Policies and Procedures for Candidates Not Meeting Unit Expectations
Candidates in both undergraduate programs work closely with their faculty advisors. Unit faculty members assess the progress of candidates and work with candidates to foresee and prevent academic problems. Members of the Teacher Education faculty assess candidates on their dispositions each semester and advise them on their progress in this area. Each semester these two areas, academic and dispositional, are used to monitor candidates’ progress through their program. Candidates who experience difficulties in the program, academic or dispositional, work with their advisor to remediate deficiencies. These remediation plans may involve tutoring, retaking classes, or reviewing results from clinical practice evaluations. If candidates show improvement, no further action is required.
However for candidates who still do not meet unit expectations, the SWCU Teacher Education program has developed the following system in collaboration with administration, partner schools, P-12 clinical faculty members, SWCU Teacher Education Council, and SWCU Teacher Education faculty members. When a candidate’s performance falls below expectations (determined by the SWCU supervisor, P-12 clinical faculty members, and/or course instructor), and informal corrective actions have not been successful, the candidate is placed on an official plan for improvement. This involves identifying the proficiencies the candidate does not meet as described in the assessment instruments utilized in each professional semester or documenting the unacceptable requirements stated in the course syllabi of the professional education programs, so a Candidate Plan for Improvement can be developed and implemented.
The Candidate Plan for Improvement contains a timeline for assessment as well as specific assessment procedures. The Candidate Plan for Improvement is assessed periodically during summative and formative assessment and at the end of the candidate’s placement. If, at the end of the timeline, the candidate does not meet the requirements of the Candidate Plan for Improvement, the candidate is dismissed from the teacher education program. The candidate may appeal the dismissal to the SWCU Appeals Committee by submitting an appeal in writing to the Teacher Education office. The Appeals Committee meets to review the candidate’s grades, performances in the field, and assessments. The candidate is notified of the results in writing. If the Appeals Committee rejects the appeal, the candidate may appeal to the Dean of the School of Education and Sport Studies. If the Dean of the School of Education and Sport Studies rejects the appeal, the candidate is dismissed from the SWCU teacher education program. The Dean will provide alternate degree options and provide information.
Options Following Development of the Candidate Plan for Improvement
The candidate’s progress has been satisfactory and continuous. If a Clinical Practice is involved, the Clinical Practice continues.
The Teacher Candidate is not improving sufficiently and/or demonstrates little progress. No Clinical Practice is involved. The course instructor(s) who are involved in the development of the Plan follow the consequences outlined in the Candidate Plan for Improvement.
The Teacher Candidate is not improving sufficiently. An alternative Clinical Practice, if available, may be recommended with the following stipulations:
- The alternative placement request must be confirmed with a school system, and a Candidate Plan for Improvement will accompany the Teacher Candidate to that assignment. If another classroom placement is recommended, the Teacher Education Director and/or Dean of the School of Education and Sport Studies will present to the Teacher Candidate the options concerning the timing and requirements for the assignment.
- If an alternative placement cannot be confirmed, or if the candidate is already in an alternative assignment, a failing grade of “F” is earned.
- If the candidate’s progress has not been satisfactory and continuation in the program is no longer an option, the candidate is dismissed from the program.
- The candidate is informed of the decision, both in writing and in a conference.
- The candidate is informed of the right to appeal the decision through the University’s appeal process.
NOTE: However, there may be actions or behaviors in direct violations of the SWCU Student Code of Conduct. In these cases, the SWCU Disciplinary Process - Student Handbook Violations (SWCU Student Handbook pg.49) will be followed.