Teacher Education Appeals


Teacher Education Unit Appeals

When official action to prevent entry or continuation in the Teacher Preparation Program is taken, or when a teacher candidate is removed from a field experience of student teaching experience, the teacher candidate will have the right to file a formal appeal to the Teacher Education Admission/Retention Committee.

Decisions regarding denial of a student to continue with a major by a Department other than Professional Education are not within the scope of the WLU Teacher Education Program.  In those instances, the teacher candidate must seek relief through the appeals process of the Department or College that took the action. Disqualification based on state mandated academic requirements or testing requirements will not be reviewed by the WLU Teacher Education Program/Dean of the College of Education.

The files of all teacher candidates in the Education Program will be routinely reviewed by the Director of Teacher Education.  When teacher candidates may be denied admission to Teacher Education or withdrawn from the Teacher Education Program, the Teacher Education Admission/Retention Committee will review the case with the Director of Teacher Education.  The teacher candidate may be asked to speak with the Teacher Education Admission/Retention Committee, and the Teacher Education Admission/Retention Committee may impose conditions for program admission or continuation.

Appeal Process

  1. Within 5 WLU class days, defined as days that the university is in session and holding classes, of Program notification (of either program admission denial or program discontinuation), the teacher candidate must write a formal letter addressed to the Admission/Retention Committee if the Teacher Education program outlining the points of the appeal.
  2. Within 10 WLU class days of the field appeal, the Coordinator of Admission/Retention Committee will convene a committee of three Teacher Education unit members who are not associated with the content area of the teacher candidate involved in the appeal nor the courses associated with the appeal. The coordinator will chair a meeting of the assembled committee with the Director of Teacher Education and separately with the teacher candidate who is making the appeal for presentation of information and documentation regarding the appeal. The teacher candidate may bring an advocate to the meeting. The advocate must be a WLU student, faculty member, of staff member who may confer with but may not speak for the teacher candidate.
  3. Within 10 WLU class days following the admission retention hearings, the Coordinator of the Admission/Retention Committee will provide the student, Director of Teacher Education, and Dean of the College of Education with an electronic or written copy of the appeal decision of the Admission/Retention Committee.
  4. The teacher candidate may appeal the decision of the committee to the Dean of the College of Education.
  5. Within 5 WLU class days of receipt of the decision of the Admission/Retention Committee, the teacher candidate must write a formal letter addressed to the Dean of the College of Education outlining the points of the appeal.
  6. Within 5 WLU class days of the receipt of the filed appeal, the Dean of the College of Education will meet with the Coordinator of the Admission/Retention Committee and separately with the teacher candidate who is making the appeal for presentation of information and documentation regarding the appeal. The teacher candidate may bring an advocate to the meeting who may confer with but may not speak for the teacher candidate.
  7.  Within 5 WLU class days of the presentations, the Dean of the College of Education will provide an electronic or written copy of the appeal decision to the teacher candidate, the Director of Teacher Education, the Coordinator of the Admission/Retention Committee and the Provost for West Liberty University. This decision will be final.