Academic Standards and Grading
Upon entering the graduate program, candidates are encouraged to confer with the Graduate Program Co-Chairs as needed and are required to meet each quarter for an academic progress review and registration approval for the next quarter. If a candidate voluntarily withdraws from the program, a formal application for re-entry is required, and program requirements in effect at that time must met.
The SOE Graduate Co-Chairs oversee each candidate’s academic record for all coursework and internship experiences at the end of each quarter. The requirements, including specific program requirements and key assessments reflecting unit, state and professional standards and professional dispositions and commitments that must be met by each candidate are outlined above in Transition Assessment Points I –IV. Candidates are informed by the Graduate Co-Chairs when Transition Assessment Points I – IV are not met. Candidate deficiencies that may impact a candidate’s academic standing, which may include warning, probation, or dismissal from the program, are governed by the Graduate Co-Chairs.
Categories of Academic Standing for Candidates
Status of a candidate who has met academic and internship requirements in a satisfactory manner.
Status of a candidate whose academic and internship performance places him/her in jeopardy of falling below the minimum stated standards.
Status of a candidate whose academic and internship performance has fallen below the minimum stated standards.
Action whereby a candidate will be dismissed from the Master of Education in Teacher as Instructional Leader program due to failure to adhere to academic, internship, and program requirements, and/or policies or procedures as specified in the Master of Education in Teacher as Instructional Leader Program Handbook and the South College Catalog. Graduate Program Co-Chairs recommend dismissal and forward the recommendation to the SOE Dean who after approval forwards the recommendation to the SC Executive Vice-President.
Causes of and consequences for receiving a Warning, Probation, or Dismissal
A candidate who receives a grade of less than 70% on any key course assessments will receive a warning and must meet with the Graduate Program Co-Chairs for an intervention plan.
Warning for Key Course Assessments: Candidates placed on an intervention are provided a written plan that details learner outcomes to be remediated and a timeline for completion.The Graduate Program Co-Chairs prepare the plan and work with the candidate to assure its completion. Successful completion of the intervention plan is required before approval is granted for enrollment in coursework the following quarter. Failure to complete the intervention plan may result in the candidate receiving a final grade less than B.
A candidate will be placed on probation if his/her cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Candidates with a cumulative GPA below 3.00: A candidate with a cumulative GPA below 3.00 at the end of any quarter will receive notification from the Graduate Program Co-Chairs that he/she is on Probation. If the candidate fails to raise his/her cumulative GPA to a 3.00 at the end of the next quarter, he/she will be dismissed from the Master of Education in Teacher as Instructional Leader program. If the candidate raises his/her cumulative GPA to a 3.00 or higher at the end of the next quarter, he/she will be removed from Probation. If a candidate’s cumulative GPA falls below a 3.00 a second time, he/she will be dismissed from the Master of Education in Teacher as Instructional Leader program. Only one probation quarter is allowed.
Action whereby a candidate will be dismissed from the Master of Education in Teacher as Instructional Leader program due to failure to adhere to academic, internship, and program requirements, and/or policies or procedures as specified in the Master of Education in Teacher as Instructional Leader Program Handbook and the South College Catalog.
- A candidate fails (a grade below 70%) any course or internship;
- A candidate has a cumulative GPA of less than 3.00 at the end of any quarter and then fails to raise his/her cumulative GPA to a 3.00 or higher at the end of the next quarter;
- A candidate’s cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 for a second time;
- A candidate fails to meet professional standards as reflected in the Graduate Program Handbook, South College Catalog, state or federal law, or for moral turpitude, unprofessional behavior, criminal activity, or other reasons as defined by South College;
- South College reserves the right to dismiss at any time a candidate who, in its judgment, is undesirable and whose continued enrollment is detrimental to him/herself or his/her fellow candidates or whose presence is disruptive to the learning environment, or the orderly operation of the College.
Course instructors determine the final grade in all courses. Grades are based on the requirements of each course, attendance and participation, and a final examination. Assignments are particular to each course. Examples of assignments are written assignments, action research, oral presentations with use of technology, reading assignments, reflective journal entries, development of personal portfolio, and professional development activities. The weight or value of assignments is found on the course syllabus.
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Candidates must maintain a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 3.00 to remain in the graduate program.
Candidates are expected to attend and participate in all class sessions and seminars each quarter. For each quarter credit hour assigned to a course, students should expect 10 hours of classroom or direct faculty instruction, which may occur face-to-face or in an electronic environment. Much of the classroom work is collaborative and interactive and cannot be made up if missed. An attendance and participation policy is stated on each course syllabus and included in the evaluation for a final grade. Class tardiness and leaving early also carry grade penalties. For each quarter credit hours, a minimum of 20 hours of out-of-class student work should be expected. Classroom or direct faculty instruction may include, but is not limited to, lectures, discussions, forums, chat sessions, blogs, presentations, projects, group interaction, and other activities. Out-of-class work may include, but is not limited to, study and reflection, completion of assignments, reading and review of assigned materials, completion of necessary research, group meetings for study or project completion, and completion of tutorials or simulations.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
Graduate applicants must show evidence of a current TBI Fingerprinting and Criminal History Records Check prior to enrolling in graduate coursework.
The South College Graduate School of Education Leadership Academy currently offers a Master of Education in Teacher as Instructional Leader degree program. The Master of Education in Teacher as Instructional Leader is a four-quarter cohort program of study designed to prepare teachers as instructional leaders in the classroom and in the total school.