Program Academic Policies
Policy on Academic Standing
Candidates admitted to the Teacher Education Program are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better while in the program. In addition, candidates are expected to make a grade of “C” or better in all Teacher Education courses. Candidates are required to repeat any courses in the Division of Education for which they do not receive a grade of “C” or better. Not meeting these requirements for good academic standing will result in action by the Teacher Education Committee.
Policy on Exemptions / Waivers / Substitutions
Candidates wishing to exempt various courses and requirements in the Teacher Education Program must make this wish known to the Chair of the Division of Education, who will in turn seek appropriate documentation from the candidate. The Admissions Subcommittee of the Teacher Education Committee will act on the candidate’s request after consultation with the appropriate Division of Education faculty members (and other academic program faculty members when appropriate). Course Waiver Forms are available in the Office of Academic Affairs.
Policy on Appeals
All appeals concerning denied admissions to various aspects of the Teacher Education Program should be made in writing to the Chair of the Division of Education, who will, in turn, establish an Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee will consist of the Chair of the Division of Education, the Vice President of Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, two members of the Admissions Subcommittee of the Teacher Education Committee, and one member at large from the faculty. The Appeals Committee will interview the candidate, and the Chair of the Division of Education will make the Committee’s recommendation known to the candidate in writing.
Policy on Readmission to Teacher Education
A candidate must re-apply to the college and to the Teacher Education Program if he or she has been absent for one or more semesters. This is in accordance with current College Catalog procedures.
TaskStream™ is a Web-based electronic portfolio application which allows students to upload and share selected work via the World Wide Web. Students in various programs in our college must subscribe to TaskStream™ as part of the program’s requirements.
TaskStream™ also has tools which allow students to create standards-based lesson plans, evaluation rubrics, instructional units, and their own personal Web-based portfolio.
Materials uploaded to TaskStream™ are used as part of course requirements. They also are evaluated and used in our college’s accreditation reports.
As a condition of application to Teacher Education, all candidates must subscribe to and maintain a subscription to TaskStream™ throughout the teacher education program.
Beginning with the first semester of the junior year, candidates will create and maintain an electronic portfolio to document all the evidences required for program completion and licensure. Common assignments from various courses will be submitted as part of the portfolio.
Policy on Student Records
Primarily, Public Law 93-380, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, governs access to student records. Candidates have the right to inspect and review information contained in their education records. In order to inspect and review their education record, a candidate must complete the appropriate form available in the Division of Education. Once the candidate has completed the required form, the candidate may review the record in the office of the Chair of the Division of Education.
All student records are kept in locked filing cabinets in the Division of Education. Only full-time professional faculty members in the Division of Education who have reason to use student records will have access to them. Student records may be used in the Program only—they may not be removed from the Division of Education. Upon occasion, it is necessary to share information about certain candidates with part-time adjunct faculty members who teach in the Division of Education and who have contractual commitments with the Division of Education. The decision to share information from student records in such cases is carefully weighed by the Chair of the Division of Education and is shared only if the information is necessary for the betterment of the education of the candidate.
Candidates authorize the release of college entrance examination scores and copies of official transcripts at the time that they complete an Interest Form expressing interest in the Teacher Education Program. These scores and documents are used to advise the candidate towards success in the Teacher Education Program and to determine admission to the program. Candidates also sign a statement of acknowledgment that the Exit Criteria for Student Teaching will become a part of the candidate’s placement file and can be given to prospective employers if requested. This statement may be found at the end of the Final Exit Criteria form.