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Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy

Once admitted to the School of Education, the applicant is considered a candidate for teacher certification. To remain in good standing and progress through a School of Education program, a candidate admitted to School of Education must maintain throughout the program the same standards as those for admission.

Prior to admission to the School of Education, University probation and dismissal policies apply. Upon admission to the School of Education the following probation policy applies;  candidates will be placed on probation when:

  • The candidate's overall QPA falls below 3.0.
  • The candidate receives a grade below "B" in any education course.

In the first semester that a candidate is placed on academic warning, he or she is required to meet with an adviser to develop an Action Plan to return to good standing. Probationary status may include restrictions on the type or number of courses that the candidate will be allowed to register for, and/or referral to the Center for Academic Excellence, or other support centers, for academic skill development. A candidate may also be required to retake courses. At the end of the academic warning period, the candidate must either achieve the academic requirements or show significant academic improvement in order to continue in the School of Education.

If students at the candidate level fail to achieve the required QPA or grades after the academic warning period, they may not continue in the School of Education. Candidates may appeal their dismissal from the School of Education by sending a written appeal to the Associate Dean of the School of Education no later than two weeks from the receipt of written notification of removal from the School of Education. Students may not continue in the School of Education if they fail to meet the academic requirements for more than two semesters (consecutive or nonconsecutive).


Academic advisement concerning programs of study, courses, and relationship of graduate work to career goals is available to all candidates. Upon admission, all candidates are assigned a faculty advisor. It is strongly recommended that candidates meet with their assigned faculty advisor prior to registration. Candidates who progress through the program without the advice of a faculty advisor run the risk of delaying their program completion.

Career Services

At Pace, your academic learning is integrated with real-world experience through internships and case studies. Pace’s relationships with the schools in the region bring you unparalleled opportunities to work in diverse educational settings.

Pace University’s Office of Career Services offers a comprehensive array of services at no cost to students. Professional career counselors will help you define your goals, plot a career change, or develop job search strategies and interview skills. And these benefits are for life—alumni are always welcome to come back to Pace for personalized career assistance. Services include:

  • Job-search databases and access to online job postings
  • Hundreds of alumni career advisers and an instant network of great contacts
  • Interviewing workshops
  • Credential files
  • Campus recruiting programs and career fairs
  • Job referrals

For further information, and the most up to date academic standards, please visit the School of Education graduate policy webpage.