Dispositions for Teaching
According to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), "Dispositions for Teaching" are defined as:
"The values, commitments and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues and communities and affect student learning, motivation and attitudes related to values
such as caring, fairness, honesty, responsibility and social justice."
Dispositions for teaching are assessed at the initial interview for acceptance into the Undergraduate Education Program. Candidates are also assessed periodically during each of the three semesters of the program.
Candidates who evidence a lack of proper dispositions for teaching may be counseled out of the teacher education program and advised to investigate other careers. If necessary, candidates will be required to meet with the Division Dean, Program Director and ultimately with the Dispositions Committee. Candidates may not invite additional persons to this meeting. The decision of the Dispositions Committee is final. Candidates, who consistently demonstrate a lack of dispositions needed for teaching, will be required to withdraw from the teacher education program.
The teaching professionals who complete Molloy's teacher preparation programs are distinguished by their ability to exemplify and promote core values in their own teaching. These values include:
- Belief that all children can learn
- Learner centered and value-centered curriculum and pedagogy
- Ethics and spirituality
- Intellectual curiosity
- Independence and risk-taking, while promoting collective identity and responsibility
- Diversity, multiculturalism and pluralism, including divergent thinking
- Passion for teaching
- Commitment to students and their communities
- Civic responsibility through the promotion of social justice and interdependence
- Commitment to democracy
For the Molloy community, teaching, when performed with integrity and compassion, is both spiritual and transformative.