Late Entry Appeals for DT Cohort Admission After the Application Window Closes

The deadline for regular application to demonstration teaching (DT) cohorts is explained in the Pacing Guides as follows:


Fall: April 1

Spring: September 1


If you meet all Application Requirements for DT Provisional Acceptance after the application window closes, a Late Entry Appeal may be considered and if approved, you must secure your own placement.


Note:  Students in Georgia need to have a pre-service certificate before completing the appeal request form. Students in Hawaii and DoD settings are not eligible for late entry appeal.


The procedure to request Late Entry Approval is as follows:


  1. Submit an appeal according to the instructions in this Student Handbook Article.
  2. Review the DT Placement Guidelines and Restrictionsand Host Teacher Qualifications articles in the Field Experiences Handbook with your program mentor to understand the requirements for an acceptable placement that aligns with your program and state licensure requirements.
  3. If you receive approval for late entry and before you contact a district or school, you must contact Field Placement at to receive further instructions.
    • You will need to go through your field placement coordinator to see if the districts in your area allow you to arrange placement, and if there are any communication protocols required by the district to request placement. If your most preferred school or district is a district that needs to work with WGU to set up placement, your best option is to apply for the next open application window so that we can conduct the formal placement request process for you. You must have an established relationship with school(s) to arrange your own DT placement. You are not permitted to approach schools to request a DT placement when you do not already have an established relationship with that school. Some districts do not allow students to arrange their own placement, regardless of established relationship. Placement is not guaranteed.  
    • Here is a list of districts that may allow students to arrange their own DT directly with the school site. This does not guarantee placement availability. Please contact your Placement Coordinator for more detailed instructions before arranging placement. Please note, this list is subject to change as district placement requirements change.
  4. After you have contacted the Field Placement office and received approval to proceed with your selected districts or schools, your field placement coordinator will send additional instructions for you to finalize your placement.

You are responsible for ensuring you meet all requirements for Final Acceptance by the following deadlines as out lined in the Pacing Guides: Preparing for Demonstration Teaching article.


Late Entry Appeals are not allowed after these Final Acceptance Deadlines:

Fall: July 15

Spring: December 7


For questions, please work with your mentor or contact


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