Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Professional Program for Teacher Certification Policies

All policies of the Professional Program for Teacher Certification apply to all students admitted to the Professional Program, regardless of the program level of the student. A more complete description of polices can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Appeals Process for Professional Program Students. 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 Professional Studies. Please note, a particular decision cannot be appealed under multiple decision types covered by the appeals policies (i.e. 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).

Appeal for Admission GPA Waiver. 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.

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.

Restricted Professional Course Work. Most education courses offered in the teacher education programs require admission to the Professional Program for Teacher Certification. Students who have not been admitted to a teacher education program are not allowed to enroll in restricted courses.

Repeat Policy. An exception to the course repeat policy exists in the School of Education and Professional Studies which requires that departmental permission be granted to repeat any professional program course, including courses from which the student has withdrawn. Teacher candidates must submit the request for permission to repeat any of these courses to the chair of Teacher Education before adding the course to their schedule for a second time. Once teacher candidates have the chair's approval, the School of Education and Professional Studies will utilize the most recent CCSU GPA in its calculations of the 2.70 minimum total GPA requirement for continuation in the professional program.

Retention Criteria. Once admitted to a particular teacher education program, a post-baccalaureate student is expected to maintain:

  • a 3.00 GPA overall and in the Professional Program;

  • appropriate or professional behavior, attitudes, attributes, and responses in various contexts in which teachers and teacher candidates serve;

  • acceptable performance during field experiences or Student Teaching;

  • acceptable performance on performance assessments;

  • adherence to the Connecticut Code of Professional Responsibility for Teachers;

  • confidentiality of all information concerning colleagues and students obtained during the educational process; and

  • integrity and honesty in written and verbal communications, documentation, and coursework at all times.   

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