Education Specialties
Holloway Hall

Secondary Education Professional Program Retention

Program Requirements

The Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) consists of courses taken in a prescribed sequence over a continuous three-semester process. Once admitted to the PTEP, candidates are required to adhere to Salisbury University standards for graduation with the following additions:

  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher including transfer courses which fulfill general education program requirements

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher for content major and professional program courses

  • Earn at least a minimum grade “C” in all professional program courses

  • Complete all professional program courses at Salisbury University

  • Exhibit appropriate professional program candidate dispositions

Probation and Removal from Probationary Status

Candidates who fail to meet the above criteria are placed on probation. Removal from probationary status occurs when:

  • An overall GPA of 2.50 or higher has been achieved

  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher has been earned in all content major and professional program courses

  • At least a grade “C” has been earned in all professional program courses

  • Exhibit appropriate professional program candidate dispositions

NOTE: Candidates will not be admitted to internship if they are on probation

Repeating a Course

Candidates are permitted to repeat a professional program course one time in order to earn the minimum of grade “C”. Pre-professional courses may be repeated more than once. Candidates who repeat a course at Salisbury University will receive the grade for the last occurrence of the class. 

Program Dismissal

Candidates will be dismissed from the program under any of the following circumstances:

  • Candidates fail to satisfactorily pass a professional program course during the second attempt

  • Candidates’ cumulative GPA falls below a 2.75 in the content area or professional program courses will be placed on probation for one semester, after which the candidate will be dismissed from the program if the GPA does not improve to a minimum 2.75 GPA

  • Candidates’ overall GPA falls below a 2.50 will be placed on probation for one semester, after which the candidate will be dismissed from the program if the GPA does not improve to a minimum 2.50 GPA

  • Candidates display inappropriate dispositions of a serious nature

Candidates who return to the program must comply with all requirements that are in effect at that time.

Appeals Procedure

  • The K-12/2ndry Education Program Director will notify candidates in writing regarding their change in status.  The candidate may submit a formal appeal in writing to the Education Specialties Chair within ten (10) days of the notification of the formal action. 

  • There are no waivers for admission criteria to the PTEP