Application Requirements for DT: Full Acceptance

To gain full acceptance to the cohort and be eligible to participate in demonstration teaching (DT) you must meet all cohort deadlines and requirements. You must also receive a recommendation from your mentor. See Mentor Evaluation of Professional Behaviors and Dispositions. If your mentor does not recommend you, you may not apply and you will be counseled into an appropriate non-licensure program. If you wish to appeal this decision, you may submit a written appeal to


Read the Demonstration Pacing Guides. You are responsible for meeting each deadline and requirement.


To be fully accepted to a cohort you must:

  • Have on file a positive evaluation and recommendation for DT from your mentor.
  • Have on file a current, cleared background check with the WGU Field Placement Department for the state in which you will complete demonstration teaching. If you are licensing via the reciprocity pathway, you must have also ordered a Utah background check.  Submit your background check results to:
  • Upload proof of current professional educator’s liability insurance coverage that is valid through the end of DT to your Field Experience page.
  • Have zero CUs remaining.
  • Complete a DT Final Call with your placement coordinator. 
  • Provide proof that you attempted all of the following categories of exams prior to DT:
    • A. All content exams required by the state in which you will apply for certification;
    • B. All content exams required by WGU’s home-state of Utah if your state requires reciprocity for licensure ; and
    • C. All content exams required by WGU to satisfy the WGU Program Requirement 

Please consult the Licensure Handbook for the content exams you are required to attempt. While you only need to attempt content exams to be eligible for Demonstration Teaching, you must pass all required content exams to be eligible for graduation from your program.

    •  Submit your official score reports whether passed or not passed to
    • The following states have exceptions to the exam attempt policy.  Please see the following licensure articles:

California requires all WGU students enrolled in a CTC-approved initial teacher preparation program to pass the appropriate CSET exams prior to demonstration teaching.

West Virginia requires all students completing demonstration teaching in West Virginia to pass basic skills and content exams before applying for the Clinical Experience Permit. This permit is a prerequisite for demonstration teaching eligibility in West Virginia.


PCE Evaluation required by the PCE Host Teacher:

  • For BAMA12 and MATMES (MATMA12) candidates in program versions 8/1/17 and beyond who receive PCE approval after 1/1/18, a PCE Evaluation is required.
  • For all candidates in all other programs in program versions 9/1/17 and beyond (including BAMA 5-9 and MATMA 5-9 8/1/17) who receive PCE approval after 4/1/18, a PCE Evaluation is required.

Note: You will receive a confirmation email from your placement coordinator containing all your placement details including: school, host teacher, clinical supervisor contact information, and your specific DT start and end dates. You are responsible for adhering to the instructions and information you receive. Make sure you fully read this important email and save it for future reference. You may not change or make adjustments to any of your placement arrangements, including changes to the pre-arranged DT dates or the assigned host teacher or clinical supervisor. Your placement coordinator, the Teacher Success team, and the district/school must approve any changes to your confirmed placement arrangements. 


Adjustments to your placement and host teacher or clinical supervisor assignment, once confirmed, are rarely approved and only for egregious situations. By accepting and starting your DT assignment, you are demonstrating a professional commitment that could potentially affect future employment prospects.


Approximately 2-4 weeks before your DT start date, WGU will send emails containing the link to the online DT Information Folder to you, your host teacher, and principal. 



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