Students at EAST are either programme students or visiting students. Those who are not officially accepted into a programme at EAST are considered visiting students. They may be auditing or even be taking classes for credit.
Programme students should take a minimum of 18 credits per year (or an average of 6 credits per quarter) in order to complete their degree programme within the specified time period. This does not include Field Practicum and Internship.
Visiting students can take up to a maximum of 20 credits. Thereafter they are encouraged to apply for a degree programme. However, students may continue to audit classes.
Class credits are based on the quarter credit-hour system. Each credit represents approximately 10 hours of classroom work and 15-20 hours of homework and out-of-classroom involvement. Classes are either two credits or four credits. Many classes also involve application in ministry situations as part of the out-of-classroom involvement. The following criteria determine class credit:
- A grade of A, B, C, or S is necessary to receive credit toward a master’s degree or graduate certificate.
- A grade of A, B, C, D, or S is necessary to receive a credit toward a bachelor’s degree.
- A grade of A, B, C, D, S, or P is necessary to receive credit toward a Partners-in-Ministry certificate.
If a student is unable to complete his/her class work due to death or sickness in the immediate family, an Incomplete (I) will be given. If the student has not made up the class work within 30 days of the last class session, the “I” will be changed to either a passing grade calculated considering zero marks for the missing work or a “No Credit” if the grade would not be a passing grade.
A student who does not complete his/her class work for other reasons and who would not receive a passing grade without completing the missing work may be given an Incomplete at the teacher’s discretion. The student has 30 days or less, as determined by the teacher, to complete the work or receive a non-passing grade.
Students will receive a grade for each class taken for credit. The grades are as follows:
|S||-||Credit (degree & graduate certificate)|
|P||Credit (non-degree certificate)|
A recorded grade will not exceed an “A” or 4.0. Grades are determined by homework, papers, class work, field work, quizzes, and final examinations.
A student is expected to spend approximately 1½ to 2 hours doing homework assignments for each hour spent in class. The homework grades are part of the final class grade and may be reduced up to one letter grade if turned in late.