Students who are denied admission to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification (PPTC) because of the GPA requirement write a letter of appeal to the Dean of Education for a waiver of the GPA requirement presenting compelling evidence of both of the following:
- Demonstrated academic ability in recent coursework with an exemplary GPA showing a different pattern of performance from prior undergraduate course work and
- Intervening life experience, e.g., working with children or in a profession/vocation that has contributed to their growth and maturity as a prospective teacher.
The appeal will be reviewed and decided upon by the School of Education and Professional Studies Appeals Committee. The dean or designee may call a meeting with the applicant to discuss the appeal in person. The decision regarding the appeal for a waiver of the GPA admission requirement will be communicated in writing to the student by the Dean of Education or designee. See the entire appeals policies for full details.
Appeals Policy for Admission and Retention Decisions
Denial of admission to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification (PPTC), removal from the PPTC, denial of approval to participate in field experiences or Student Teaching, or removal from field experiences or Student Teaching are academic decisions which reflect careful and deliberate judgment by the PPTC faculty. Factors which are considered in such decisions include, but are not limited to, the adequate professional development of the PPTC student, the PPTC requirements and performance standards, the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility for Teachers, professional performance standards and attributes mandated by the Connecticut State Department of Education, National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education standards, and the PPTC’s unique responsibilities to children and schools.
The University recognizes that on occasions there may be an error or palpable injustice in the determination of denial of admission to the PPTC, removal from the PPTC, denial of approval to participate in field experiences or Student Teaching, or removal from field experiences or Student Teaching. A student who believes that an error or a palpable injustice has occurred in arriving at this decision may pursue an appeal. Students should read and follow the Professional Program for Teacher Certification Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs Appeals Policies to pursue an appeal.