Eligibility for EDUC 495 /EDUC 496 (the student-teaching practicum) requires a CGPA of 3.0, a B- or better in EDUC 230 and EDUC 391 , a GPA of B or above in the subject area major, a fieldwork experience in a setting with diverse learners, passing scores on the reading and writing subtests of the MTEL Communication and Literacy exam, a passing score on the MTEL English exam, and good social standing according to the Dean of Students with no conduct hearings pending. Students must also demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the Wheaton Education Department, promise of fulfilling all Massachusetts Professional Standers for Teachers, including the Professional Culture Standard (which must be demonstrated by behavior such as, but not limited to, appropriate professional communication and appropriate professional conduct with classmates, students, fieldwork supervisors, community members, and faculty).
The secondary education program coordinator may grant waivers authorizing students to take alternative courses. These waivers are granted when students have taken a similar Wheaton course or a similar course at another institution. In extraordinary circumstances, the coordinator may grant waivers based on reading lists or assignments completed in multiple courses. Waivers may be granted for foundation courses or subject-matter courses, but not for EDUC 391 or EDUC 495 /EDUC 496 . Ordinarily, coordinators will grant no more than two waivers per student (exceptions are made for students who take relevant courses abroad).