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Selective Retention

The Committee on Selective Retention is responsible for monitoring the progress of each candidate admitted into the Teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education. The committee urges all faculty members to submit, at any time, the name of any student who they believe should be evaluated by the committee to determine whether the student should continue to pursue a degree or certification in the Teacher Preparation Program.

At the end of each regular semester and summer session, the committee examines student records to assure that each student is making satisfactory progress toward a degree and possesses the dispositions (personal and social qualities) that are necessary for effective teaching.

Satisfactory progress toward a degree in the Teacher Preparation Program is defined all of the following:

  • Earning an overall gpa of at least a 2.5 overall cumulative GPA each regular semester and summer semester
  • Earning and maintaining a major gpa of at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in all content area coursework and professional education coursework, which includes earning no less than "C" in all courses labeled EDCI, EDFL, IRED, READ, SPED; in PSYC 220, PSYC 311, PSYC 312, and/or PSYC 255 (where required); all required HLTH and KNES courses; and in all content area courses required for the primary and secondary focus areas in middle school and secondary education programs. The Early Childhood and Elementary Education major must earn "C" or better in MATH 107 (or 103), 117, 217, and 317, and in the specialized academic areas (VIAR 215, EDCI 308, MUS 306, THEA 300, HLTH 300, KNES 301, and/or KNES 307, as required by the curriculum; and courses in other fields of certification).

The Committee on Selective Retention may place a candidate on probation or remove a candidate from the Teacher Preparation Program if a candidate fails to meet the requirements. In all cases in which either type of action is taken, candidates are requested to re-evaluate their vocational goals and/or study patterns by consulting with one or more of the following: the Department Head of the Department of Curriculum or the College of Education Office of Student Services.

Any candidate who is either denied admission to, or removed from, the Teacher Preparation Program will be reconsidered for the Teacher Preparation Program in the College of Education after having earned a non-education degree with at least a 2.5 overall cumulative GPA from a regionally accredited college or university.

An individual may request such reconsideration by 1) submitting an official transcript which notes the awarding of the degree earned, and 2) obtaining an official prescription of courses required to complete a certification area and possibly a second undergraduate degree.