Academic Progress

Once you are admitted into the Teacher Education program of your choice, you will focus on learning what you need to know to be the best teacher possible.

Our faculty will help you actively engage in a culture of reflective practice and continuous improvement. You will learn to advocate for your students and their learning through leadership, collaboration, innovation, flexibility and critical thinking.

In one of the last courses that you will take before student teaching, you will assemble a portfolio to demonstrate in writing that you’ve gained the necessary skills and experience during your studies at WSU. So, it is helpful if you save all of your work from all of your classes for possible inclusion in this portfolio.  

Remember, all of your coursework must be completed before you can student teach, so plan carefully. In order to graduate, you must maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher, earn a grade of "C" or better in all Professional Education Sequence courses including all EDFD courses, HERS 204, and SPED 300. K-12 and 5-12 majors must also earn a "C" or better in EDUC 429 and EDFD 449. Rochester campus students should communicate with their academic advisors to learn which courses in their program are part of the Professional Education Sequence. All students must also satisfactorily complete the student teaching experience and demonstrate proficiency in all competencies as outlined in the student teaching handbook (PDF).

Except for field experience and student teaching, students must take all courses in the major, minor, certificate, and licensures on a grade-only basis. The P/NC option is available to non-majors unless otherwise noted. Courses offered on a P/NC-only or grade-only basis are so designated in the course descriptions. 

No Professional Education Sequence course including all EDFD courses, HERS 204, SPED 300, and EDUC 429 may be repeated more than once due to withdrawal or earning a grade less than a “C.” . Rochester campus students should communicate with their academic advisors to learn which courses in their program are part of the Professional Education Sequence.  

The grade of “Incomplete” (I) may be granted at the discretion of the course instructor in special cases where, for reasons beyond the student’s control, all course assignments were not finished but the student was passing all other aspects of the course. The “Incomplete” must be resolved by the second week of the next semester enrolled for any course that serves as a prerequisite for other courses. Students with outstanding incompletes will not be allowed to student teach.

Assistance is available for students who struggle in this area of study. Students identified by teacher education faculty as needing assistance in academic, personal, or professional domains are required to attend a review meeting to be called by the program leader, the faculty member(s) involved, and the student’s advisor to demonstrate corrective action in the identified areas of concern. Assistance plans will likely draw upon services available through the Warrior Success Center and/or the Counseling and Wellness Center. If a student withdraws from the program for any reason, they must meet with their program leader and the Education Admission Director to continue in the program. Student Assistance Plans and Academic Warning Letters are treated as part of the student's teacher education record. 

The successful completion of conditions outlined in the student assistance plan will be required for continuation in teacher education programs under the following circumstances:

  • A grade of less than “C” in any Education, Foundation, Research, and Technology (EDFD) courses, Sped 300, HERS 204, and EDUC 429 (for K-12 and 5-12 programs); EDUC 328 and 329 (for Elementary and Elementary with Early Childhood programs).
  • Failure to meet GPA requirements outlined below.
  •  Failure to meet disposition guidelines.

Teacher education students must maintain at least a 2.75 GPA in their major in order to be placed in student teaching. Students with outstanding incompletes will not be allowed to student teach.

Student assistance plans and academic warning letters are treated as part of the student’s teacher education record.

Students may be dismissed from the Teacher Education Program for any of the following reasons:

Note: A student dismissed for a violation will not be allowed to continue in any field experience for that semester, will be dropped from the Teacher Education Program at the end of the semester, and will not be readmitted to the major.

Teacher education majors should use the following procedures to appeal issues related to admission or retention in the teacher education program. The purpose of the teacher education appeals procedure is to guarantee all students due process rights and to protect students from bias and retaliation.

Note: A specific issue may be appealed only once.

This procedure should not be used to appeal course grades. Course grades are appealed through the Grade Appeal Committee.

If you have concerns about admission or retention in the teacher education program except for grades, first discuss it with your academic advisor. If your concerns remain unresolved, then request to meet with your major department chair to further discuss a resolution to your concern. If your concern is still unresolved, prepare your concern in writing on the Application for Appeal form.  On the Winona Campus, this form may be obtained in Gildemeister 110. On the Rochester Campus, this form may be obtained in EA201 or by calling 507.285.7488.

On the Winona Campus, the window for submitting admissions appeals is Nov. 1 - Nov. 15 in the fall and April 1 - April 15 in the spring.