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Appeal Process

Students who have not met program admission requirements or have been denied admission to the program unjustly may appeal in writing to the Appeals Committee. Further appeals relating to issues of due process may be made to the college Academic Standards Committee. Download the appeal form »

Class rosters are checked each semester to determine if all of the students enrolled are eligible to be in that class. Students who are not eligible are informed of their deficiency and are told that they will be dropped from the course(s) unless they become eligible or are granted permission by the Appeals Committee to stay in the course(s).

Below are some of the primary reasons students file appeals, and advice as to what to do should you not meet the admission criteria:

Grade Point Average below 2.5.

How to calculate your GPA

This is the most common reason for ineligibility. If your GPA is below a 2.5, you should do the following:

  • Plan your program so that you know when you have to take EDUC 302-303. Once you know the latest semester during which you must take your first 300-level education course, you have a target date so that you can then work on improving your GPA. The planning process is described in the "Planning Your Program" section of this booklet.
  • If you are at a point where you must take EDUC 302-303 and your GPA is between a 2.40 and 2.49, you may appeal to the Teacher Education Appeals Committee for permission to take these courses. You will have to prove that you must indeed take these courses at this time and that your GPA is improving.
  • If your GPA is 2.39 or below, you will have to make alternate plans because you are not eligible to appeal. Make an appointment with the Dean of Education to discuss your options.
  • Use Calvin's support systems to improve your grades, including free tutoring and study groups offered by Student Academic Services, the Rhetoric Center for help with paper writing and editing, counseling from the Broene Center, and conferences with your instructors, who are eager to help you succeed.
Failed to meet Reading, Writing, and Mathematics competency test requirements
  • Testing requirements are described at http://www.calvin.edu/academic/education/cert/mttc.html .
  • NOTE: The policy below is waived for fall 2014. Candidates may begin EDUC 302-303 without passing the PRE, as long as they have met all other requirements for admission to the Professional Education Program.
  • If the candidate did not meet the minimum ACT and/or MME score required for each area (reading, mathematics, and writing), candidates must attempt the Professional Readiness Exam or the ACT prior to beginning EDUC 302-303. If one or more subtests are not passed, the candidate should immediately register for the next scheduled exam, which is offered on-campus four times each year or computer-based at an approved test site on various additional dates. If the score report will not be received prior to beginning EDUC 302-303, the candidate will need to appeal in order to remain in EDUC 302-303. Meet with an advisor to determine if there is any way to postpone EDUC 302-303 to a later semester and also ask the advisor for assistance with preparing a study plan prior to retaking the test.
Denied Permission to Student Teach

The requirements for permission to student teach are listed in this guidebook (see Table of Contents). If you have been denied permission to student teach because you did not meet department requirements, you should do the following:

  • Contact your advisor in that department. If you believe that you have a situation that warrants an appeal, your first appeal is to the department that denied you permission, and your advisor from that department will work with you to prepare the appeal.
  • If your appeal is denied by the department and you believe you have a good case, your next level of appeal is to the Teacher Education Program Appeals Committee. Contact the Education Department for instructions on how to proceed.