Academic Probation and Dismissal

Once admitted to the School of Education, the student applicant is considered a candidate for teacher certification. To remain in good standing and progress through a School of Education program, a candidate admitted to School of Education must maintain throughout the program the same standards as those for admission. Prior to admission to the School of Education (SOE), University probation and dismissal policies apply. Upon admission to the School of Education the following probation policy applies:

  • The student’s overall GPA falls below 3.0.
  • The student’s GPA falls below 3.0 in the major (Dyson or SOE major)(s).
  • The student receives a grade below “B” in any education course.
In the first semester that a candidate is placed on academic warning, he or she is required to meet with an advisor to develop an Action Plan to return to good standing. Probationary status may include restrictions on the type or number of courses that the student will be allowed to register for, and/or referral to the Center for Academic Excellence, or other support centers, for academic skill development. A student may also be required to retake courses. At the end of the academic warning period, the student must either achieve the academic requirements or show significant academic improvement in order to continue in the School of Education.
If students at the candidate level fail to achieve the required GPA or grades after the academic warning period, they may not continue in the School of Education. Students may appeal their dismissal from the School of Education by sending a written appeal to the appropriate Assistant Dean of the School of Education no later than two weeks from the receipt of written notification of removal from the School of Education. Students may not continue in the School of Education if they fail to meet the academic requirements for more than two semesters (consecutive or nonconsecutive). Students who are not allowed to continue in a School of Education program must transfer to another Pace school or college. If the academic record of the candidate prohibits another Pace school or college from accepting the student, then the student may be dismissed from the University.