Monitoring student progress is taken very seriously by the Wilkes Department of Education. It is a responsibility mandated by the PA Department of Education (PDE). Because students in education are members of the larger Wilkes student body, all rules and regulations apply to Education students, perhaps more so. Time after time, rulings from the PDE and state and federal judicial systems have held teachers to higher standards than other citizens because of the high level of responsibility of the profession.

For these reasons, monitoring student progress is a continuous process in both formal and informal settings on both academic criteria and the criteria set forth in the Code of Professionalism and Academic Honesty and the PA Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators.



As a student at Wilkes University, I understand that the Teacher Education Program is committed to the development of high quality teachers by maintaining high standards for pre-service teachers in their preparation, practice, and certification. Ethical conduct is expected of pre-service teachers throughout their professional training within classes and in all professional and academic endeavors.



  • I understand and agree to uphold this level of commitment by maintaining professionalism and honesty in my conduct and demeanor throughout all facets of the Teacher Education Program.
     
  • I understand that professionalism relates to ethical actions, collegiality, and dedication to the profession, as evidenced by my behaviors in class and in the field. Professionalism encompasses attendance and punctuality in classes, fieldwork, and student teaching, as well as the use and modeling of effective and respectful communication skills.


     
  • I understand that professional conduct also includes the use of sound judgment and intellectual responsibility necessary in preserving academic honesty. The practice of academic honesty includes completing my own work, not duplicating assignments, projects, or presentations across courses, citing all resources used, and refraining from plagiarizing by submitting the work or ideas of others as my own, including Internet sources.
     
  • I understand that the dedication, judgment, and responsibility I demonstrate serve as determining factors in my admittance and continuation within the Teacher Education Program. Ethical actions and professionalism are critical attributes in determining my eligibility for certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Violations of this code will be addressed by the Chair of the Education Department, in consultation with appropriate faculty, and may result in consequences that include possible dismissal from the Teacher Education Program and the subsequent loss of opportunity to become a certified teacher.
     
  • I read and understand my responsibilities in this code, and my signature indicates my agreement to follow the policies, standards, and procedures outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Wilkes University Teacher Education Program.

Please take careful note of the following requirements for students pursuing teacher certification at Wilkes University:

1. A student must have a final course grade of 2.5 in ED 180: Educational Psychology before proceeding to ED 190: Effective Teaching with Field Experience and ED 191: Integrating Technology into the Classroom.

2. A student must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in order to register for ED 190 and ED 191.

3. A student must earn a final course grade of 2.5 in ED 190 and ED 191 and an overall GPA of 2.85 prior to registering for 200 level Education courses.

4. A student must take and pass PAPA—Reading, Writing, and Mathematics and have a 3.0 GPA prior to registering for any 300-level Education course and content methods course.

IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO:
  • Ensure that a PAPA report is on file in the Wilkes Education Department Office (Breiseth Hall 204)
  • Remain informed about his/her own grade point average.

Agreement of Understanding

Please take careful note of the following requirements for students pursuing teacher certification at Wilkes University:

1. A student must have a final course grade of 2.5 in ED 180: Educational Psychology before proceeding to ED 190: Effective Teaching with Field Experience and ED 191:Integrating Technology into the Classroom.

2. A student must have an overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 in order to register for ED 190 and ED 191.

3. A student must earn a final course grade of 2.5 in ED 190 and ED 191 and an overall GPA of 2.85 prior to registering for 200 level Education courses.

4. A student must take and pass a test of basic skills—Reading, Writing, and Mathematics or have the required SAT scores and have a 3.0 GPA prior to registering for any 300-level Education course and content methods course.