Attendance

The nature of the Teacher Education Program is highly participatory. Regular attendance in all classes (including lectures, laboratories, tutorials, seminars, practicum, field experiences, etc.) and the timely completion of assignments are essential to success in the Teacher Education Program.

Teacher candidates are expected to follow proper procedure for any absences that occur during the program. This protocol aligns with the responsibilities and expectations of all teaching professionals when reporting absences.

More information on the Attendance & Participation Policy:
BEd Program Policies & Guidelines > Expectations > Attendance & Participation

If you need to be absent from class or practicum,


Absence from Class:

If you must be absent, submit the Absence Report Form. You will receive an email confirmation that your request for absence has been acknowledged. Please forward this confirmation to relevant instructors.

  • If you are ill for two or more consecutive days, please be prepared to provide a doctor’s note.
  • If you are requesting approval for an absence for non-medical reasons, you may be required to provide documentation to support your absence (depending on the type of absence).
  • For unexcused absences, and in some cases excused absences, you may be required to submit a plan, agreed upon by your instructors, which includes make-up assignments for course times missed.

Absence from Practicum

If you must be absent, submit the Absence Report Form. You must notify your school (front office) and faculty advisor without delay. Forward your confirmation email to all of your advisors as you would with missed coursework.

You will also need to provide your school advisor(s) with lesson plans and resources for any lessons you are scheduled to teach.

Absence from Community Field Experience

Passing the CFE course is based upon 100% participation. If you must be absent, submit the Absence Report Form, and notify your community partner and faculty advisor without delay.

Approval will be processed by a program coordinator (Bette Shippam or Dr. Lorrie Miller) in the Teacher Education Office, and copied to the CFE Program Coordinator, Dr. Keith McPherson.

If you are absent because of illness, you will be expected to submit a physician’s medical note to the program coordinator.

As soon as you are able, you are expected to:

  • negotiate with your community partner to make up missed time
  • report how you will be making up your time to your faculty advisor and the CFE coordinator

Those unable to make up this time during the 3 weeks must discuss options with the CFE coordinator.

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If the University is open, classes are in session (unless you hear directly from your instructor).
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