Undergraduate Admission & Policies
Undergraduate Admission Requirements and Policies
Undergrad Admissions Requirements
Upon acceptance to Pace University, students who declare an education major become designated as Pre-teach students. In their first semester, most students take a special section of UNV 101: Introduction to the Pace Community, taught by faculty from the School of Education. In the Pre-teach phase of the program, students take two courses and one required workshop.
To advance to the Teach phase of the program, students must apply and be formally admitted to the School of Education. Once accepted, students become designated as Teaching Candidates.
When to File the Application
Education majors file a formal application to the School of Education in the second semester of their sophomore year, usually during February, upon completion of at least 45 credits, including TCH 201, TCH 301 and TCH 211D. Students who have completed less than 45 credits should contact the Office of Student Support Services (PLV) or (NY) before filing the application.
Transfer students who transfer into the School of Education as juniors must file a formal application for transfer students at the end of their first semester, typically no later than December 1st. Students who transfer into the School of Education as sophomores will file the application during the regularly scheduled application period in the spring semester.
Any student who fails to file a completed application by the stated deadline will not be allowed to continue in the School of Education. It is the student’s responsibility to complete the application by the stated deadline.
What’s Included in the Application
A completed application includes the following items:
- The FORMAL APPLICATION with all indicated areas completed and the application signed;
- A typed, double-spaced 200 word “STATEMENT OF INTENT” that is both spell-checked and edited, explaining why the student wants to become a teacher;
- 2 LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION from Dyson and TCH201 professors will be collected by the student. Transfer students may submit recommendations from their transfer institution;
- PACE TRANSCRIPTS printed from the student’s Pace portal. Students with any number of Transfer credits must include transcripts from all transfer institutions. Student copies are acceptable, Pace Transfer Credit Evaluations (TCE) are not.
Where to Submit the Application
Completed applications may be submitted to the Office of Student Support Services in Buchsbaum House in Pleasantville or 163 William Street in New York anytime during the application period but no later than the posted application deadline. Junior transfer students will submit their completed application at the end of the first semester, on or around December 1st. All supporting documents must be submitted with the application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Any questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Student Support Services at Buchsbaum House on the Pleasantville campus or 163 William Street in New York in advance of the application deadline.
Admissions Criteria Summary
Within two weeks after the close of the application period, candidates will be notified of the following:
- They have been admitted fully and met all of the initial guidelines for admission.
- GPA of 3.0 or greater
- Grades of B or better in TCH 201
- Grades of B- or better in ENG, COM, MAT, and CIS/TS foundational core courses
- Grades of P in TCH 211D
- Positive recommendation from TCH 201 and Dyson professors
- Completed Application
- They have been admitted conditionally* for any of the following reasons:
- Grade of B or better in TCH 201 and completed application and
- GPA of 2.85 to 2.99
- No more than two grades in specific Dyson or CSIS courses are less than a C
- Positive recommendations from TCH 201 and Dyson professors
- Grades of P in TCH 211D
- They have been denied admission for any of the following reasons:
- GPA below 2.85
- Grade less than B in TCH 201
- More than two grades less than C in specific Dyson or CSIS courses
- Negative recommendation from TCH 201 professor
- Incomplete application or application not submitted
Candidates who are found to need remedial work as a result of the application review will be required to meet with their advisor to develop an action plan for remediation.
Candidates who have not been admitted will be advised to meet with an advisor in the Center for Academic Excellence or Dyson advising to plan a new program.
All conditional admissions require that a Competency Contract be filed addressing the competencies upon which the conditional admission is based. The Competency Contract will stipulate the plan of action that the student will take to meet the unmet standards(s) and the timeframe in which the actions will be taken. Conditional admission status is valid for one semester only and contitions must be met within that semester.
Undergrad Academic Policies
Once admitted to the School of Education, the applicant is considered a candidate for teacher certification and is, therefore, subsequently referred to as a candidate. To remain in good standing and progress through a School of Education program, a candidate must maintain a QPA of at least a 3.0, must earn a grade of B or higher in each education course and must meet the disposition and performance expectations of the School.
Summary Of Criteria For Program Continuation, Completion, And Eligibility For Teacher Certification
Becoming a teacher is a complex process. Once admitted, teacher education candidates must continue to demonstrate success in each of the essential aspects of the teacher preparation program:
- Understanding the theories and instructional practices presented in coursework,
- practicing teaching skills during fieldwork in the Centers for Professional Development (CPD),
- demonstrating the knowledge base of the program in course work and examinations,
- and evidencing the dispositions required for teaching.
