Academic Standards and Grading
Upon entering the program, BS candidates meet with their AA who explains the program of study, course schedules, academic services, grievance process, interventions, and career choices. Candidates are encouraged to confer with their AA as needed and are required to meet with their AA each quarter for an academic progress review, and next quarter’s registration approval. 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 be met.
The Teacher Education Committee oversees each candidate’s academic record for all coursework, field experiences, and clinical practice 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 in Transition Assessment Points I – IV described above. Candidates are informed by the AA 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 Teacher Education Committee.
CATEGORIES OF ACADEMIC STANDING FOR CANDIDATES:
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 Catalog. The Teacher Education Committee recommends dismissal after review of the candidate’s academic record and forwards the recommendation to the South College Executive Vice President.
THE CAUSES OF AND CONSEQUENCES FOR RECEIVING A WARNING, PROBATION, OR DISMISSAL:
A BS candidate who receives a grade of less than 80% on any Key Assessment in Transition Assessment Points I and II is reported to the Collaborative Intervention Committee at the 4th and 7th weeks for consideration of a needed intervention. Candidates are informed when an intervention is deemed necessary, and the intervention serves as a warning.
Warning for Key Assessments in Transition Assessment Points I and II:
BS candidates placed on a Key Assessment intervention are provided a written plan that details learner outcomes to be remediated and a timeline for completion. The Curriculum Coordinator prepares the plan and works with the course instructor to assure its completion. Failure to successfully complete an intervention plan may result in the candidate receiving a final grade less than a B in professional education courses and less than a C in major courses.
A BS candidate receiving a grade less than a B in professional education courses and/or less than a 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.
A BS student teacher who receives a grade of less than 80% on any Key Assessment in weekly Clinical Practice assessments are informed by the EDU 4090 A and B course instructors of the need for an intervention, which serves as a warning.
Warning for Key Assessments in Transition Assessment Point III, Clinical Practice:
Student teachers placed on a Key Assessment intervention are provided a written plan that details learner outcomes to be remediated and a timeline for completion. The Interim Coordinators of Clinical Practice prepare the plan and work with the student teacher, plus the mentoring teacher and/or clinical practice supervisor as needed, to assure its completion. A student teaching intervention could extend the candidate’s placement and/or result in not earning 80%, the grade needed to advance to the next Placement, and/or result in failure to complete EDU 4090 A and B. Failure to successfully complete Placement I or Placement II will result in dismissal from the program.
A 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 Administrative 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 Catalog.
Candidates will be dismissed from the Bachelor of Science Teacher Education Program when:
- A candidate fails to meet course grade requirements after two attempts.
- A candidate fails to raise his/her cumulative GPA to a 2.75 during the probation quarter.
- A candidate’s cumulative GPA falls below 2.75 for a second quarter.
- A candidate fails to meet clinical practice course requirements in Placement I or in Placement II.
- A candidate fails to meet professional standards as reflected in the Teacher Education Program Handbook, the SOE Induction Manual, the 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.
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
Bachelor of Science applicants must show evidence of a current TBI Fingerprinting and Criminal History Records Check prior to first enrollment in EDU 3000 or initial entry into the program and prior to Admission to Student Teaching.
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 Administrative 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 as provided during orientation to South College and that is made available in the Dean of Student Services office and on the student portal.