GPA Policy – Fall 2013

Professional Education – Initial Licensure programs

In January 2013, the Undergraduate Education Committee (UEC) approved a new Grade Point Average (GPA) policy for students enrolled in a professional education initial licensure program starting Fall 2013. After much research and discussion, the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) decided that a change was necessary to raise the standards of its academic programs in order to better prepare teacher candidates to be more competitive in the job market. This new policy is enacted in two ways; it raises the minimum overall GPA requirement in the decision points (DP2, DP3, DP4) while advising students earlier in their academic careers of the increased expectations.

Below is an excerpt from the Teacher Licensing section of the 2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog. Policy revisions related to the new GPA standard are in bold.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT/DECISION POINTS

Grade points will be checked at the end of each semester beginning when students earn 30 hours. An overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 is required for admission to the teaching curriculum (at the end of DP2) and continuation in all educator preparation programs.

Decision Point 1: Identification with Professional Education  As a prerequisite to applying for admission to teacher education and to enroll in any professional education course after earning 30 credit hours, candidates must have:

• earned a minimum of 30 credit hours with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.75;
• completed an introductory professional education course with a C or better grade;
• satisfactorily completed the first-level portfolio review.

Decision Point 2:
Admission to Teacher Education

For admission to a teaching curriculum and to register in any 300-level and above professional education course, candidates must have:

• earned grades of C or better in 100- and 200-level professional education courses and COMM 210 or equivalent;
• earned a minimum of 45 credit hours with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0;
• passed the Core Academic Skills Assessment (CASA) at OELD score levels; SAT, GRE, or ACT scores may substitute for CASA under some circumstances;
• satisfied content requirements specified by the student’s licensure area. For specific requirements, students should see the licensure area Web site or handbook;
• satisfactorily completed the second-level portfolio review;
• met International Society for Technology Education Standards (ISTE) at the General Preparation level;
• maintained clearance from the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services.


Decision Point 3:
Admission to Student Teaching
To register for student-teaching courses, students must have:

• earned grades of C or better in all 300- and 400-level professional education courses;
• earned a minimum of 93 hours with overall grade-point average of at least 3.0;
• be within 9 hours of completion of content courses;
• maintained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in professional education courses and 2.5 in all content area courses;
• satisfied content requirements specified by the student’s licensure area. For specific requirements, students should see the licensure area Web site or handbook;
• satisfactorily completed the third-level portfolio review;
• met ISTE standards at the Professional Preparation level;
• maintained clearance from the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services

• an approved application for student teaching.

Decision Point 4:
Recommendation for Graduation and Licensure
To be recommended for graduation and licensure, students must have:
• earned credit in student teaching;
• completed all requirements for graduation with an overall grade-point average of 3.0;
• maintained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in professional education courses and 2.5 in all content area courses;
• satisfactorily completed the fourth-level portfolio review;
• met ISTE standards at the Student Teaching/Internship level;
• successfully completed service learning requirements;
• passed the official Indiana specialty area licensure tests (see your advisor for details);
• maintained clearance from the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services

• provided evidence of current CPR/AED certification prior to license recommendation;
• provided evidence of completion of suicide prevention training prior to license recommendation;
• provided a completed license application through the Indiana Department of Education’s Licensing Verification and Information System (LVIS).

How will the policy be implemented?

The new GPA policy has been incorporated into the decision points of all initial licensure programs in rGrade™. rGrade serves as the assessment and accreditation system for the EPP. The GPA of all actively enrolled initial licensure students will be checked at the end of each semester. If a student’s GPA is below 2.75 after 30 hours, s/he will receive an email from the Teaches College Dean’s Office notifying him/her that a 3.0 GPA is required at 45 hours in order to apply for the teaching curriculum and register for 300-400 level courses. The 3.0 GPA check at 45 hours is listed as a Decision Point 2 requirement and will need to be met in order to pass the overall decision point (along with other DP2 requirements) and to later apply for student teaching. Students will be required to maintain a 3.0 every semester after 45 hours. By the end of Decision Point 4, a 3.0 GPA will be required for students to be recommended for graduation and licensure.