Canvas as a classroom management tool.  Students have access to the PLNU computers at Mission Valley, on main campus, Arcadia and Bakersfield.

In alignment with our Conceptual Framework, Point Loma Nazarene University is committed to supporting our candidates as whole persons. Course professors and fieldwork partners will participate in the assessment of candidates’ knowledge, skills and dispositions in an effort to equip, transform and empower each individual personally and professionally.  Dispositions of Noble Character will be addressed in each course and will be assessed in designated courses across all programs. Please see your syllabus and course professor for the assessment procedures in your course.

In consideration for others, please turn your electronic devices to off or the silent mode.  Please also refrain from texting, checking email or conducting Internet activities during class unless otherwise directed by the instructor. Class participation points may be deducted for students conducting these activities during class.

Student assignments or projects are routinely shared in class or across classes for others to review. They may also be submitted to state or accrediting agencies as exemplars or evidence.

Assignments in this class are assigned a point value.  Point values are shown on the assignment chart. Final grades will be determined by the grade scale listed below.
Grading Scale - At the end of the semester, a letter grade for the course will be based on the following scale: 
A 93-100% C+ 76-79%
A- 90-92% C 73-75%
B+ 87-89% C- 70-72%
B 83-86% D 60-69%
B- 80-82% F Below 59%


Class Attendance:
Regular and punctual attendance at all class sessions is considered essential to optimum academic achievement. Therefore, regular attendance and participation in each course are minimal requirements. Absences are counted from the first official meeting of the class regardless of the date of the student's enrollment. If more than 20 percent of the classes are reported as missed, the faculty member may initiate the student's de-enrollment from the course without advance notice to the student. If the date of de-enrollment is past the last date to withdraw from a class, the student will be assigned a grade of "F" or "NC." There are no refunds for courses where a de-enrollment was processed.

A candidate who registers late must therefore be exceptionally careful about regular attendance during the remainder of the course. Registered students who neither attend the first class session nor inform the instructor of record of their desire to remain in the class may, at the request of the instructor, be removed from the class roster.

Exceptions to the foregoing attendance regulations due to extenuating circumstances beyond the student's control may be granted only by appeal to the Vice Provost for Academic Administration. Students should consult the syllabus of each course for specific applications of and elaborations on the above attendance policy.

Online Class Policy:
Students will have a minimum attendance requirement of three days each week. This means that students will log into Canvas and will post a substantive note or engage in another substantive activity on at least three days in each week. Any day missed below this minimum requirement will count as an absence. Students will receive a warning if 10% of the possible attendance days are missed and will be dropped if 20% of the possible attendance days are missed.  (For example in a six week course there are 18 possible days of attendance, based on three a week, so two missed days would result in a warning and four missed days would result in a student being dropped.  In a fifteen week course there are 45 possible days of attendance, so five missed days would result in a warning and nine missed days would result in a student being dropped.)


Note: Students are expected to participate by entering the online class and engaging in the learning activities according to the requirements of the course as listed in the syllabus. A substantive note is one in which a student participates in a learning activity about academic matters, works on substantive activities for the course (e.g. working online problems), or initiates contact (in Canvas) with faculty members to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.  Logging into the online course without active participation or participation not related to the academic subject being studied in the course does not count as attendance.

 Class Participation:
The faculty in the School of Education believes that each student has something important to contribute to class, that learning is greatly enhanced by interaction with other students, and that classes provide students with valuable structured experiences and a knowledge base. Active participation is expected. The following standards have been established for attendance and grading.  Grades may be lower than the established standards based upon individual syllabus requirements, but in no case will they be higher.

Hours Absent:                          Highest Grade Possible:

0-4.5                                                    A

4.6 - 8.9                                              B

9.0+                                                     C- or dropped (20% or more of the course)

Students are responsible for ALL course content, announcements, and handouts distributed in their absence. Identify a class colleague to take notes and collect handouts for you if you are not able to attend class. Students MUST NOTIFY course Professor in advance (if possible) when they anticipate an absence. Students need to arrive on time and stay the entire session. Due to the fast-paced and highly interactive nature of the course, regular attendance and full participation are expected.

Deadlines/Late Assignments:
All assignments are to be submitted at the beginning of class on their due date or as otherwise stated. If an assignment is submitted late the grade may be lowered.

English Conventions:
All work at the graduate level is expected to be of superior quality, with the correct use of standard English and academic language.  Points will be deducted for work that contains excessive errors.  Formal written work must be in APA format (guidelines may be found on-line).

Course Evaluations:
Improving our instruction and programs is vitally important to making sure each candidate in the School of Education receives the knowledge, experiences, and practical applications necessary for their success as teachers and instructional leaders. To ensure that we are constantly improving and meeting the needs of all of our students, you will be asked to evaluate your professor using the online IDEA evaluation system. Towards the end of this course, you will be receiving an email on your Point Loma account asking you to log into the IDEA system and evaluate your professor. This evaluation is totally confidential, and it is crucial that ALL candidates complete the evaluation so that the instructor can have the feedback he/she needs to improve the course and so that the School of Education can receive data necessary to improve the program in which you are enrolled.