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Candidate’s Statement of Commitment Regarding Dispositions

It is the responsibility of the College of Education to successfully prepare candidates to become effective teachers. The initial licensure program requires candidates to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions outlined in the conceptual framework of the College of Education as they align with the expected behaviors of beginning teachers. Each candidate will be evaluated on these dispositions by faculty and school personnel and provided with feedback to assist with their progress.

The following dispositions are expected of Niagara University teacher education candidates in the university classroom and in the schools.

Professional Commitment and Responsibility

The candidate demonstrates a commitment to the profession and adheres to the legal and ethical standards set forth by it. The Candidate:

  • Maintains appropriate confidentiality
  • Demonstrates compliance with laws/regulations/policies/standards
  • Maintains professional appearance
  • Is prepared for class or appointments
  • Is punctual for class or appointments
  • Demonstrates honesty/academic integrity

Professional Relationships

The candidate develops, maintains, and models appropriate relationships within the workplace, community, and larger diverse society. The Candidate:

  • Demonstrates high expectations for others
  • Demonstrates respect for the beliefs of others
  • Demonstrates and/or promotes effective collaboration skills (e.g., with colleagues, instructors, students)
  • Demonstrates respect for cultural differences
  • Demonstrates patience with/and compassion for those experiencing difficulty in the learning process
  • Demonstrates flexibility during the learning process

Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice

The candidate demonstrates a commitment to continuous development within the profession. The Candidate:

  • Demonstrates critical thinking in written or verbal form
  • Addresses issues of concerns professionally (with instructors/colleagues/students)
  • Responds positively to constructive criticism
  • Takes responsibility for his or her learning by actively seeking out new information
  • Demonstrates personal progress through professional development to improve content and pedagogical knowledge
  • Demonstrates reflective practice in written or verbal form