To be a professional educator today requires constant diligence as you work to develop essential skills, knowledge, performances, and dispositions. The UNI Teacher Education Faculty, administrators, and support staff look for signs of your growth in all these areas, whether it is in your course work, your relationship to all the community members involved in your field experience, or your day-to-day actions with university personnel. You are responsible for becoming knowledgeable about the expectations of your professors, administrators, and support staff so that you can successfully move through the Teacher Education Program. In order to meet your responsibilities fully, you should maintain and check your UNI email account regularly (at least twice a week) so that you can receive timely updates. You should also monitor your progress through the program through the UNITED system on MyUNIverse and keep updated on the requirements of the Teacher Education Program through the www.uni.edu/teachered web site. The Teacher Education Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/UNI-Teacher-Education/237493416329574) will provide timely updates about important changes in requirements and information about opportunities for your professional development.
Progressing Through the Teacher Education Program
Four Decision Points are established to mark your progression through the Teacher Education Program:
- Admission to the University
- Admission to the Teacher Education Program
- Admission to Student Teaching
- Recommendation for Licensure
Teacher Education Faculty members, staff, and/or administrators may delay you in moving through the Decision Points if you demonstrate deficiencies in meeting course or program standards. To help you correct such deficiencies, faculty, staff, and/or administrators may file a Notification of Concern (NOC), indicating how you can remedy the deficiency. Only after the deficiencies are resolved may you expect to move forward in the program. Therefore, you have a responsibility to respond to an NOC and to initiate contact with the person who filed the NOC within the timeframe stated in the email.
Rights to Appeal
As a teacher education major, you have the right of appeal in such matters as denial of admission to various levels of the teacher education program, your student teaching semester assignment, the decision to temporarily drop you from the program because of an unresolved NOC, or the process by which you have been suspended from the Teacher Education Program. Appeal processes for grievances related to individual course grades or other conflicts between an individual student and an individual faculty member are presented in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Statement, available at http://www.uni.edu/vpess/handbook.html. For appeals related to the Teacher Education Program, please see the information below.
Appeals Procedures for the Teacher Education Program
Entry to the Teacher Education Program
Admission to the Teacher Education Program is a privilege, not a right. There is no constitutional or accepted legal theory guaranteeing your right to admission regardless of your qualifications. Currently, any student who meets the admission requirements in full will be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, unless that student has an unresolved Notification of Concern (NOC). Any student who is denied admission because of an NOC can appeal that decision.
Academic Probation in the Teacher Education Program
If your required GPAs drop below 2.50, you will be automatically suspended from the Teacher Education Program. In this case, you will not be allowed to register for or take courses that require full admission to the Teacher Education Program until you have achieve the required 2.5 GPA. In extraordinary situations, students can appeal to be allowed to continue for a maximum of one semester in the teacher education program even when they no longer meet the required GPAs. To request an appeal form, contact the Office of Teacher Education. Please note that such appeals are only granted when circumstances beyond a student’s control fully justify granting the appeal.
Suspension from the Teacher Education Program
If you are suspended from the Teacher Education Program for reasons other than an insufficient GPA, you may appeal this suspension. Suspensions for reasons other than GPA are due to multiple and/or serious Notifications of Concern or extreme behaviors that threaten the safety of others. To appeal a suspension due to non-GPA related causes, you must submit a written request to the appropriate Teacher Education Senate through the Office of Teacher Education, asking that the suspension decision be reviewed by the Senate. Your appeal must arrive within 15 class days of the date of the suspension notification. A decision upon your suspension will be made by the appropriate Teacher Education Senate within 15 class days of receipt of your appeal. Should the Senate’s decision be unsatisfactory, you have 15 class days to appeal to the Teacher Education Executive Council. This Council will render a final and binding decision regarding your appeal within 15 class days. Suspensions from the Teacher Education Program due to factors other than grades or GPAs are for a minimum of one year. Only the most extreme circumstances would warrant consideration for re-admission before one calendar year has elapsed and is determined by the appropriate Teacher Education Senate. At the time of suspension, students are informed of the conditions and procedures for re-admission to the program.
Suspension from the Teacher Education Program
If you have multiple unresolved Notifications of Concern indicating significant deficiencies in meeting the standards for the Teacher Education Program, you will be considered for suspension from the Program. Suspension from the Program is determined by the Teacher Candidate Professional Review Committee and is for a minimum of one calendar year. Only the most extreme circumstances would warrant consideration for re-admission before one calendar year has elapsed and is determined by the appropriate Teacher Education Senate. At the time of suspension, students are informed of the conditions and procedures for re-admission to the program.
Any student may be suspended by a Teacher Education Program Coordinator for extreme, unforeseen circumstances such as endangerment of students, disruption of schools or classes, felonious behaviors, or serious ethical violations. Such suspensions will be referred to the Teacher Education Executive Council for review and may become permanent.
Readmission to the Teacher Education Program
If you are suspended from the program and wish to be re-admitted, contact the appropriate teacher education program coordinator for information about how to proceed. The decision to re-admit students on a probationary status will be made by a Teacher Candidate Professional Review Committee. Conditions for probationary readmission are determined on a case-by-case basis by the Committee and in accordance with conditions determined at the time of suspension. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, the Teacher Candidate Professional Review Committee determines conditions for full readmission and may recommend such to the appropriate Teacher Education Senate and/or the Teacher Education Executive Council which makes the final decision.
Suspension for a second time is considered permanent. Only the most extreme circumstances would warrant consideration for re-admission a second time. Reconsideration is determined by the Teacher Education Executive Council.