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Exemption regulation for ICO courses requirements

These regulations update the current rules for exemption from ICO course requirements, which are part of the ICO Educational Regulations (see for more information Appendix 12 of ICO's application for recognition as a research school of education from KNAW, 2005).

ICO Education will consider exemption for ICO courses in the following cases:

  1. All courses (thematic and methodological) included in the standard list of courses that satisfy ICO Educational Requirements, provided by the universities that are full members of ICO.
  2. All courses (thematic and methodological) that are provided by KNAW recognized research schools and that (a) are clearly relevant to educational domains and (b) are related to the educational science paradigm. Points (a) and (b) need to be verified by the Educational Director.
  3. For all other courses a request for exemption must be sent by the PhD supervisor to the ICO Educational Director. This request should at least contain (1) a description of the course, indicating that it is within the field of interest of ICO, (2) evidence that the course is taught at the graduate level by an accredited university or national scientific body, (3) evidence that the study load is at least 100 hours, and (4) evidence that the course has been successfully completed.

For all cases, exemption is only rewarded after the student has produced evidence that the course yielding the exemption has been successfully completed.

The exemption clause does never apply for courses that have a general academic orientation. Some example are scientific writing, scientific presentation, tutor training, specific software packages, time and project management, career planning, etc.

The ICO Introductory course, making a Junior (2nd year students) and a Senior (3rd year students) presentation either at the ICO toogdag or the International Fall School, and participation in the bi-annual International Fall School are compulsory for all ICO PhD students. ICO Education does not release from these events. Because of the new set up of the Educational Programme, one exeption is made for students who will defend their thesis in 2012, and who are not able to attend the International Fall School in this year. In this case exemption for the bi-annual International Fall School is possible.

Appendix: Exemption Request Form