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.