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Professional Educator Dispositions at the University of Memphis

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.

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Last Updated: 6/12/13