Professional dispositions are the values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues, and communities and affect student learning, motivation, and development as well as the educator’s own professional growth. Dispositions are guided by beliefs and attitudes related to values such as caring, fairness, honesty, responsibility, and social justice. For example, they might include a belief that all students can learn, a vision of high and challenging standards, or a commitment to a safe and supportive learning environment. Early and Elementary Education candidates complete a self-assessment of their individual dispositions during foundations and in some professional program courses. Candidate dispositions may also be assessed by instructors during course work or by mentor teachers and university supervisors during a school placement. Candidate disposition assessments are governed by Professional Disposition Policy.
Professional responsibilities for Salisbury University teacher education candidates for courses and field experiences (Foundations, Methods or Internship) have been identified as the following: