Professional Dispositions for Teacher Candidates
Professional dispositions are the professional attitudes, values, and beliefs demonstrated through both verbal and non-verbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues, faculty, and communities. The teacher education faculty believe that the following dispositions support student learning and development. Therefore teacher candidates are expected to demonstrate:
- Communication and Collaboration
- Fairness and Equity
- Ethical Behavior
- Professional Responsibility
These dispositions are assessed at least three times in a candidate’s program:
- Education in a Democratic Society course,
- a methods course with a field component, and
- student teaching.
In addition, a disposition assessment may be completed by a faculty member at any time a situation calls for it. A disposition is considered 'acceptable' if a candidate does not have an outstanding Professional Disposition Plan (PDPs) that requires improved performance in specified areas. A candidate may not progress through the teacher education program if they have any PDPs submitted and unresolved at the following three points:
- Applying for advanced study: If a student has an outstanding PDP at the time of application, a student will not be able to apply for advanced study until the PDP is rectified.
- Prior to the student teaching semester: All outstanding PDPs must be completed and cleared prior to the start of student teaching.
- End of student teaching semester: A student with an outstanding PDP during the student teaching semester will not successfully pass student teaching.