Removal from a Cohort: Administrative Withdrawal

The principal, district superintendent, clinical supervisor, or WGU, has the right to terminate your placement immediately, without notice, if your actions are considered to be harmful or detrimental to the welfare or educational experiences of students and/or school personnel. Grounds for this type of immediate termination include unprofessional behavior, continuous ineffective teaching, violation of school policy, or unethical conduct. In these instances, the teacher candidate may not have an opportunity to attempt improvement.  If the principal, district superintendent, or WGU determines to proceed with an administrative withdrawal, your placement will end immediately.


After such administrative action, a teacher success coordinator will contact you, the principal, and other involved parties to conduct an investigation. The teacher success coordinator will explain to you by phone and email the reasons for your administrative withdrawal and you will have an opportunity to respond to WGU. After the investigation, if the teacher success coordinator determines the administrative withdrawal was valid with documented evidence, you will fail demonstration teaching and may not be eligible for a future cohort.  You may also be recommended for removal from the licensure program, the Teachers College, or the University via a Level 3 Warning as described in the Code (opens new window).  If it is determined the administrative withdrawal was not valid or not supported with documented evidence, the teacher success coordinator will work with you to potentially find another placement in the current cohort or repeat demonstration in a future cohort.