Academic Standards and Grading
ACADEMIC STANDARDS, CANDIDATE PROGRESS, AND GRADING
Upon entering the program, BS candidates meet with an education advisor who explains the program of study, course schedules, academic services, grievance process, interventions, and career choices. Candidates are encouraged to confer with their education advisor a minimum of each quarter for an academic progress review, and the next quarter’s registration approval. If a student or pre-service candidate voluntarily withdraws from the program, a formal application for re-entry is required, and program requirements in effect at that time must be met.
The Teacher Education Committee oversees each candidate’s academic record for appropriate progression through the program. Candidates are informed by the education advisor when program requirements and competencies 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 Teacher Education Committee.
Categories of Academic Standing for Students and Pre-Candidates are:
Good Standing: Status of a candidate who has met academic and clinical practice requirements in a satisfactory manner.
Warning: Status of a candidate whose academic and clinical practice performance places him/her in jeopardy of falling below the minimum stated standards.
Probation: Status of a candidate whose academic and clinical practice performance has fallen below the minimum stated standards.
Dismissal: Action whereby a candidate will be dismissed from the Bachelor of Science Teacher Education Program due to failure to adhere to academic and clinical practice requirements and/or policies and procedures as specified in the Teacher Education Program Handbook, the SOE Induction Manual, and the South College Student Handbook. The Teacher Education Committee recommends dismissal after review of the candidate’s academic record and forwards the recommendation to the South College Vice Chancellor of Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness.
The causes of and consequences for receiving a Warning, Probation, or Dismissal are:
A BS candidate who receives a course grade below what is required receives a Warning. Deficiencies are reported to the School of Education Faculty for consideration of a needed intervention. Candidates are informed when an intervention is deemed necessary, and a schedule for completion determined.
Warning for Deficiencies in Progression Levels/Stages (Program Admission and Pre-Service Candidacy)
BS candidates placed on an intervention are provided a written plan that details learner outcomes to be remediated and a timeline for completion. The Advisor, in consultation with the Program Coordinator and Dean, prepares the intervention plan and works with the student or pre-service candidate to assure its completion. Failure to successfully complete an intervention plan may result in the student or pre-service candidate receiving a final grade less than B in professional education courses and less than a C in academic major courses.
A BS candidate receiving a grade less than B in professional education courses and/or less than C in academic major courses will receive a Warning and must repeat that course(s) to remain in Good Standing. Candidates failing to meet the course grade requirements after two attempts are dismissed from the BS Teacher Education Program.
Warning for Deficiencies in Clinical Practice
A BS Clinical Practice Student Teacher who receives a less than Target score on any key assessment, specifically edTPA rubrics, receives a Warning that work has not met the minimum Target performance and must confer with the Coordinator of Student Teaching, who collaborates with the College Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher to establish an intervention plan, as appropriate, that details what actions must be taken in order to avoid less than Target scores, the score needed to advance to the next Placement or to complete EDU 4090 A or B. Interventions during clinical practice in student teaching could EXTEND a candidate’s placement. Failure to successfully complete Placement I or Placement II will result in dismissal from the BS Initial Licensure program. Such candidates may apply for readmission to Clinical Practice and meet curriculum and edTPA requirements in place at that time for student teaching and the program.
Warning for Dispositions Unbecoming of a Future Educator
BS students or pre-service candidates who exhibit dispositions unbecoming of a future educator shall have a School of Education (SOE) recommendation form completed by a designated SOE faculty member. The recommendation form shall be provided to the student or pre-service candidate in a meeting regarding the disposition(s) issue(s), and a copy of the completed form shall be placed in the student or pre-service candidate’s file. Further dispositional issues exhibited by the student or pre-service candidate may lead to program Probation and/or Dismissal.
A student or per-service candidate will be placed on probation if his/her cumulative GPA falls below a 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
Candidates with a cumulative GPA below 2.75.
A BS candidate with a cumulative GPA below 2.75 at the end of quarters 1, 2, 3, or 4 will receive notification from the education advisor that he/she is on probation. If the candidate raises his/her cumulative GPA to a 2.75 or higher at the end of the next quarter, he/she will be removed from probation. Only one probation quarter is allowed. Candidates unsuccessful in raising their minimum cumulative GPA to 2.75 the following quarter will be dismissed from the program.
BS candidates will be dismissed for failure to comply with academic and clinical practice requirements and/or policies and procedures as specified in the Teacher Education Program Handbook, the SOE Induction Manual, and the South College Student Handbook. Candidates will be dismissed from the Bachelor of Science Teacher Education Program when:
1. A candidate fails to meet course grade requirements after two attempts.
2. A candidate fails to raise his/her cumulative GPA to a 2.75 during the probation quarter.
3. A candidate’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 for a second quarter.
4. A candidate fails to meet clinical practice course requirements in Placement I or in Placement II.
5. A candidate fails to meet professional standards as reflected in the Teacher Education Program Handbook, the SOE Induction Manual, the South College Student Handbook, state or federal law, or for moral turpitude, unprofessional behavior, criminal activity, or other reasons as defined by South College.
6. South College reserves the right to dismiss at any time a candidate who, in its judgment, exhibits undesirable dispositions 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.
Candidates are expected to participate in all class sessions and seminars each quarter. Education classes typically meet once a week for three and one-half hours with additional time required outside of class for preparation and study. 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.
CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
Bachelor of Science applicants must show evidence of a current TBI Finger-printing and Criminal History Records Check prior to first enrollment in 3000 level education courses at initial entry into the program and prior to Admission to Student Teaching.
STEA – Evidence of Student Tennessee Education Association membership (and copies of renewal receipts as appropriate) is required to be submitted to the Dean of the School of Education prior to field experience participation. This membership must be renewed annually throughout the candidate’s program including Enhanced Student Teaching. STEA membership affords each candidate liability insurance as well as numerous professional development opportunities.
CANDIDATE GRIEVANCE PROCESS
If a candidate wishes to make a formal complaint to deviate from established Teacher Education Policies as stated in the South College Catalog, the Teacher Education Handbook or the SOE website, the candidate is encouraged to discuss his/her concern with the course instructor, the education advisor, or the SOE Dean. If satisfaction cannot be attained at this level, and the candidate wants to make his/her concern official, he/she must complete a Candidate Grievance Form. Every effort will be made to resolve the concern at the SOE level. If the grievance cannot be resolved at the SOE level, the candidate would assume responsibility for following the College’s grievance process outlined in the current South College Student Handbook available in the Dean of Student Services office and on the student portal.