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Academic Policies & Procedures
Academic Policies Academic Procedures
Transfer Policies Academic Suspension
Correspondence Credit/Credit by Exam Grade Appeals
Professional Dispositions Statement Complaints Regarding Classroom
Performance of Instructor
Rule 21 Denial of Continuation in the Professional
Education Component
Grade Point Average Student Teaching/Field Experience Appeal
Repeat Courses Denial of Recommendation for Certification at the Department/College Level
Basic Skills Testing (PPST) Out-of-Area Student Teaching
Student Teaching Policies  
Academic Amnesty  
Program Progress  
UNO Catalog  
Wait List for Closed Classes  
Change of Grades  
Application for Degree  
Background Checks  
Overload Appeal Guidelines  

Transfer Policies

The UNO Admissions Office determines the acceptance of transfer credits from other institutions of higher education. Application of such credits toward a degree program is the responsibility of the College of Education. Official college transcripts from the Registrar's Office of each previous college or university attended (whether credit was earned or not) must be sent to the UNO Office of Admissions. Hand-carried or student-submitted transcripts are not acceptable.

Students may transfer into the College from other institutions by completing the application deadlines and meeting the minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50.

Acceptance of credits by the College of Education does not ensure their application to a particular program or endorsement. Determination of applicability is the responsibility of the specific department/school. Specifically, only credits earned at accredited institutions will be accepted by the College of Education. Course work from "C" accredited institutions will be accepted after 30 credit hours are completed satisfactorily at UNOa.

Professional education courses will be accepted only from institutions which are accredited for teacher education by the state and/or regional accrediting agency. Education courses will not be accepted from community colleges or other two-year institutions unless an articulation agreement is in place.

Individuals (with degrees in education) transferring to the College of Education for certification only must successfully complete all program requirements prior to student teaching. (The program course work for any endorsement must total a minimum of 12 hours, six of which are in the major area.)

Initial evaluation of transfer credits is completed by the College of Education Advising Office. Final responsibility for approval of transfer credits toward a degree program lies with the specific department.

Although the University does not transfer grade point averages from institutions outside the University of Nebraska system, the College of Education, in an attempt to assure consistency in the determination of eligibility for courses in the professional education component, does require that the computation of the grade point average be based on all course work attempted. (UNO plus transfer hours.)

Correspondence Credit/Credit by Exam

An individual may count toward graduation no more than 15 hours of credit taken by correspondence, television, and/or extension. The College of Education will accept toward a degree program those courses for which credit by examination is given (up to 30 hours) and recommended by the respective departments within the colleges of the University. Up to eight credit hours of elective credit may be allowed for military service.

Professional Dispositions Statement

Teaching is a profession that requires its potential candidates to be individuals of integrity.  Prospective teachers must be able to demonstrate that they are individuals of strong moral character who can make mature decisions for themselves and for the students whom they will teach.  Teachers are responsible for the education, safety, and well-being of anyone in their charge. The College of Education prepares future teachers who show a high degree of moral character and the ability to act responsibly inside and outside the classroom.  These individuals must be able to serve as representatives of the College and the University, and must demonstrate the personal and professional dispositions of the teaching profession.

Inappropriate behaviors on the part of candidates, which in the College’s  reasonable judgment, violate the university’s Student Code of Conduct, establish a lack of integrity or moral/ethical character, or demonstrate conduct and patterns of behavior inconsistent with the personal and professional dispositions expected in the teaching profession, shall be sufficient grounds for 1) denial of admission to or enrollment in and 2) dismissal or removal from programs, courses, observations, field experiences, practica, student teaching, and similar field-based experiences that lead to certification.  Displays or patterns of behaviors may be established by any credible means including, but not limited to, the facts surrounding a record of arrests or convictions.

Candidates who exhibit inappropriate behaviors may be referred for a Conference of Concern. The purpose of this conference is to formally identify the unsuitable behaviors, recommend corrective action(s), and determine the candidate’s suitability for continuing in teacher preparation.

NOTE:  In accordance with the Nebraska Department of Education, Rule 20, the following information must be provided to all persons who apply for admission to programs leading to teacher certification:  Persons who have felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect or sexual misconduct are automatically rejected by the Nebraska Department of Education for certification.

Furthermore, Rule 21 of the Nebraska Department of Education requires that teacher education students provide evidence of emotional or mental capacity.  The student is required to submit a signed affirmation, that he or she does not have an order or determination currently in effect by a court or any other governmental body which finds the student to be any of the following: a mentally ill and dangerous person, mentally incompetent to stand trial, acquitted of criminal charges because of insanity, an incapacitated person in need of a guardian, or unable to manage his/her property due to mental illness, mental deficiency, chronic use of drugs or chronic intoxication, or is currently an inpatient or resident in a mental facility due to a determination by a qualified mental health professional.

