The development of professional dispositions in education professional candidates is a key component in Brockport's education professional preparation programs. A successful education professional displays the beliefs, attitudes, and values that reflect the philosophy that all students can learn by demonstrating classroom behaviors that create caring, supportive, and fair learning environments.
The classroom behaviors indicative of this philosophy are demonstrated as professional dispositions. Based upon research in the field, Professional Dispositions is Theme Two of The College at Brockport’s Conceptual Framework. The Conceptual Framework establishes the shared vision for preparing educators to work effectively in P-12 schools. It provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship, service, and unit accountability.
The faculty and administrators of The Professional Education Unit at The College of Brockport identified five key professional dispositions essential to candidate success upon entering the profession. They are dedication, respect, intellectual integrity, positive outlook, and self-awareness and are defined as:
The importance and development of the Professional Dispositions are integrated throughout each certification program’s curriculum and are assessed regularly as candidates’ progress through their programs. Each teacher candidate is required to read and affirm the PEU Policy on the Assessment of Professional Dispositions upon enrollment in their education preparation program. Faculty in key courses and supervisors of clinical experiences rate the candidates on their demonstration of each of the dispositions. Candidates also self-assess with the intention of developing a career-long, professional habit of taking time to reflect on their professional dispositions as educators.
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