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SALISBURY UNIVERSITY

Department of Teacher Education

Early Childhood Education Professional Program Retention

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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. 

Block A - 13 hours
ECED 352 Integrated Reading and Language Arts Birth-4 4
ELED 305 Learning and Assessment for Diverse Classrooms 4 (A.A.T. takes ELED 202)
ELED 317 Integrating Aesthetic Experiences into Teaching and Learning 4
ELED 397 Diversity and the Self 1

Block B - 17 hours
ECED 356 Play and Creativity in Early Childhood Education 4
ELED 302 Integrated Reading and Language Arts Grades K-3 4
ELED 320 Teaching Diverse Learners 4
ELED 350 Literature for Children 4
ELED 398 Diversity and the Family 1

Block C - 17 hours
ECED 451 Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood Education 4
ECED 452 Teaching Science in Early Childhood Classrooms 4
ELED 453 Teaching Social Studies in Early Childhood Classrooms 4
ELED 410 Literacy Assessment and Intervention 4
ELED 499 Diversity and the Community 1

BLOCK D - 14 Hours
ECED 455 Early Childhood Educational Clinical Practice I 5
ECED 456 Early Childhood Educational Clinical Pratice II 5
ELED 411 Clinical Practice Seminar 4

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 cumulative 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.


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