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Northwest Missouri State University

Petition Forms

All Petitions to Enroll in a Blocked Class and/or Alternative Admission Applications are reviewed by the Teacher Education Admissions Committee (TEAC).  The TEAC ensures that the admissions process to the Professional Education Program is managed carefully and fairly and that students entering Northwest as teacher education majors have early feedback on admittance expectations and potential deficiencies and that the Assessment System empowers teacher candidates to utilize multiple measures to demonstrate their capability to be a teacher. The primary focus of this team is to assure talented students have the support necessary to qualify for entry into the Professional Education Program and to hear cases of students who have not yet met these expectations.

All petitions must be completed in their entirety and the required supporting documentation should be attached.  Signatures are required from the student and his/her advisor on both the petition form and the student plan accompanying both petitions.  Petitions that are incomplete or are missing a signature will not be reviewed.  All petitions MUST be submitted to the Teacher Education Student Services (TESS) Office by 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the scheduled TEAC meeting. Please find a list of the TEAC meetings below.

Spring 2015 TEAC Meetings

Meeting Date Time
January 13, 2015 3:30 p.m.
January 27, 2015 3:30 p.m.
February 10, 2015 3:30 p.m.
February 24, 2015 3:30 p.m.
March 10, 2015 3:30 p.m.
March 17, 2015 3:30 p.m.
April 7, 2015 3:30 p.m.
April 21, 2015 3:30 p.m.
*Meeting Dates are subject to change

Petition to Enroll in a Blocked Class(es)

The Petition to Enroll in a Blocked Class(es) (PDF) form is for Teacher Education Students who have not met one or more of the requirements for admission to the Professional Education Program and want to enroll in courses that require admission to the Professional Education Program as a prerequisite. If approved, students will have to complete a Schedule Change (drop/add) Form to enroll in blocked courses which will need to be signed by the TESS Coordinator, the course instructor and in some cases, the department chair.  Please note that enrollment is not guaranteed without the instructor's approval.  Additionally, if a course is already closed, students may be placed on a course entrance wait list at the discretion of the course instructor.

During pre-registration, students approved to enroll in blocked courses will not be allowed to enroll in the approved courses until students who have completed 60 or more credit hours have pre-registered and the enrollment window has opened for students who have completed 59 or less credit hours.  The TESS Coordinator will not sign any Schedule Change Forms prior to this date.

Application for Alternative Admission to the Professional Education Program

The Application for Alternative Admission to the Professional Education Program (PDF) is for students who have met all requirements for the Professional Education Program except for the GPA requirement (must have a GPA of at least 2.5 in all three areas: cumulative, major, and professional education) or the 7 hours below a C in general education courses requirement.  The TEAC will look for evidence of extraordinary circumstances that are beyond control of the student, i.e. under-represented minority, socioeconomically depressed family background (must be able to document), non-traditional student, or specific data suggesting ability to succeed in teacher education.

In order to apply for alternative admission, students MUST meet all of these requirements:

If a student has not met these requirements, he/she is not eligible to apply for alternative admission.  Approval of the Alternative Admission Application will admit the student to the Professional Education Program once the proper paperwork has been completed and submitted to the TESS Office.