College of Education Professional Dispositions

College of Education Professional Dispositions


Professional Dispositions - Professional attitudes, values, and beliefs demonstrated through both verbal and non-verbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues, and communities. These positive behaviors support student learning and development. NCATE expects institutions to assess professional dispositions based on observable behaviors in educational settings. The two professional dispositions that NCATE expects institutions to assess are fairness and the belief that all students can learn. Based on their mission and conceptual framework, professional education units can identify, define, and operationalize additional professional dispositions.

The professional dispositions of the conceptual framework represent the attitudes expected of all educational professionals. The dispositions identified are embedded in program curricula, as well as modeled and encouraged by members of the unit. Candidates will develop and demonstrate professional dispositions based on observable and measurable behaviors at various targeted program points.

Effective educational professionals:

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    Uphold Professional and Ethical Standards

      Candidates consistently honor the law and demonstrate professional integrity through behaviors that reflect national, state, and institutional ethical standards.

    Embrace Diversity

      Candidates demonstrate fairness, empathy, and compassion based on their belief that everyone can learn. Candidates actively seek out multiple perspectives and diverse experiences to address the academic, interpersonal, and emotional needs of ALL learners.

    Engage in Collaborative Endeavors

      Candidates demonstrate professional interpersonal and communication skills. These skills are used to promote positive partnerships (with and between learners: students, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and the global community) to support achievement of learning outcomes.

    Reflect and Problem-Solve

      Candidates demonstrate the ability to make informed decisions through systematic reflection and problem-solving. Critical and creative thinking is used for identifying and implementing strategies for improving academic, interpersonal, and emotional learner outcomes.

    Value Life-long Learning

      Candidates engage in professional growth and encourage curiosity and inquiry as reflective agents of change by sharing knowledge responsibly and participating as a community resource.

The mission of Bloomsburg University’s College of Education is to prepare ethical educational professionals who are empowered to assess the development and facilitate the growth of all learners to succeed and lead in our diverse and technologically complex world; and to serve as a resource to the region.