Student Handbook - Gateway Approval Process


Approval Process
Students must make formal application to the Professional Progress Committee (PPC) to be approved through a particular Gateway. Applications are reviewed by the PPC, and students will be notified in writing of the action of the Committee. Unsuccessful applicants may request an advisory meeting with the Professional Progress Committee.


Process for Unsuccessful Applicants
Applicants not successful in meeting the benchmarks for a particular Gateway will be notified and given an opportunity to meet with the PPC. A request for special consideration form may be picked up in the Field Experience Office, completed and signed by both the student and the academic advisor. An unofficial transcript must be attached to the request form. The completed form is then submitted to the Field Experience Office, so that it can be presented at the next meeting of the PPC. The PPC will view the request and forward a recommendation for action to the


Transfer Students’ Placement within Gateways
Students who transfer from other institutions should meet with the Director of Field Experience regarding placement relative to the established Gateways. Students must complete required benchmarks to be allowed passage to the next level.


Process for Addressing Concerns About Students
The PPC will choose from one of the following options when reviewing concerns about students:

1. No formal action is taken. The concern is noted in the student's file.

2. Committee requests additional input from Education & Secondary faculty.

3. Set up an Initial Advisement Session with the Chair of PPC and Director of Field Experience.

4. Summons to appear before the full PPC.

Denied Access to Classes
Students who have not been approved through Gateway Two will not be allowed to register for any upper-level education or special education classes (with the exception of EDU 367 and EDU 303).


Concluding Remarks
You are encouraged to meet with your faculty advisor, the Director of Field Experiences and the Dean of Education as needed. These people are here to assist you with your education. Again, welcome to the beginning of a very rewarding professional life.

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