Grade Point Average

The minimum cumulate grade point average for the College of Education is 2.50. In an attempt to assure consistency in the determination of eligibility for professional education courses, the College of Education requires the computation of grade point average be based on all course work attempted (UNO and transfer hours).

Each individual for the Bachelor of Science in Education degree or certification must attain a minimum grade of "C-" or better, in each professional education course. In addition, individuals who expect to graduate must present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 (UNO and transfer hours) for all courses required for graduation. All grades are included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. Individuals with more than 12 credit hours of credit whose cumulative grade point average falls below 2.5 for two consecutive semesters will be disenrolled from the College of Education.

Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.50 for two consecutive semesters will be disenrolled from the College of Education. If a student's GPA falls below 2.50, he/she will be given one semester of probation to raise his/her grade point average. Disenrollment will occur at the end of any probational semester during which the minimum GPA requirement is not attained. Students may not take any professional education courses during the period of disenrollment. Courses in the College of Education which are taken during this period will not be counted toward graduation or certification.

Repeat Courses

A College of Education student who receives a grade below “C-”, an “I” (Incomplete), or a “W” (Withdraw) in any undergraduate course with a department prefix of EDUC, HPER, PE, RLS, SPED, or TED may re-enroll in that course for one additional time for a total of two attempts.

Special Note: A candidate who is removed from or withdraws from any field, clinical, practicum, or student teaching experience, regardless of reason for the removal/withdrawal, must appeal to be allowed to repeat the experience. If the appeal is granted, the candidate must reapply for a placement. A candidate may repeat such experiences only once.

Basic Skills Testing (PPST)

Passing scores for the Pre- Professional Skills Tests are: Reading - 170; Mathematics - 171; Writing - 172. With the exception of EDUC 2020, Foundations of Education and EDUC 2030, Human Relations, and certain HPER courses, no other professional education courses may be taken until a candidate passes all sections of the PPST. A candidate who enrolls in professional education courses who has not passed the PPST will be disenrolled from those courses.

Student Teaching Policies

  • All candidates will be required to complete one semester of full-day student teaching for a total of 12 credit hours. Elementary candidates seeking endorsement in more than one area must student teach in each field of certification.
  • The Level II field experience is done in conjunction with student teaching. This field experience is a noncredit lab consisting of the two weeks preceding student teaching on site at a single school.
  • Application for student teaching must be made during the fall or spring term preceding the semester of student teaching. Admission to student teaching is by application only. Applicants cannot be considered for placement unless all application materials are returned by October 1 for spring student teaching and February 15 for fall student teaching.
  • Candidates must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 in order to be eligible for student teaching.
  • A grade of "C-" or better is required in those courses listed on the candidate's program of study as professional education courses, teaching area courses for secondary candidates, and specialization courses for elementary candidates.
  • Candidates must have passed the Pre-Professional Skills Tests (PPST) prior to admission to teacher preparation.
  • Candidates must have completed all of their course work prior to student teaching.
  • All elementary special education candidates will be required to complete one semester of student teaching at the elementary level before applying for special education student teaching. All secondary education candidates who are earning endorsement in special education will be required to complete one semester of student teaching in their other content area before applying for student teaching in special education.
  • Grades of "D," "F" and "I" must be removed prior to student teaching in all course work listed on the candidate's program of study as professional education, teaching areas for secondary candidates and specialization areas for elementary candidates. Candidates receiving "D's," "F's and "I's" are responsible for contacting the advising office upon receiving said grades if they are planning on student teaching the following semester.
  • Student teaching candidates who are withdrawn from any student teaching placement, or who voluntarily withdraw after being identified as a candidate in jeopardy, must petition the Field Experience Advisory Committee if they wish to continue their professional preparation program.

Academic Amnesty

Individuals who are currently enrolled in the College of Education, and who have successfully completed one full year of course work at UNO, may petition to have all course work taken during all or part of their first two years removed for the purpose of computing grade point average. One full year of successful course work at UNO shall be defined as 24 consecutive hours with a grade point average of at least 2.50.

Deletion of previous course work shall be by entire semester(s)‚ or year(s) as the case may be and the student must be at least four years removed from the semester or year to be deleted. Individuals who apply under this rule may not be considered for degrees with honors at graduation.

The petition for academic amnesty is submitted in accordance with the following guidelines:

  1. After consultation with an adviser, the individual is responsible for initiating the petition.
  2. The petition should be addressed to the dean of the college. It should include the individual's name, identification number, and address, as well as identification of the specific semesters for which removal is being requested.
  3. The petition should be submitted to the adviser who will, in turn, forward it to the dean.
  4. The individual is advised in writing regarding the dean's decision. Copies of the decision are sent to the individual's adviser and the registrar.

