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Dispositions Assessment Information


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.


Dispositions are defined as how values, commitments, and professional ethics manifest themselves in professional practice. Dispositions are guided by beliefs and attitudes related to values such as caring, fairness, honesty, responsibility, and social justice (CAEP, 2013). The following dispositions are expected of 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
  • Demonstrates compliance with policies/standards
  • Maintains professional appearance
  • Is prepared for class or appointments
  • Is punctual for class or appointments
  • Demonstrates 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 effective collaboration skills
  • Demonstrates respect for cultural differences
  • Demonstrates compassion for those experiencing difficulty
  • Demonstrates patience during 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 concern professionally
  • Responds positively to constructive criticism
  • Actively seeks out new information
  • Seeks help when needed
  • Demonstrates personal progress
  • Demonstrates reflective practice in written or verbal form
Author: ISU College of Education Manager
Last modified: 12/11/2017 6:10 PM (EDT)