Page updated March 25, 2020
This page will be updated as information evolves; please check back frequently.
Relevant information and updates for admitted and incoming students will be published on our Admitted Students pages.
COVID-19 and Health/Wellness/Prevention
Advising and Student Services
The Office of Student Services will operate remotely to serve you during our normal business hours, effective through June 12. This is subject to change based on staff availability. Please connect with us by email (email@example.com) with any questions and we will assist you as quickly as possible.
The Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion will be closed for in-person visits and events, but will offer extensive virtual programming during Spring quarter. Visit their calendar of events for more information.
Through June 12, all advising meetings will be held online. Advisers will offer virtual drop-in hours and extended appointment availability in order to connect with you by phone or Zoom. You can also reach your adviser directly via email and they will reply as soon as possible.
- Undergraduate advising resources
- Graduate advising resources
- Current or prospective Masters in Teaching (MIT) students: schedule an appointment here or join online drop-in advising hours on Tuesdays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Current or prospective M.Ed., Ph.D., or Ed.D. students: schedule an appointment here for Student Services advising, or contact your faculty advisor
- Throughout Spring quarter, the Office of Student Services will offer virtual drop-in sessions for Master of Education (MEd) students and Doctoral (PhD & EdD) students.
Academics, Instruction and Technology
Your Spring quarter instructors are working to provide quality online instruction for your courses. We recognize that every student is in a different place with access to technology, access to the internet, work schedules, and caregiving responsibilities, so courses will be developed with an eye to ensuring all students can access the content and learn effectively.
Some of your courses will be conducted synchronously, meaning that you will have online class meetings at the times designated in the UW Time Schedule, but many others will be conducted asynchronously, meaning that you will complete online learning activities at times that fit your schedule while also keeping pace with the instructor’s expectations. Instruction will be customized to meet the needs of the students and the content of the course. Your instructors will contact you via email and/or course Canvas sites by March 30. In the meantime, you can acquaint yourself with the resources for online learning found below.
Student Resources for Online Instruction
Create your UW Zoom Pro account (free service) to join virtual class sessions, or to video conference with your instructors, classmates or colleagues.
Visit the UW’s Information Technology Student Quick-Start Guide
Academics, Instruction and Technology FAQs for Students
In addition to the questions below, we encourage you to review this helpful FAQ from the UW about Spring quarter classes and academics.
- How will academic transcripts, graduation requirements or financial aid be impacted by Winter quarter CR/NC grades?
- The UW registrar has announced that there will be a notation added to transcripts. "Transcript Comment: The COVID-19 outbreak impacted Winter 2020 grades. Some courses display CR/NC rather than numeric grades."
- Students receiving a CR/NC grade will be accommodated when degree requirements are being reviewed for graduation. Winter quarter courses converted to CR/NC will satisfy the Graduate School’s requirement of at least 18 numerically graded credits of 400- and 500-level coursework (excluding 499). The Office of Financial Aid and the Veterans Education Benefits Office have confirmed that receiving all/some CR/NC grades will not negatively affect a student’s financial aid and/or VA benefits for the next quarter of attendance. More details on these and other issues are available on the UW Registrar’s FAQ.
- What should I do if I don’t have a laptop to participate in online learning?
- The College of Education has a limited number of devices available for loan and may be able to support your needs. Visit our Technology Center for more information and to request support.
- In addition, the UW updated its FAQ on technology available for students who do not have access to computing at home: The Student Technology Loan Program allows students to borrow laptops, tablets and other equipment for free. Students can view a real-time equipment inventory. Further, the UW Libraries COVID-19 site has information on the computer labs in the libraries on the Seattle campus.
- What should I do if I don’t have access to reliable Wi-Fi?
- Several internet service companies are offering expanded services that may allow you to get connected. Learn more about offerings from Comcast, Charter Communications and Spectrum.
- Later in the Spring, it’s likely that many buildings on the Seattle campus will re-open to those who rely on campus Wi-Fi. You may also be able to access Wi-Fi on campus at other colleges and universities through Eduroam.
- I have a disability that requires accommodations. How can I complete my courses as expected?
- Please coordinate spring quarter accommodation through UW Disability Resources. Their Seattle office is open via phone/video/email, but will be closed during spring break.
- How will I get the books I need for my Spring quarter classes?
- All Seattle area University Bookstore locations are closed, but the Bookstore is offering free domestic shipping for all online orders. University Bookstore staff are available to provide assistance over the phone. Visit here for more information and updates.
- Students may also order textbooks online from other vendors, such as Amazon and Google Books.
