Appeal Process for Admission to Educator Preparation Program

 

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Appeal Process for Admission to Educator Preparation Program

NOTE: Before you begin completing form please note a letter of support from your faculty advisor or course instructor must be attached to appeal form. There is a section on the form that requires this action.

 

Link to Appeal form: Available Here

If you have issues with the link, please contact Donna Neblett, dneblet1@utm.edu.

 

Admission Requirements for the Education Preparation Program

  1. Students must have an ACT score of 22 or higher OR pass all 3 parts of the Praxis CORE exam.
  2. Students must establish and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  3. Students must demonstrate an acceptable level of written and oral communication skills during an interview process and prepare a one-page document for the interview stating Why I Want to be a Teacher.
  4. Students must submit to and successfully pass a criminal background check and sign the release form.

If a student does not meet the ACT requirement of 22 or higher:

STEP 1. Students should first retake the residual or national ACT.
If a student scores a 22 or higher, they are admitted if all other guidelines are met.
If a student scores a 21, they should complete the components of the appeal application process described below.

 

STEP 2. If the residual score is 21, the student should file an appeal form. The appeals committee will consider grades from education coursework taken before entrance to the EPP related to the student’s program area, attendance, disposition, and any other stipulation applicable to individual students.

 

STEP 3. Once the above requirements are met, the student is fully accepted into the EPP.

If a student has an ACT of 22 or higher but does not meet the GPA requirement of 2.75 or higher:

STEP 1. Students should first attempt to retake any courses with poor grades in an attempt to raise their overall GPA.

 

STEP 2. Students with a GPA between 2.72 and 2.74 may submit the components of the appeal application process described below. If the appeal is accepted, the student will be on probation for one semester to reach a GPA of 2.75. If after one semester, a student is unable to reach a 2.75 GPA, the student may not register for more education classes until the GPA of 2.75 is reached.

 

STEP 3. Once a GPA of 2.75 is reached, the student is fully accepted to the EPP.
If a student has neither an ACT of 22 or higher nor meets the GPA requirement of 2.75, the student is not eligible to submit the components of the appeal application process.

Components of the appeal:

A student who appeals will:

  1. Complete an appeal form with a comprehensive letter of recommendation
  2. Submit a letter from a faculty member with whom the student has had as an instructor and is able to speak to both academic and disposition skills.
  3. Provide a criminal back ground check including a criminal background release form
  4. Demonstrate an acceptable level of written and oral communication skills during an interview process. (prepare a one-page document for the interview stating Why I Want to be a Teacher.
  5. Submit to and successfully pass a criminal background check and sign the release form.
  6. Present this information to the Director of the EPP to be distributed to the Appeals Committee for a decision

If a student’s GPA falls below a 2.75 after acceptance into the program:

STEP 1. Students will be contacted by the Director of the EPP and placed on probation for one semester.

 

STEP 2. If after one semester the student is unable to reach a 2.75 GPA, the student will drop any education courses and be removed from the program.

 

The Appeals Committee will consist of one faculty member representing Health and Human Performance, one from Applied Sciences, one from Fine and Preforming Arts and two from ED Studies. (5 total) The committee will select a chair from this group. These members will rotate off every three years if possible. The Director of the EPP will serve as an ex-officio member to coordinate the work.

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