College of Education Academic Standing Policy

The College of Education strives to ensure the academic success of all students. The policies and regulations outlined below define the expected standards of the College of Education and may be higher than those prescribed by the University.

Good Academic Standing

A student is considered to be in good academic standing when they are making satisfactory progress toward the completion of a program within the College. Academic standing is monitored by each program and is reviewed at the end of each academic semester. A student is considered to be making good academic progress if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The student's term and cumulative GPA are at or higher than the prescribed program GPA;
  • The student has no more than two Incomplete (I) grades on their academic record; and
  • The student satisfactorily completes all attempted courses within the semester for which they register.

Attempted Courses

An "attempted course" is defined as the registration for a course or courses with a continued registration status within the course or courses after the prescribed University add/drop date. Withdrawing from a course or courses after the prescribed University add/drop date or the receipt of an incomplete grade within the course will count as an attempt and will be used in the determination of a student's academic standing within their respective program. Failure to satisfy the requirement of an incomplete contract within the designated time period will result in the agreed upon default grade being noted on a student's record.


A student who does not meet the requirements for being in good academic standing may be placed on probation at the end of the term in which they fail to meet this standard. A student placed within probationary status will have an academic hold placed on his/her account and will not be able to register until he/she contacts their program for guidance. A student will be notified of his/her probationary status through the student's University email account. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that all contact information is current within the university.

Students may be in probationary status for a period of no more than one academic school year. Students must be in good academic standing at the end of the prescribed probation period. Probationary status will be removed during any semester during this time period when a student achieves good academic standing status.

Probation Limitations within Program Registration

A student who does not meet the requirements for good academic standing may be limited in the ability to register within their program. A program may opt to limit a student's registration on the following grounds:

  • The student's cumulative GPA has fallen below the program standard;
  • The student's term GPA has fallen below the program standard;
  • The student has registered for courses outside of the program requirements without program approval;
  • Failure to pass required testing for credentialing or licensure;
  • The student is unlikely to make satisfactory progress within the program within the prescribed maximum time limits for completion; and/or
  • Student has received two (2) unsuccessful grades in professional education courses.

Limitations to a student's course enrollment can include, but are not limited to:

  • A limitation placed on the number of credit hours attempted within a term;
  • A limitation, restriction or exclusion placed on registration until deficiencies are addressed; and/or
  • The implementation of a required GPA for the semester.

Any prescribed limitations are implemented at the discretion of the department, in accordance with programmatic requirements. In an attempt to ensure future academic success and provide the necessary guidance to a student who is not in good standing, a program may develop an academic plan for that student.

Academic Plans

An academic plan can be developed and implemented to either address academic deficiencies or as a requirement for the continuation of financial aid under the University's Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. Within the College of Education, all academic plans will be developed according to the requirements of programs and these requirements may be more stringent than those within SAP requirements. Students needing an academic plan should meet with their respective advisor to develop a formal plan. Any plans created outside of the College of Education will not be honored when considering acceptable academic standing, probationary status or program dismissal within any College of Education program.

The development of an academic plan is one of the most successful attempts at ensuring a student's future academic success within their program. This process requires a student to meet with either their program chair and/or program advisor to identify potential or actual barriers to future academic success and create an action plan for remedying identified deficiencies within a prescribed time period. The program representative and student will sign the plan and the student will receive a copy for future reference. Refusal to sign an academic plan does not negate its validity. A student is required to abide by all of the terms of the academic plan for continued residency within his/her programs. A student failing to abide by the terms of an academic plan may be dismissed from his/her program and/or the College of Education.

Academic Dismissal

Students dismissed from a program within the College of Education will be notified of this action by certified mail and through their University email accounts. Failure to have an accurate address on file is not a reason for overturning a dismissal. Students are responsible for monitoring their academic progress. The College of Education and University are not responsible for any expense incurred by the student upon dismissal from the program.

Students requesting an appeal of a program dismissal decision should do so through a formal petition to the College of Education Admissions and Standards Committee.

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