Teacher candidates at the University of Memphis are expected to demonstrate content
knowledge and teaching skills necessary for all students to learn. However, content
knowledge and teaching skills are not the only requirements of the Teacher Education
Program at the University of Memphis.
As published in both The University of Memphis Under Graduate Bulletin, and Graduate Catalog: In programs where candidates are specializing
in a professional area, awarding a degree or recommending for a professional license
does not merely attest to the accumulation of the specified number of hours in the
classroom or other professional setting but also to the demonstration of professional
knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The faculty has the responsibility to both the
public and the profession to award a degree or license only when the candidate has
demonstrated a satisfactory level of professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions
as judged by the program faculty. Further, candidates must exhibit integrity and character
consistent with the standards of ethical principles set forth by appropriate professional
associations and Tennessee law.
Teacher candidates at the University of Memphis must demonstrate the dispositions
(attitudes, values and professional ethics and behaviors) required of professional
educators.. These positive behaviors support student learning and development. The
College of Education has adopted a series of Key Dispositions, Faculty/Mentor Teacher
Dispositional Referral Processes for In Class Behaviors and Behaviors in Clinical
Settings and a List of Candidate Actions that can result in Disqualification from
the Teacher Preparation Program at the University of Memphis.