Self-Withdrawal: Approved

If you must leave demonstration teaching (DT) for severe personal reasons beyond your control (e.g., background check not cleared, natural disaster, major weather-related event, health issues, or family emergency), you must notify your program mentor, the cohort facilitator, and the Teacher Success team at of the problem prior to withdrawing from DT, or notifying your host teacher, clinical supervisor, and principal.


Follow the protocol below:


  1. Address an email to the aforementioned individuals.
  2. Enter “Appeal for Approved Withdrawal from DT Cohort: <<Your Name>>” in the email subject line.
  3. Enter your name, student ID number, state of residence, program of study, and program mentor name in the first line of the email.
  4. Provide a general explanation of your reason for withdrawal from the DT cohort, along with documentation supporting your explanation. If your appeal for an Approved Self-Withdraw from a DT cohort is related to a disability or medical condition, you will need to submit supporting documentation to WGU’s Student Accessibility Services to maintain confidentiality of your records. Make sure to specify in your email to that the documentation is for withdrawal from a DT cohort. To ensure your confidentiality, the Teacher Success team will not be able to discuss any details regarding a disability or health related issue. See the article in the student handbook titled Policies and Procedures for Students with Disabilities to understand your rights and responsibilities. The Student Accessibility Services office will review the documentation to determine whether the information adequately supports your request for an Approved Self-Withdraw from a DT cohort. Contact Student Accessibility Services for more information regarding your documentation at 877-435-7948, ext. 5922.
  5. Discuss options with the Teacher Success team at that would allow for the problem to be resolved or the placement to be postponed or reassigned.


The Teacher Success team will review your request for an Approved Self-Withdraw from a DT cohort and will inform you in writing of the decision. If the team approves your self-withdrawal and you want to participate in a future cohort, you will need to appeal to be considered for a future DT cohort.