While successful teachers merge theoretical understandings and skills of practice in their classrooms daily, candidates preparing to be teachers must sometimes demonstrate their knowledge and skills separately. It is possible to be successful in coursework and not in fieldwork, or the reverse, or to be successful in both but not demonstrate the dispositions required to teach. Since teachers must be strong in knowledge, skills and dispositions, candidates who are permitted to continue in the program must demonstrate their abilities in educational theory and practice as well as their content knowledge in the liberal arts and their certification area(s). Prior to student teaching, all candidates must take the Content Specialty Test (CST) in their certificate field(s) and the Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST). In student teaching, the components of content knowledge, educational theory, practice and appropriate dispositions are combined. Successful completion of student teaching and passing scores on the New York State Teacher Certification Examinations (NYSTCE) are required before a candidate is eligible for certification.
Success in coursework is defined as:
- An overall QPA of 3.0
- A grade of B or better in each education course
- A QPA of 3.0 in the academic major/concentration.
Success in fieldwork is defined as:
- A grade of P (passing) from the CPD clinical faculty member. A grade of P in the CPD means that candidates have met all of the applicable CPD performance indicators at a level of competent (2) or exceeds expectations (3) for that semester.
Success in student teaching is defined as:
- Meeting the performance indicators for student teaching throughout the semester as defined on the assessment matrix.
- A grade of P in student teaching.
- A positive recommendation from both the Pace Supervisor and the Mentor Teacher.
- A passing portfolio as defined in the portfolio guidelines
Success with the NYSTCE is definied by the scores established by New York State:
- Academic Literacy Skills Test (ALST)
- Content Specialty Test (CST) in the certificate field(s)
- Educating All Students (EAS)
- Education Teacher Performance Assessment (EdTPA)
- Academic Standards
Candidates are expected to attend every session of every course. Any absences can affect a grade. It is imperative to speak to the instructor if there are any questions about attendance or extenuating circumstances.
Every undergraduate candidate is required to earn a B or better in each education course for which she/he registers, and maintain a cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.00). Candidates who fail to meet this standard will be placed on academic probation. Depending on the degree of the academic deficiency, the candidate may also be required to repeat courses. Candidates who earn an “F” in an Education course will be placed on academic probation with possible dismissal and must meet with an academic advisor. Given the urgency of repeating the course as soon as possible, a plan of studies will be determined.
Academic probation is valid for one semester only; candidates who fail to raise their GPA to a minimum of 3.0 after completing the probation semester will be dismissed from the program. A candidate with a cumulative grade point average below 3.00 is considered academically deficient whether or not they receive written notification of this status.
Academic Review – Department Or School
A candidate who is dismissed for academic reasons may appeal the dismissal within 30 calendar days from the date of the dismissal letter. Candidates may not register for or attend classes while an appeal is pending. The Dean of the School is responsible for deciding the merits of an appeal. The appeal must be in writing and addressed to the Dean. The appeal should indicate in sufficient detail that (1) the candidate’s poor academic performance is due to unusual or non-recurring events, (2) there will be no recurrence of these events, and (3) the candidate has taken or will take appropriate action to ensure that his or her cumulative grade point average will reach the minimum 3.00 in no more than one semester. A candidate may submit additional written evidence or include any other information which may be helpful to the Dean in reaching a determination. The Dean of the School will consider the letter of appeal, any supporting evidence supplied by the candidate, and the candidate’s past academic record in reaching its decision. If the appeal is accepted by the Dean, the candidate will be placed on probation. All decisions made by the Dean are final.
Undergraduate Grading System
A letter grade is awarded as a measure of candidate performance only by the faculty member assigned to a particular course and section. The spectrum of letter grades ranges from A through C and F; in addition, certain plus and minus refinements to the letter grades are available to allow faculty greater flexibility in the measurement of candidate performance. Specific grading policies are established by the instructor in a given course. Each letter grade translates into a numerical equivalent or quality points as cited below:
Suggested Grading Policy
Used at the discretion of the instructor, the grade of Incomplete can be given only in the case of an emergency. “I” becomes a failure and a grade of “F” is assigned to the course unless removed within six weeks after the conclusion of the semester; candidates with an "F" grade will not be allowed to progress further in the program. If, however, in the judgment of the instructor of the course, deficiencies are so extensive that they cannot be made up within the allotted time period of six weeks, a grade of “F” will be assigned immediately at the end of the semester.
Assigned in certain designated courses, candidates receive credits, when applicable, but no quality points are assigned.
