Retention in the Field-Based Program
Retention in the Field-Based Program
In order to be retained in the Teacher Education Program a student must do as follows:
- Continue to meet admission standards.
- Remain in good standing with their Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) and school placement Principal.
- Make satisfactory progress toward teacher certification.
Definition of satisfactory progress:
Satisfactory progress means that a student completes internship, residency, or internship/residency. If for any reason a student withdraws after being admitted to the Teacher Education Program, the student must appeal to TEARAC to begin again. A student’s academic record will be re-evaluated to determine if the student requires additional or modified coursework in pursuit of the certification being sought, and if current admission criteria are met. Courses may change based on the re-evaluation and the student may not be re-admitted if all current admission criteria are not met.
Who may initiate dismissal from the Teacher Education Program?
- Teacher Education Admission, Retention & Appeals Committee (TEARAC): If a student does not meet the established admission criteria, or is not satisfactorily pursing certification, the student will be dismissed from Teacher Education Program. In addition, a TEARAC review of a student in reference to an academic or professional behavioral concern may be requested by A&M-Commerce or public school personnel at any stage in the Teacher Education Program.
- Instructional Leadership Team (ILT): A student may be dismissed from internship or residency by a recommendation to the principal from the student’s field-based Instructional Leadership Team (ILT). This recommendation will result in the student no longer being retained in the Teacher Education Program.
- Principal (school placement): A student may be dismissed from internship or residency by a recommendation and letter from the principal of the school where the student is placed. This may occur if the principal determines that it is in the best interest of K-12 learners or the intern/resident that the field experience be terminated. This recommendation will result in the student no longer being retained in the Teacher Education Program.
Reasons for dismissal from internship or residency and the Teacher Education Program may include, but are not limited to the following:
Failure to meet course requirements
Lack of progress demonstrating the five state proficiencies of: learner-centered knowledge, learner-centered communication, learner-centered professional development, learner-centered instruction, and equity in excellence for all learners
Lack of progress or success on a growth plan
Violation of the Code of Ethics and Standards for Texas Teachers
Non-adherence to the Intern Commitment Contract
Violation of school district and/or campus rules and regulations
Excessive tardiness, absences, or failure to complete or make-up days missed in the field
Failure to respond to feedback from the ILT
Procedures for removing a student from internship or residency:
If dismissal is due to a violation of established admission or retention criteria, the Center for Educator Certification and Academic Services (CECAS) will notify the student in writing of the grounds for dismissal and due process.
If dismissal is resulting from an ILT or school placement principal recommendation, a request to terminate the placement will be generated by the principal. The principal will send a letter to the Director of the NET CPDT/Educator Field Experiences and Certification. This letter will convey that it is in the best interest of K-12 learners or the intern/resident that the internship/residency field experience be terminated. After this occurs, the university liaison or site/center coordinator will schedule a meeting with the student, the university liaison, and the NET CPDT Director to inform the student of the decision to terminate the placement and dismiss the student.