Benchmarks and Retention

After your admission into the MCE Program, there remains key checkpoints (called “benchmarks”) that you must satisfy in order to continue progression in the MCE Program. Students can submit a petition for an exception to these requirements if a particular benchmark has not been met. The petition will be evaluated by the academic advisor and the EDT petitions committee. The details of the  MCE benchmarks are outlined below:

Benchmark 1 – Entrance to Program

  1. Complete EDT 190 and EDP 201 with a grade of B or higher in each course
  2. Complete 30 graded credit hours or more
  3. Earn a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  4. Score at or above the 50th* percentile in Reading and Math on the ACT or SAT and successfully complete a required Writing assessment in EDP 201. For 2020-2021 the required ACT/SAT scores are:

ACT

Reading: 21

Math: 21

SAT

Reading: 543

Math: 532

 

*Percentile scores may fluctuate and change each academic year

Benchmark 2 – MCE Methods Block (year 3)

  • 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of 64 total hours or more
  • Successful completion of Early Field Block courses – EDT246M, EDT252M and EDL318M with a grade of C or higher
    • Assessment 2A-Successful completion of Field Experience
    • Assessment 6A-Successful completion of Curriculum Project
  • Dispositions Review
  • Successful completion of 3 content courses in each content area with a 2.5 GPA in each content area

Benchmark 3 – Student Teaching (year 4)

  • 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Completion of 96 total hours or more
  • Successful completion of Content Integration Block courses – EDT441 (Science), EDT436 (Language Arts), EDT439 (Social Studies), EDT429M (Mathematics), EDT346M (Reading), EDT421M (Classroom Management) and EDP301M (Assessment) with a grade of C or higher
    • Assessment 1 – OAE – 2 Content Areas (Qualifying score for all content areas 220)
    • Assessment 2A – Successful completion of Field Experience
    • Assessment 3A – Successful completion of Integrated Unit Plan
    • Assessment 7A – Membership in Professional Organization
  • Completion of the OAE content assessment for each concentration area (passing score is not required, but the content assessments must be completed prior to student teaching)
  • Dispositions Review
  • Successful completion of 20 hours of IPDP

Benchmark 4 – Graduation From Program

  • 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Dispositions Review
  • Successful completion of edTPA
  • Completion of all course requirements (including Miami Plan requirements)

 

Note: All required OAE assessments must be successfully completed prior to licensure, but that is not a graduation requirement.