Candidate’s Statement of Commitment Regarding Dispositions

It is the responsibility of the College of Education, in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, 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.

Dispositions are defined as the professional attitudes, values beliefs demonstrated through both the verbal and non-verbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues, and the communities (NCATE, 2008). 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 confidentiality as appropriate
  • Is enthusiastic toward teaching and learning
  • Understands and complies with laws and policies at the local, state and national level
  • Exhibits professional standards in appearance
  • Is prepared and punctual
  • Is enthusiastic about instructional content
  • Demonstrates academic honesty

Professional Relationships and Fairness

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

  • Maintains high expectations for self and others
  • Considers diverse opinions and perspectives
  • Exemplifies respect for self and others
  • Recognizes and promotes diversity of individuals and groups
  • Acts compassionately towards others
  • Is patient and flexible
  • Collaborates with peers and supports their development

Critical Thinking and Reflective Practice

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

  • Is able to think critically and effectively solve problems
  • Addresses issues and concerns in a professional manner
  • Accepts critical feedback in a professional manner
  • Seeks and accepts help when needed
  • Reflects upon his/her professional practice
  • Sets goals for continuous improvement
  • Evaluates attainment of professional goals