Removal or Withdrawal from a DT Cohort

The demonstration teaching assignment is a contiguous series of observations and evaluations of your performance and professionalism in the classroom that are divided into four assessments and graded sequentially. Though you may receive a passing grade on one or more of the segments, failure to receive a passing grade on all segments will result in a grade of Not Passed for all observation assessments.  You must pass the demonstration teaching experience in its entirety.


You cannot partially pass or partially fail any of the 12 competency units (CUs) of observation and evaluation assessments. Should a single assessment receive a grade of Not Passed, all assessments previously Passed will have the grade(s) converted to Not Passed. If any observation assessments are not in the current term, they will be added to current term registration to receive the grade of Not Pass. If the demonstration teaching assignment is split across two terms and an assessment is not passed after a term has rolled, prior observations that received a pass will be converted to a Not Passed and this may have serious financial aid consequences including the creation of a balance that must be repaid. WGU strongly recommends students align the demonstration teaching experience so they can complete it in its entirety within a single term.


Failure to complete the demonstration teaching assignment successfully, once started, may have serious consequences. Possible consequences include dismissal from a licensure program, dismissal from the Teachers College, and/or dismissal from the University. Removal or withdrawal from a cohort will result in one of the following actions:



Removal or withdrawal from a cohort, for any of these four types of actions, dictates how the WGU Student Records department will process the demonstration teaching observation and evaluation assessments. There are two ways WGU Student Records will process the removal or withdrawal:


  1. If the removal or withdrawal from the cohort is a result of self-withdrawal (other than withdrawal -approved), or removal from a cohort - after intervention, or removal from a cohort - administrative withdrawal due to competency or disposition, a grade of Not Passed will be applied to the four observation and evaluation assessments representing 12 CUs, whether or not they are accepted in the current term.
  2. If the removal or withdrawal from the cohort is a result of withdrawal - approved, due to circumstances beyond the teacher candidate’s control (e.g., background check not cleared, natural disaster, major weather-related event, or emergency health issues or family emergency), a mark of Withdrawn will be applied to all DT assessments in the current term.


If you are in a split placement and you fail the first placement, you will not proceed to your second placement.


If you are removed or withdrawn from a cohort, you will not have the opportunity to engage in the completion of the demonstration teaching assessments. All students (with the exception of students in an MAT program), will need to make the decision within two weeks of receiving the fail/withdrawn notification from Teacher Success to either change to a program that leads to non-licensure (BAES or MAES), or to withdraw for the remainder of the term. Program changes to BAES or MAES may occur during an active term after a student withdraws or fails demonstration teaching.


If you fail or are withdrawn from more than two cohorts after starting DT, you will not have the opportunity to repeat DT a third time. You must transfer to a non-licensure program or withdraw from the University.