Appeals Process for
All Students and Professional Programs
Denial of admission
to the professional program for teacher certification, removal from the
professional program, denial of approval to participate in field experiences or
student teaching, or removal from field experiences or student teaching are
academic decisions that reflect careful and deliberate judgment by faculty.
Factors that are considered in such decisions include, but are not limited to,
the adequate development of the student, professional program 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 professional program'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 professional program, removal from the professional
program, 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 procedures in
arriving at a decision may pursue an appeal. A copy of the full appeals policy
may be obtained from the office of the dean of the School of Education and
In addition to appeals based on
error or palpable injustice, a student whose undergraduate cumulative GPA is
below 2.70 may appeal for a waiver of the admission GPA requirements. Students
who have been denied admission because of the GPA requirement may write a
letter of appeal to the dean of the School of Education and Professional
Studies for a waiver of the GPA requirement presenting compelling evidence of
both of the following:
Demonstrated academic ability in recent
coursework showing an exemplary pattern of performance different from prior
undergraduate course work; and
Intervening life experience, e.g., working with
children or in a profession/vocation that has contributed to the applicant's
growth and maturity as a prospective teacher.
The appeal will be
reviewed by the School of Education and Professional Studies appeals committee.
The committee will make a recommendation to the dean, who will make the final
decision. The decision regarding the appeal of the GPA requirement will be
communicated in writing to the student by the dean of Education and
Professional Studies or designee and the department.
Students who are denied admission to
the professional program for reasons other than GPA may contact the assistant
dean to discuss issues concerning the application.