Discontinuation from the Program

The Professional Education Program makes every effort to provide teacher candidates with the opportunity to succeed. However, candidates who consistently perform substantially below the level expected of candidates at a given stage in the program with respect to knowledge, skills or dispositions may be discontinued from the program.

The most important review point will be at the end of the second methods/pedagogy course when candidates apply for student teaching. The individual teacher education programs have their own procedures for determining whether candidates are qualified for student teaching. Admission to student teaching may be denied or made contingent upon the successful completion of specified assignments.

Candidates who do not perform satisfactorily in student teaching may be permitted to repeat student teaching, though this is not automatic and such permission may be made contingent upon the successful completion of specified assignments.

Policy on Academic Integrity

The Professional Education Program is committed to preparing educators who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to effectively integrate content and pedagogy in order to meet the needs of all learners. Central to this concept is Academic Integrity. Stony Brook University has clear guidelines and policies/procedures relating to Academic Honesty.

If a student has been found guilty of academic dishonesty, a subcommittee of PEP will convene and decide whether or not a student will be able to continue in the teacher preparation program.

PEP reserves the right not to recommend a program completer for an initial teacher certificate if PEP has good cause to believe that the certificate applicant has been convicted of a crime or has committed an act which raises a reasonable question as to the individual's moral character.

Candidates who are discontinued in the program for any reason, or who are not recommended for program completion as described above, may appeal this decision to the PEP Professional Review Committee.

PEP Professional Review Committee

The Professional Education Program has instituted a Professional Review Committee with responsibility for resolving assessment issues brought by teacher candidates or faculty. The committee will be responsible for hearing complaints and facilitating resolution of issues involving grading or other assessments of candidate performance, including assessments related to coursework, clinical work, and professional dispositions. The committee will be composed of three PEP faculty members, who will be appointed as needed by the PEP Director. At the beginning of each academic year, the members of the committee will select one member as chair. The responsibilities of the chair include scheduling and moderating hearings and committee meetings, working with the other committee members to prepare written rulings, and communicating as necessary with the PEP Director.

Teacher candidates and faculty may bring assessment issues to the Professional Review Committee for resolution. However, it is strongly advised that candidates and faculty make every effort to resolve issues at the course and program level. If all such efforts fail to resolve an issue, it may then be brought to the Professional Review Committee.

PEP recognizes the difficulties and potential bias inherent in using observed human behavior as an indicator (or as evidence) of underlying dispositions. This is especially the case in situations where an unsatisfactory dispositional assessment may result in the dismissal of a candidate from a program. The PEP Professional Review Committee provides a structure and process that permits teacher candidates to appeal unsatisfactory dispositional assessments, to argue for remediation that might result in subsequent satisfactory dispositional assessments, or to argue for continuation or reinstatement in a program.

The PEP Professional Review Committee will receive reports of unsatisfactory dispositional assessments from faculty. Faculty are required to notify the Professional Review Committee of evidence of unsatisfactory candidate dispositions that they deem serious enough to warrant dismissal from a program. Faculty may also report to the committee less serious unsatisfactory dispositional assessments. The Professional Review Committee will notify the candidate of such reports, and will schedule a hearing with the candidate, the reporting faculty member and the program director.

Every effort will be made to seek an equitable resolution to unsatisfactory dispositional assessments. Candidates will have the opportunity to work with the reporting faculty member to develop a plan for candidate growth and remediation of unsatisfactory dispositions, and may be re-assessed at an agreed-upon time. If the candidate does not agree to a remediation process, or if the Professional Review Committee rules that the unsatisfactory disposition is unlikely to be remediable, the candidate will be dismissed from the program.

Rulings by the Professional Review Committee may be appealed by the candidate to the PEP Director only in cases where the committee has ruled that the unsatisfactory disposition is not remediable and has recommended that the candidate be dismissed from a program.