- Will the Writing Center be available for College of Education students?
- This Spring, the Writing Center will offer all online consultations via Zoom, including consultations which offer targeted support to Education students. Schedule an appointment here. If no Education-specific appointments are available, schedule an appointment with a general writing tutor.
We understand that many of you have important fieldwork components to your education in the College. Your program directors are collaborating with state and national certification agencies, as well as school and community partners to ensure your fieldwork requirements are addressed. Your program director will send specific updates regarding fieldwork requirements shortly.
Spring 2020 Degree Completion
The UW and the College of Education are committed to prioritizing the needs of students who plan to complete their degrees in Spring and Summer 2020. Check your email frequently for important degree completion information from your advisers and/or program directors. If the information provided below does not answer your questions about degree completion, you may also contact the Office of Student Services.
No decisions have been made as of yet about the College of Education Graduation Celebration scheduled for June 9 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. We are carefully considering how we can recognize the achievement of our graduates in a way that is meaningful to them and their families, and also helps ensure their health and safety, as well as that of the wider community amid the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. Decisions about the event are contingent on state and local restrictions on large events being lifted in advance of that date. If we have to cancel the in-person event, we will arrange an alternative way to celebrate our graduates. We will provide updates regarding graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks.
Seniors in the ECE, ECFS and ECO majors should watch for announcements from their academic advisers. Advisers are offering virtual drop-in hours and extended appointment availability in order to connect by phone or Zoom.
MIT students should connect with their program directors for information about completing degree and certification requirements.
MEd, EdS, EdD and PhD students should connect with their assigned faculty advisors for information about completing their degree requirements.
Degree Completion FAQs for Graduate Students
- I am a Doctoral student. How will I hold my General or Final Exam this quarter?
- All exams can be held remotely for Spring 2020. Confer with your graduate advisor for more details.
- I am a Master of Education student. Will in-house written Master’s Exams still be scheduled this quarter?
- Yes, for those students who choose or are required to take written exams, those will occur as scheduled on Friday, May 15, 2020 (online if necessary).
Support and Resources for Students
- Student Health and Wellness Services
Resource Guides for Families during School/Childcare Closures (free guides to support child and family learning and well-being compiled by College of Education faculty and staff)
For immediate needs and questions, always feel free to contact the Office of Student Services (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Student Support and Resource FAQs for Students
- I’m an international student. How will the transition to online instruction impact my visa, OPT, CPT?
- I’m a veteran and receive educational benefits. Will the transition to online instruction affect my benefits?
- My employment status has been, or will likely be, affected by the closure of my place of employment. What resources are available to me?
- If you are eligible for financial aid, begin by submitting a revision request to let the Office of Student Financial Aid know about any changes in your financial status. You may also contact OSFA to discuss next steps for your specific situation.
- If you are concerned about student loan repayment, review this information from the Office of Student Financial Aid.
- You may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the State of Washington. Review this guidance from the Washington Employment Security Department.
- I’m a graduate student with an Academic Student Employee (ASE) position. What does this change to online-only instruction mean for my RA/TA/Reader/Grader position?
With the current situation and the University’s move to remote instruction for spring quarter, it is possible that some departments and PIs may need to reassign Academic Student Employees to work that changes their current job description. ASEs should see no change to the compensation, benefits or tuition waiver outlined in their original offer with any reassignments. Per the ASE contract, any ASEs that have been reassigned will be given an updated job description as soon as possible. This ability to reassign includes all ASEs – RAs and TAs as well as hourly ASEs such as Reader/Graders and Tutors.
In the College of Education, we expect minimal impact to those ASEs who are involved in instruction (TAs and Reader/Graders); ASEs who are working on research projects should consult with their PIs or supervisors.
- I live in on-campus housing. What is the status of residence halls, apartments, and/or dining halls?
- Housing & Food Services has a services and updates page that lists hours and service modifications for all facilities. Check the page frequently for updates. You may also visit this coronavirus FAQ for on-campus residents.
College of Education Events & Operations
All in-person College of Education events are cancelled through at least April 24. All online events will continue as planned.
No decisions have been made as of yet about the College of Education Graduation Celebration scheduled for on June 9 at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. We are carefully considering how we can recognize the achievement of our graduates in a way that is meaningful to them and their families, and also helps ensure their health and safety, as well as that of the wider community amid the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak. Decisions about the event are contingent on state and local restrictions on large events being lifted in advance of that date. If we have to cancel the in-person event, we will arrange an alternative way to celebrate our graduates. We will provide updates regarding graduation ceremonies in the coming weeks.