Core Values and Dispositions
Core values and dispositions are the beliefs, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues, and communities.
- Reflective Teaching Practice – The reiterative cycle of teaching, describing and analyzing classroom experiences builds professional competence.
- Learner-Centered Instruction – The emphasis on the learners involvement in the construction of knowledge and skills in the classroom setting.
- Performance-Based Assessment – The use of real life/authentic tasks or products to measure the learners accomplishment of curriculum goals.
- Commitment to Diversity – The affirmation of cultural and individual diversity based on the belief that all children can learn.
- Professional Responsibility – The use of expert knowledge when confronted with typical and unique situations in classroom practice.
Thinking critically and reflectively while completing the degree program, developing and defending their Graduate Professional Portfolios, candidates should come to embody these School of Education Core Values and Dispositions.