Note: Application of the College of Education's amnesty policy for students in other colleges at UNO is possible under the following circumstances:

  1. The individual meets the cumulative hour and GPA requirements of the College of Education's amnesty policy.
  2. The individual must have "assured" admission status. (See general information section of the undergraduate catalog for description of the admission categories.)
  3. The application of the College of Education policy will raise the cumulative GPA to the required 2.5 overall average.

Program Progress

Individuals are expected to progress steadily toward the degree. Majors enrolled in the College of Education will complete work for the degree according to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they entered the College. For interruptions in enrollment of, more than one semester, individuals will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year when they re-enter the College.

UNO Catalog

It is the responsibility of each student admitted to the College of Education to become familiar with the procedures and regulations of the undergraduate catalog. A student enrolled in the College of Education may complete his/her work for the degree according to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which he/she entered the College.

Wait List for Closed Classes

The College of Education, in an effort to better serve students, has developed a wait list policy for closed classes in the College of Education. The wait list system operates entirely on the basis of “need”. Need is defined as: Students who must have the course/courses listed above in order to student teach and/or graduate the following semester. Students believing they have “need” for a particular course should put their name on a wait list in the Student Services Office, Roskens Hall 204. Students’ files are carefully examined to determine if “need” is present. When warranted, students will be given permission to take these courses. It is important to note that “need” will guarantee a student enrollment in courses but not a specific section at a specific time in their class schedule.

Change of Grades

A student may remove a grade of “D” or “F” from his/ her GPA by repeating the course and receiving a grade higher than the grade received on the first attempt. Students must take the responsibility of checking online to verify that the grade point average has been recomputed.

Application For Degree

All students graduating from UNO must file an “Application for Degree” with the Registrar’s Office and pay the required fee at the beginning of the semester in which they will graduate and not later than the date listed in the University Calendar. Failure to file for the degree by this deadline may postpone a student’s graduation date.

Applications are available on-line via E-BRUNO. After applying for the degree, students should visit the UNO Bookstore as soon as possible to order the cap and gown and graduation announcements.

 

Appeal Procedures

In the College of Education, student appeals are heard by the department/school, the Field Experience Advisory Committee and the Student Affairs Commitee as appropriate.

Academic Suspension

According to university policy, academic suspension is based on the number of hours attempted at UNO, the cumulative grade point average for total hours attempted at UNO, and the grade point average for the most recently completed semester.

The online semester grade report notifies students of academic suspension and instructs them to contact the dean's office. A letter will also be sent with instructions to see their advisor immediately.

A student desiring to appeal the suspension and receive an "extension of probation" must:

  1. Visit with his/her advisor to validate the GPA. The registrar will be notified at once of any change in status.
  2. The appeal form is available at fieldappeal.php. The written appeal must include a specific request for extension of probation, a statement indicating reasons for the request, identification of circumstances believed to have affected previous academic performance, and identification of changes in circumstances that will make a difference in future academic performance. Turn in appeal to Roskens Hall 211.
  3. Students may enroll for courses pending the appeal. See an advisor for course selection.

When written appeals are received, the Chair of the Student Affairs Committee will call a meeting of the committee to determine, on an individual basis, whether the suspension will be upheld or an extension of probation will be granted. The student or chair of the committee may request the student to appear in person before the committee.

The Student Affairs committee is an advisory committee to the Dean. As such, the committee makes a recommendation to the Dean. The committee, informs the student of its recommendation. The Dean makes the final decision on whether the suspension is upheld or academic probation is extended. Upon the final decision, the student and advisor are informed of the decision. There is no appeal beyond the Dean. The registrar is advised of the Dean's decision. For the procedures to gain reinstatement following suspension, students should consult with the College of Education's academic advisors.

Students under academic suspension, who are allowed by the dean to register pending their appeal outcome, must pay all required tuition and fees. If the appeal to extend probation is denied, the student will be disenrolled and tuition (but not fees) will be refunded. Academic suspension is for a minimum of one calendar year. For the procedures to gain reinstatement following suspension, students should consult the appropriate University of Nebraska at Omaha catalog.

Grade Appeals

Individuals who believe that their grade in a particular course does not properly reflect their performance or that the instructor acted in an arbitrary or capricious manner in determining the grade should first contact the instructor to determine the rationale for the grade or if there was an error in reporting. Consultation with the instructor should take place before taking any formal action in regard to a grade appeal.