Grade Appeal Process
As a general principle, the instructor has sole authority to establish standards of performance and to exercise judgments on the quality of candidate performance, but in a manner that reflects reasonable and generally acceptable academic requirements. Grades assigned in this fashion are final except as the instructor may wish to review them. No faculty member, administrator or other individual may substitute his or her judgment of the candidate’s performance for the reasonable judgment of the instructor. Candidates who believe that a final grade received in a course was not determined in a manner consistent with the principle described above may challenge that grade by first arranging, within a reasonable period of time (approximately 10 school days from the time that the candidate knew or should have known of the final course grade), to meet informally with the instructor to establish a clear understanding of the method by which the grade was determined. Every effort should be made to resolve the matter at the level of the instructor and the candidate. Candidates who have difficulty arranging a meeting with the instructor should consult the department chair. If, after the meeting with the instructor, the candidate wishes to continue the grade challenge, the candidate may appeal in writing (with copies to the instructor) within two weeks to the chair of the department. The statement should clearly state the basis for questioning the grade received in the course. It should be noted that if the chair is the instructor, the appeal is to the dean of the school. The chair’s decision to have a grade reviewed or not is final. If the chair decides that the method by which the candidate’s grade was determined was not proper, the chair will apprise the instructor of the basis for questioning the grade and request that the instructor review the grade. If the instructor, for any reason, does not review the grade, the chair will request that at least one other faculty member qualified to teach the course in question review the grade. In the process of such a review, the faculty member is authorized to assign a grade change and may, if necessary, require additional examination of the candidate’s performance as a basis for the grade change.
Candidates may, at any point in this appeal process, solicit the advice and assistance of an individual faculty or staff member. This individual’s authority in these matters is limited to mediating the relationship between the candidate and the instructor and/or chair. Change of grades or withdrawals are not permitted once a degree has been awarded.
Grades earned in courses that are repeated are averaged in the same manner as that described under the heading “Graduate Grading System” and all grades remain on the transcript. A candidate may request, however, on a one-time basis, that the repeat passing grade for a course in which the grade of F (or I-F) was originally received be the only grade for the course averaged in the calculation of the QPA. However, both grades (the original F and the repeat grade) will be shown on the transcript. Transcripts will be footnoted to indicate that the QPA has been recomputed. Candidates wishing to apply for re-computation of their QPA must file a written request with the Office of Student Assistance. (Specific Departments may not allow repeat grades.)
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 an advisor. It is required that candidates meet with their assigned advisor prior to registration.
All international students studying at Pace University on student visas are required to enroll for and complete a full-time course load each fall and spring semester in order to comply with the regulations of the U.S. Immigration Service.
Candidates must follow the School of Education scope & sequence sheet provided at New Student Orientation or during the first advisement meeting. Candidates progress through their programs as a cohort, and all candidates must enroll in full time study to maintain satisfactory academic progress.
Transfer Credits And Residency
Each candidate must satisfy the residency requirement of Pace University in order to qualify for a degree. The undergraduate degree at Pace requires candidates to successfully complete a minimum of 32 credits in residence at the University. Courses from other institutions taken prior to matriculation may be applied toward the bachelor’s degree, with a maximum of 68 credits earned at a two-year institution and a maximum of 96 credits earned at a four-year institution. The New York State Department of Education requires that Pace University consider grades earned for Study Abroad as if they were grades earned in residence. This pertains only to courses taken at those institutions with which the University has consortia and contractual agreements. Courses related in content and number of hours to those in the candidate’s program of study may be considered for transfer credit if they have been completed with a minimum grade of “C” at another regionally accredited school within the past five years.
Candidates receive no credit for courses they discontinue. All withdrawals are subject to the tuition refund policy cited in the class schedule. Withdrawal after the second week of class in a 14-or 15-week semester or its equivalent will result in a grade of “W” which will not affect the student’s QPA. Withdrawals are permitted prior to the dates indicated below:
- Regular 14/15 Week Semester* - End of eighth week of class
- Two-Track (7 Weeks) - End of second week of class
- Four Week Term - End of second week of class
- Six Week Term - End of second week of class
- Six-Weekend Modules - End of second week of class
- Intensive Weekend - End of first week of class
*A withdrawal during the ninth and tenth weeks of a 14/15-week semester requires the permission of the instructor of the course and the Dean of the School in which the candidate is matriculated. Candidates who do not withdraw via the web (www.pace.edu) or file for withdrawal with the Registrar’s office within these times will continue to be registered for the course(s) and will be assigned an “F” in the course(s) affected if they have not completed the course requirements. Under exceptional circumstances, a candidate may withdraw without academic penalty from a class after the established time limit, but only with permission from the school which administers the candidate’s program in consultation with the school from which the course originates.