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University of Calgary Calendar 2010-2011 Faculty of Education 3. BEd (Master of Teaching Program) 3.7 General Regulations - BEd (Master of Teaching Program)
3.7 General Regulations - BEd (Master of Teaching Program)
Registration

Students are expected to register on a full-time basis. Only students admitted to the BEd (Master of Teaching Program) or students with special permission from the Associate Dean of the Division of Teacher Preparation will be permitted to register in thematic units. Students who need to repeat a unit must wait until the unit is offered in the subsequent academic year.

All thematic units in the BEd (Master of Teaching Program) have a field experience component. The Dean may prohibit a student from registering or completing a thematic unit if it is believed that there is evidence to suggest that the student's physical and/or psychological health may be detrimental to students in schools and/or community and workplace settings.

Continuity of Program

Students must complete the BEd (Master of Teaching Program) within five years of initial registration. Upon successful completion of Semester 1, and subsequently at the end of Semester 2 and 3, students are allowed to request a leave of absence from the program for a period of one year. Students who wish to take a leave of absence must make a formal request in writing to the Associate Dean. Students who withdraw from the program may reregister within one academic year with the approval of the Associate Dean. Students must notify the Faculty of Education by March 1 of their intention to return for the following Fall Term and by October 1 for the following Winter Term. After one academic year, students will be required to reapply and compete with all other applicants for admission.

Residence

Except for the last thematic unit, Education Teacher Preparation 512, students are required to complete all program requirements at the University of Calgary. Students seeking to take Education Teacher Preparation 512 or an equivalent course off campus must obtain permission from the Associate Dean, Division of Teacher Preparation.

Attendance

Students are advised to read the general University Regulations regarding attendance in the section of this Calendar headed "Academic Regulations." (See E.3)

Students may be required to complete field experiences at sites other than the location in which they reside.

Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance in all components of the thematic units. Participation in all activities related to those units is mandatory.

Failure to fully participate in case tutorials, professional seminars, and field based experiences will be reviewed by the faculty team responsible for the student's campus experiences. Students are advised that evaluations will include their day-to-day performance.

A student who does not meet the objectives for each thematic unit due to absence may apply to the Associate Dean of the Division of Teacher Preparation for a deferral of term work. Students are cautioned that, even under extenuating circumstances, added field or tutorial experience is not always available, and therefore, in such cases, permission to defer term work will be denied.

Professional Conduct

Prior to commencing field experiences, students must purchase the appropriate Handbook for the BEd (Master of Teaching Program) for the year in which they are registered. Students are governed by the Alberta Teachers' Association Code of Professional Conduct and by the University of Calgary Faculty of Education Student Code of Conduct contained in that handbook. Students are held accountable to these standards.

Academic Standing

All grades in the BEd (Master of Teaching Program) are awarded on a Completed Requirements (CR)/Fail basis. Students must successfully complete all units in a term in order to proceed to the next term.

Normally, a student will not be permitted to withdraw from a unit in order to avoid a failing grade in that unit. Due to the nature of BEd (Master of Teaching Program), students must withdraw in person. Students who need to repeat a unit must wait until the unit is offered in the subsequent academic year.

Repeated Units

Students may repeat a thematic unit only once and must receive the approval of the Associate Dean to reregister in a thematic unit.

Students who withdraw from a thematic unit or receive a failing grade in a unit and who receive permission to reregister must wait to reregister until the unit is offered in the subsequent academic year.

Withdrawal Dates

Withdrawal dates for thematic units may differ from those in general University regulations. For the precise dates, students must refer to the Handbook for the BEd (Master of Teaching Program) for their year of program.

Excessive Number of Withdrawals

Students will be required to withdraw from the BEd (Master of Teaching Program) if they have accumulated more than 2.5 full-course equivalent withdrawals while they are students in this program.

Unsatisfactory Academic Standing

Students are referred to section F. Academic Standing in the Academic Regulations section of this Calendar.

Standing in the BEd (Master of Teaching Program) is unsatisfactory when a student has received a failing grade in any thematic unit. Students who have unsatisfactory academic standing will be placed on probation. To reregister the student will be required to sign a performance contract. Information on performance contracts is available in the Handbook for the BEd (Master of Teaching Program).

In addition, students who receive a failing grade in any thematic unit will be required to present evidence of having made an attempt to overcome previous difficulties before they will be permitted a second registration in that unit.

Students who have unsatisfactory academic standing will be reinstated to satisfactory academic standing once they have successfully completed the unit in which they received a failing grade.

Students will be allowed an academic probation status only once while registered in the BEd (Master of Teaching Program). Students who receive a second failing grade will be required to withdraw permanently.

Students on Academic Probation

Students on probation will be required to withdraw permanently if they receive a second failing grade in a thematic unit.

Students placed on probation or who are required to withdraw will be advised in writing.

Students required to withdraw may not apply for readmission in the twelve month period following their withdrawal. Written application must be made to the Dean as part of the admissions process.

Criminal Record Check

All school boards and some community/workplace settings require a criminal record check, and this requirement will be applied to student teachers. Upon admission to the program students will be required to undergo a criminal record check prior to commencement of the field experience.