After the instructor has provided the rationale for the grade in question and has indicated that no error in reporting was made, the individual may then wish to petition the department/school for reconsideration. In such instances, the student should contact the department chair/school director to obtain information on the procedures to follow in requesting an appeal at the department/school level.

If an individual believes that the department/school action did not comply with the due process procedures or did not provide legitimate relief, he/she may petition the Student Affairs Committee of the College of Education. The Student Affairs Committee is the appellate body for grade appeals after a student has received a decision at the department/school level. Students wishing to appeal a grade to the Student Affairs Committee should contact the Dean’s Office (Roskens Hall 211) to obtain the procedures to follow in filing an appeal.

Complaints Regarding Classroom Performance of Instructor

A student who has a complaint about the classroom performance of his/her instructor should initiate a conference with the particular instructor to discuss the apparent discrepancy or disagreement. If the conference fails to yield a resolution, the student should arrange a conference with the Chair of the Department* to which the instructor is assigned.

If informal attempts at resolution fail to yield the relief sought, the student may wish to formalize the procedure by submitting a written petition to the Chair of the Department*. Upon receipt of the petition, the Department Chair shall constitute a committee to hear the petition. The written petition should include:

  1. the name, address, and identification number of the petitioner.
  2. the specific nature of the matter for which consideration is requested.
  3. the specific identification of the relief sought.
  4. the basis for requesting that formal action be taken.
  5. the identification and inclusion of supporting data, testimony, etc.

The Chair of the Department should notify the student and course instructor of the date, time, and place of the hearing. The notification should include a description of the procedures to be followed during the hearing. The procedures shall conform to due process requirements.

If the relief sought is not recommended at the department level, the student may appeal to the dean, who will refer the appeal to the appropriate committee.

*Note: References on this page will use the designation of "Chair" to refer to the chief administrator of each academic unit in the college, including the Director of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. By the same token, when the term "department" is used, it will include the School of HPER.

Denial of Continuation in the Professional Education Component

Students may be denied permission to continue in the Professional Education Component of programs on the basis of deficient grade point average, conduct or deportment during laboratory experience which has a negative impact upon the learning of youngsters in the sites used for such experiences, or health problems or safety habits which may negatively affect the health and well-being of youngsters and staff on the sites used for laboratory experiences.

Students who wish to appeal their denial of continuation in the Professional Education component should direct their written petitions to the Field Experience Advisory Committee within 10 days after receiving notification of denial. The petition form is available at fieldappeal.php.

Written notification of the action recommended by the Field Experience Advisory Committee will be forwarded to the student, his/her advisor, and the dean of the College.

Student Teaching/Field Experience Appeal

Students who receive a grade of "D", "F", or "U", who are withdrawn from any laboratory or clinical experience, or who voluntarily withdraw after being identified as a student in jeopardy, must petition the Field Experience Advisory Committee if they wish to continue their program. Student teachers who receive a grade of "U" or "I", who are withdrawn from any student teaching placement, or who voluntarily withdraw after being identified as a student teacher in jeopardy, must petition the Field Experience Advisory Committee if they wish to continue their professional preparation program.

The student must file a written petition to the Chair of the respective Committee. The appeal form is available at fieldappeal.php.

Upon receipt of a student's appeal, the Committee will observe the following procedures:

…The Chair of the respective Committee will request a written summary of the situation from the Coordinator of Student Teaching which identifies the irregularities and the efforts made to correct the situation.
…The Chair will convene a meeting of the respective Committee to consider the student's appeal. The Committee will consider the student's appeal and the report of the Coordinator of Student Teaching.
…Written notification of the final decision of the respective Committee will be forwarded to the student, the Department Chair, and the Office of Student Services.

Denial of Recommendation for Certification at the Department/ College Level

The recommendation for certification must be supported by the Department Chair and the certification officer of the college. If the student is denied the recommendation, he/she may petition the respective department for consideration. If the decision rendered at the department level does not grant the relief sought, the student may petition the Student Affairs Committee for consideration within 10 days after receiving written notification of the denial decision. 

Students may be denied a recommendation for certification at the college level if the requirements for certification are not completed, the proficiency examination requirements are not met, the grade point requirements are not met, sufficient cause can be shown at the department level for not recommending certification, or if the student has been convicted of a felony. (See special note below.)

The Student Affairs Committee will conduct hearings on such petitions when the student submits a written request and is able to provide evidence that the recommendation was denied at the department level. The appeal form is available at fieldappeal.php.

The Chair of the Student Affairs Committee will notify (at least 10 days in advance) the student and the Chair of the respective Department of the date, time and place of the hearing. The notification will include a description of the procedures to be followed during the hearing.

Written notification of the action recommended by the Student Affairs Committee will be forwarded to the student, his/her advisor, and the dean of the College.