Student Policies

Coursework Policies for Elementary Education Students

Transferring Courses

Formal evaluation of transcripts for transfer of courses from other universities is done by the IU East Office of Admissions. Faculty will work with the appropriate university personnel during this process.

Transfer students will be required to meet requirements for Admission to the Teacher Education Program (including coursework, grade point averages, Praxis I scores, writing sample and interview) prior to taking Methods courses (Approved IU East School of Education February 3, 2005.)

Residency Requirements

The following coursework must be taken at IU East:

  • Student Teaching and Capstone
    • Elementary – EDUC-M 425 and EDUC-M 420 (12 credits)
  • Pre-student teaching field experience (and portfolio) – EDUC-M 401 (elementary and secondary) (2 credits)
  • Additional hours in methods courses to equal a total of at least 20 hours of coursework must be taken at IU East. All courses will be chosen in consultation with an education advisor after analysis of transfer credits.
    (Approved by IU East Division of Education February 3, 2005.)

Revalidation Policy for Completed Coursework

The School of Education requires revalidation of certain Professional Education courses that are over seven years old at the time of matriculation into the School of Education or at the time of return to the SOE after one year or more absence. Revalidation will occur when the course is part of the foundations courses in the School (F205, M300, P250, M201, W200, K305 or K306, E337, and E301).

The means of revalidation will be a test designed to revalidate credit in the specific course.

  • Students must receive 75% or higher to pass.
  • The test may be repeated once, but may be taken only once in a given semester.

Students who wish to revalidate coursework must contact the Dean at least one month prior to the first day of class.

  • The Dean will make arrangements with the appropriate faculty to provide the student with the revalidation test.
  • Exams will be designed and graded by the appropriate faculty in the School of Education
  • A form will be filled out and placed in the student's file. The form will include:
    • date of test
    • recommendation for revalidation
    • pass or fail
    • signatures of faculty assessing test and Dean.

Students who are unsuccessful in passing the revalidation exam must enroll in the course to receive credit.

All other Professional Education Courses must have been completed within the seven year period prior to matriculation into the School of Education or the seven year period prior to return to the School after one year or more absence.
(Approved by IU East Division of Education January 22, 2009.)

Additional Areas of Certification

All coursework (from IUE or other campuses or universities) must have an average GPA of 2.7 or higher as a condition of licensing verification toward the addition of another area of certification on a teacher’s existing license.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program includes meeting the following requirements:

All students must:

  1. have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  2. have successfully passed Praxis I (PPST) competency tests in math (175), reading (176), and writing (172) or the CASA exam.
  3. *complete W131 Freshman Composition and S121 Public Speaking with a C or better in each course. Students not meeting this standard will be required to complete an additional course in the area of deficiency with a B- or better.
  4. *complete F205 Education and American Culture with a C or better.
  5. *complete P250 (General Education Psychology) with a B- or better with successful completion of the M201 field experience.
  6. complete W200.
  7. successfully complete an interview and writing sample.
  8. submit an application form to the SOE Admissions Committee.
  9. sign Professional Agreement document

Elementary students must have a 2.5 GPA in the following group of courses:

  • F205 Education and American Culture
  • M300 Teaching in a Pluralistic Society
  • Q200 Introduction to Scientific Inquiry
  • E111 Math for Elementary Teachers I
  • H105 or H106 American History
  • W200 Computers in Education
  • P250 General Education Psychology

Students must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) prior to the beginning of the semester in which they intend to begin their methods courses. To ensure this is accomplished in a timely fashion the following deadlines apply for all semesters:

  • Applications for admission to Teacher Education must be submitted to the School of Education Admissions and Retention Committee no later than one week after grades are received for the semester just completed if it includes any of the TEP prerequisites.

PRAXIS Policy

Students in the elementary program who are enrolled in EDUC F205 are required to take the “practice PRAXIS” in order to receive a grade in the course. Failure to take the “practice PRAXIS” will result in a grade of “R.” During the fall semester, students must take the test prior to the fall break. During the spring semester, students must take the test prior to spring break. Students are encouraged to complete the PRAXIS I as soon as possible after they have successfully completed the “practice “PRAXIS.” As per School of Education policy, PRAXIS I scores must be submitted to the Admission and Retention Committee two weeks prior to the start of the semester students plan on taking methods.

Students who meet the new SAT/ACT requirements (effective as of May 10, 2010) are exempt.
Effective January 2011

Students may register for methods courses. However, they will be withdrawn from methods courses if they do not meet Admission to Teacher Education requirements.

Admission Policies

The following information is effective for coursework and assessments taken after January 1, 2011.

Any candidate who, at the conclusion of two enrollments (grade recorded) in the same required foundations, methods course and/or field experience, has not earned the required grade for admission to or retention in the program will be excluded from the Teacher Education Program for a minimum of one year. At that time the candidate may apply for re-admission. The letter of re-admission must provide concrete evidence of steps taken to resolve the reasons for dismissal. Re-admittance is not guaranteed.

