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Graduation Steps for the Master's Programs


In an attempt to make graduation steps clearer, the Secondary Education Department has created the following guidelines to help you with the process.

Step 1: Consult with your Advisor

If you are planning to complete your degree this semester, please be in contact to discuss final coursework.

Step 2: Transfer all credits

If you have studied at another institution and will be using graduate credits earned at that institution, make sure to transfer those credits officially to the university. 

Transfer Credit Form

Step 3: Complete the "Application for Candidacy" form

This form is used to apply for candidacy status after successfully completing at least 12 s.h. and before completing 24 s.h. of graduate study. It is a tool for you to plan your degree completion process. This form is usually filled out at the beginning of your final semester.

Application for Candidacy Form

Step 4: Submit your portfolio

Portfolios are created in TaskStream and submitted electronically and will be evaluated by members of the graduate faculty. Please submit your finished portfolio to D2L under Secondary Education Graduate Student Portfolios and notify Dr. Walsh Coates that the portfolio is ready for evaluation.  Please contact the College of Education Associate Dean, Dr. Carissa Pokorny-Golden for a subscription to TaskStream. 

* Masters of Teaching students do not need to complete this step.

 For more information about the portfolio click on the link below.

 M.Ed. Portfolio Guidelines

 A sample graduate portfolio can be found here

Step 5: Apply for Graduation through MyKU

Through, using your Network ID and password, log into MyKU and take the following actions listed below to apply for graduation.

  • Click Student Center 
  • Click My Academics 
  • Click Apply for Graduation
  • Verify Degree
  • Click Academic Program
  • Choose semester of graduation
  • Review directions
  • Click CONTINUE

For any further assistance or questions with the MyKU process, please contact Lori Lentz ( or Tami Shirk (

Step 6: Making arrangements for walking at graduation

If you would like to participate in Commencement exercises, please visit the Kutztown Commencement website for further information.

Step 7: Check dates

If you are planning to graduate, please keep in mind the deadlines found on the commencement website.