University GPA Requirements
Credential candidates, like all graduate students are held to high standards for professionalism and academic performance. To remain in good academic standing, graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on program coursework. Students falling below this level will be placed on academic probation by the Office of Graduate Studies for one semester. Two consecutive semesters of academic probation will result in academic disqualification from the university. Please be vigilant about your grades, and never hesitate to speak to your professors and your adviser about your performance in your coursework. Please consult the university's policy on academic standing for more information.
Program Grade Requirements
In addition to maintaining a 3.0 GPA, students must earn a minimum of a "C" grade in foundations courses, a minimum of a "B" grade in the Subject Specific Methods course and "Credit" in the fieldwork courses in order to have that course counted towards completing the requirements for a preliminary credential. Students are allowed to take any class a maximum of two times. Failure to meet minimum grade requirements when retaking a course will result in academic disqualification from the program.
For a complete list of university-wide policies please follow this link to the university Senate page on Grades, Drop Policies, Registration, Fees and Schedule.
University Policy on Incompletes
An incomplete grade ("I") can be assigned at the discretion of the instructor when
a student has completed the majority of the requirements (generally 70-80%) in a course
and can provide justification for an extension of requirements.
An incomplete must be made up within one calendar year immediately following the end of the term in which it was assigned. This limitation prevails whether or not the student maintains continuous enrollment. Failure to complete the assigned work will result in an incomplete "I" being converted to an "IC" (or an "NC" for non-traditionally graded courses) which will affect the grade point average. Please consult the University Catalog for complete information on Incomplete grades.
Students who drop from matriculation without prior approval from the university and department must reapply for admission. Students who have left the program in good standing are invited to set an appointment with an advisor to review application requirements for readmission. A student's prior performance in the program, including GPA, credit in Phase I or II student teaching and PACT scores, will be considered in the review of his/her application. Poor performance on any of these key measures may lead to administrative disqualification from the program and denial of admission.
Academic Integrity Policy
The University emphasizes responsible citizenship and an awareness of ethical choices inherent in human development. Academic honesty and fairness foster ethical standards for all those who depend upon the integrity of the university, its courses, and its degrees. University degrees are compromised and the public is defrauded if faculty members or students knowingly or unwittingly allow dishonest acts to be rewarded academically. This policy sets the standards for such integrity and shall be used to inform students, faculty and staff of the university's Academic Integrity Policy.
At SJSU plagiarism is the act of representing the work of another as one's own without
giving appropriate credit, regardless of how that work was obtained, and/or submitting
it to fulfill academic requirements. Plagiarism at SJSU includes but is not limited
1. The act of incorporating the ideas, words, sentences, paragraphs, or parts of, and/or the specific substance of another's work, without giving appropriate credit, and/or representing the product as one's own work;
2. Representing another's artistic/scholarly works such as musical compositions, computer programs, photographs, paintings, drawing, sculptures, or similar works as one's own.
University faculty may subscribe to or use plagiarism detection services as a routine part of their grading practice.
Please consult the University's Policy on Plagiarism for more information.
Sign up for the University's free Plagiarism Tutorial.
Student Ethics and Disposition Review
Teacher credential candidates in the Single Subject Credential Program are expected to abide by the Code of Ethics of the National Education Association and the department of Secondary Education candidate dispositions statement. In cases where there has been breach of ethical conduct by a teacher credential candidate, individuals may request a review of that conduct by a review panel according to the following process:
Student Conduct Review:
Step one: Incident is brought to the attention of the Single Subject Credential Program coordinator who reviews the case, confers with all parties involved (including school site personnel, faculty, the student teacher, etc). A report of the incident must be filed with a clear statement of the breach of the code of ethics and dispositions and a detailed listing of evidence.
Step two: If the program coordinator finds evidence of a breach of program standards for student ethics and dispositions, she/he shall convene a student conduct review panel.
Step three: Review panel composed of a committee of five: the program coordinator (or proxy) as a non-voting moderator, the supervisor (in cases of student teaching) or faculty member responsible for submitting the report (when the report is submitted by a faculty member) as a non-voting member, and three voting faculty members, one of the student’s choosing, if the student elects to make a choice. The panel shall review the report and evidence, as well as a written response made by the student under review.
Step four: The review panel votes and recommends a course of action to the program coordinator.
Step five: Program coordinator, in consultation with the College of Education Dean's office and the office of the university ombudsperson, makes a final decision regarding a course of action and communicates the decision to the student under review.
The Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) Teaching Event is a teacher performance assessment built around a careful analysis of 3-5 days of your student teaching completed during your final semester in the program. It is the capstone assignment for the program and is required by the state for a credential. Candidates must submit a passing score on the PACT Teaching Event to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) in order to apply for a preliminary credential. Candidates cannot apply for a credential without a passing score on the PACT Teaching Event.
Students must submit the PACT Teaching Event to the PACT office (located in Sweeney Hall 108) by the posted submission deadline during their final semester of student teaching. Requests for extensions must be filed formally with the PACT Office by the extension deadline (generally two weeks before the submission deadline). Extension requests will be reviewed and granted at the discretion of the PACT coordinator. Failure to meet the deadline for submitting or remediating the PACT Teaching Event will result in administrative academic disqualification.
PACT Teaching Events are evaluated by trained scorers using the scoring rubrics available on the PACT website. There are a total of twelve rubrics used by scorers to define the depth and complexity of a candidate's instruction and commentary. Each rubric defines four performance levels describing practice that requires improvement (1), adequate beginning teacher practice (2), strong beginning teacher practice (3) and exemplary teaching practice (4). Candidates then receive a holistic score (based upon their performance across the tasks) which determines whether or not the candidate has passed the performance assessment. A score of 2 or higher is required to pass each task. A candidate will NOT PASS the teaching event if they have three or more "1's" throughout the teaching event.
All non-passing Teaching Events are scored a second time. If the two scorers agree that the Teaching Event (TE) does not meet standards for passing, a plan will be developed for remediation. If the two scorers disagree either a third scorer scores the entire TE or just the non-passing task(s) depending on the degree of agreement and the number of non-passing tasks as determined by the PACT Coordinator.
For all non-passing TE's, the PACT Coordinator will consult with a department representative (the Program Coordinator, Department Chair or an Assessment Committee member), and/or a field representative (the cooperating teacher, assigned university supervisor, or an alternate supervisor) before meeting with the candidate to see if there are any extenuating circumstances. A remediation plan will be developed based on the PACT remediation policy guidelines. This meeting with the candidate will be planned within 7 calendar days of the second scoring of a "failed" Teaching Event. The meeting will be canceled if the double/triple scoring results in a pass.
The PACT Coordinator will attempt to assign a pro-bono adviser to each candidate. If no adviser is available, then the PACT Coordinator will serve in that role. The adviser meets with the candidate, discusses the work and feedback, and explains the remediation plan including deadlines for resubmitting.
Upon completion, resubmitted sections are scored. Candidates will have a maximum of 6 months from the date of their original submission to submit their PACT remediation work for scoring. Any work submitted after that time will be scored at the discretion of the appropriate College of Education department chair. (Note: any extensions must be approved at least two weeks prior to the remediation due date). If the task(s) are again scored as non-passing, they are again double-scored. If the candidate does not pass after submitting the Teaching Event a second time, the candidate does not pass the Teaching Event requirement and will be disqualified from the program under the university's administrative academic disqualification policy.