Early Childhood/Elementary  Education Professional Program Retention

Program Requirements

The Professional Teacher Education Program (PTEP) consists of courses (see list below) taken in a prescribed sequence over a continuous four-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.

  • Exhibit appropriate professional program candidate dispositions.

Professional Program Courses-

  • Maintain a GPA of 2.75 or higher for professional program courses (see list below).

  • Earn at least grade “C” in all professional program courses (see list below). Course with grades below "C"  may not be repeated more than one time.

  • Complete all professional program courses at Salisbury University. 

ECED/ELED Double Major Requirements

Block A - 12 hours
ECED 320 Developing the Young Child 3
ELED 318 Computers in Education 3
ELED 309 Classroom Visitations 0
ELED *310 Language Arts Instruction 3
ELED *316 Reading Instruction 3
ELED 317 Creative Arts Instruction 3

Block B - 9 hours
ELED 309 Classroom Visitations 0
ELED 311 Mathematics Instruction 3
ELED 312 Science Instruction 3
ELED 313 Social Studies Instruction 3
ELED 408 Children's Literature 3

Block C - 12 hours
ECED **421 Language, Literacy, Play 3
ECED **422 Discovery through Interdisciplinary Studies 3
ELED 415 Instructional Techniques for Inclusion 3
ELED 416 Classroom Management (Optional) 3
ELED **309 Classroom Visitations 0
ELED 427 Classroom Assessment and Intervention in Reading 3

BLOCK D - 15 Hours
ECED ***445 Early Childhood Education Internship I 6
ELED 401 Elementary Education Internship I 6
ELED 402 Elementary Education Internship II 6
ELED 411 Internship Seminar 3

* Prerequisites for ELED 408 and ELED 427
** Courses taken with visitations for PreK/K
*** 21 weeks of internship required

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 professional program courses.

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

  • All professional program courses have been completed at Salisbury University.

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

  • Should a candidate fail to satisfactorily pass a professional program course during the second attempt, s/he will be dismissed from the Professional Teacher Education Program.

  • Candidates whose professional program GPA falls below a 2.75 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 whose 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 who return to the program must comply with all requirements that are in effect at that time.

Appeals Procedure

  • Candidates can appeal decisions regarding their status by submitting a formal response in writing to the Program Director within ten (10) days of the notification of the formal action.