Writing Sample and Interview Process

Any candidate who has completed the writing sample/interview process, for admission to the teacher education program twice and has been unsuccessful on both occasions, shall be deferred from the teacher education program and completing certification requirements at Indiana University East.

Deferred Status

Students obtaining a score placing them in the Deferred category in any area of the admissions process will not be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students scoring in the “Deferred” category will NOT be allowed to enroll in EDUC M311 until they have successfully passed all portions of the admissions process. Students will have an opportunity to speak with a member(s) of the Admission Committee concerning strategies to improve their future performance on the Writing Sample/Interview.

Re-taking the admissions process

Students will be allowed to retake the portion of the admissions process in which they obtained a score placing them in the Deferred category the next time the Writing Sample/Interview is offered (once per semester, and summer) or at a later time when they feel that they are prepared to be successful (see paragraph below).

Repeat attempts

Students in the “Deferred” category have a three year time period from the date of their initial attempt in which to obtain passing scores and be accepted into the TEP. Within this three year period of time, students will be allowed to retake the deferred portion of the Writing Sample/Interview process a maximum of two additional time (i.e., three times total). If after three years, students have not achieved scores placing them in the admitted category, they will be required to wait one year before reattempting the Writing Sample/Interview process. After this one year waiting period, students can again attempt to pass the Writing Sample/ Interview. Following their first attempt after the one year waiting period, students will again be allowed to retake the deferred portion of the Writing Sample/Interview process a maximum of two additional time (i.e. three times total) within three years
* Any student currently denoted as “”Conditionally Accepted” will fall under the guidelines for “Deferred” status.

Appeal Process

A student failing to meet the minimum score required to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program (TEP) has the following appeals available:

  1. The student may request that two additional faculty members from the School of Education read and score the essay.
  2. The student may appeal to the Dean of the School of Education.

Retention

As described in the UAS (pages 43-45), student progress is reviewed on a regular basis throughout the program. University and Education Advising Plans outline specific minimum performance requirements. The following items are also included as specific guidelines:

  1. Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.
  2. Demonstrate satisfactory progress in the area of professional knowledge and competence by:
    • Achieving a 3.0 GPA in methods courses (see advising sheet) with no grade lower than a C+.
    • Successfully completing all lab/field experiences and practicums.
  3. Maintain standards of appropriate social, ethical, and academic conduct as described in the APP process.

Candidates failing to meet one or more of these three standards are dismissed from the Teacher Education Program. Candidates who have been dismissed from the program can request probationary status. (Passed by IU East Division of Education 11/11/04.)

Probation

Candidates who are dismissed from the Teacher Education Program (TEP) may request probationary status for the following semester (summer semester may be excluded). The request for probation must be made by the candidate in writing within 15 days from the date on the letter of dismissal. These letters will be sent with delivery confirmation. Probation is granted at the discretion of the SoE Probation Hearing Committee. In the case of portfolio-based dismissals, a member of the School of Education Assessment Committee will also serve on the Probation Hearing Committee.

A candidate will have an opportunity to present evidence in support of his/her request for probation. A written decision and terms of the probation (if appropriate) will be provided to the candidate by the Chair of the School of Education Admissions Committee within thirty days and will become part of the candidate's permanent record. If probation is denied, candidates who have registered early will be administratively withdrawn from Education courses for which they have registered.

If probationary status is granted, in most cases, the candidate will not be permitted to remain on probationary status more than one semester. If retention standards are not met after one semester, the candidate is not readmitted to the TEP.

Candidates who successfully meet retention standards by the end of the probationary semester will be admitted to the TEP and a letter placed into their permanent record indicating their release from probationary status. Candidates are still required to follow all SoE Standards as specified in the Teacher Education Handbook on the IU East School of Education webpage.

The following information is effective for coursework and assessments taken after May 15, 2003.
Once admitted to the Teacher Education Program, a candidate may only apply for probationary status one time. Subsequent failures to meet the terms of probation or program requirements will result in permanent exclusion from the teacher education program and completing requirements for certification at Indiana University East.

Readmission/probation should not be assumed and are not automatic. Readmission/probation is at the discretion of the Admissions and Retention Committee, after a careful review of the candidate’s complete history with regard to completing the program and obtaining teacher certification. If a candidate is granted readmission, it is probationary.(Passed by IU East Division of Education February 27, 2003.)

Appeal

All candidates have the right to the University appeals process.

Candidate Responsibility

In every case and at each step of the probation and/or retention process, it is the responsibility of the candidate to initiate all requests and to meet all deadlines. (Reviewed by IU East Division of Education 12/9/04.)

Technology Requirements

Laptop Policy

Indiana University East School of Education students are required to purchase a notebook (laptop) computer effective Fall 2012.  The laptop will be incorporated within classes, field experiences, and student teaching.