To be recommended for licensure, candidates at both the initial and advanced levels will be expected to demonstrate professional conduct based on a set of dispositions adopted by the Fort Hays State University teacher education unit. All initial candidates will be assessed in every education course each semester. The Professional Educator takes diversity into consideration in all disposition areas.
Disposition 1: The candidate is highly sensitive to and demonstrates respect for student differences.
Disposition 2: The candidate engages in and reflects on professional learning opportunities.
Disposition 3: The candidate assumes professional education roles in the area of communication.
Disposition 4: The candidate assumes professional education roles in the area of preparation.
Disposition 5: The candidate assumes professional education roles in the area of professionalism.
Disposition 6: The candidate advocates, models, and teaches safe, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technology.
Disposition 7: The candidate exhibits the dispositions toward practice and implementation of education pedagogy.
According to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), dispositions are defined as the "professional attitudes, values, and beliefs demonstrated through both verbal and non-verbal behaviors as educators interact with students, families, colleagues, and communities. These positive behaviors support student learning and development" (NCATE, 2008). Prospective teachers at Fort Hays State University are expected to develop and practice these attitudes, values, and beliefs throughout their preparation and practice as education professionals.
The teacher education faculty has the responsibility for the evaluation of its teacher candidates. Admission and retention decisions are based not only on prior satisfactory academic performance but also on a range of factors that serve to ensure that the candidate can demonstrate the dispositions critical to being a successful teacher. The procedures outlined in this policy are designed to ensure that the Fort Hays State University teacher candidate demonstrates those dispositions.
Procedures for Assessing Dispositions
- Awareness of the Policy: All candidates in FHSU Teacher Education courses are made aware of the Teacher Candidate Disposition Rubric and procedures in each education class. Candidates will also be made aware that violations of the dispositions may be grounds for removal from the program. This information will be published in documents and distributed through all programs.
- Evaluation of Dispositions: FHSU Education faculty will use the Teacher Education Disposition Rubric to assess a candidate's dispositions during classes related to education, during any field experience, while student teaching and/or in other instructional settings associated with teacher preparation.
- Dispositions Observed Outside of a Course: If an advisor or any other faculty member becomes aware of any circumstances and/or any other non-professional behavior/inadequacy in a COE Candidate, that if not changed, would seriously affect the Candidate's ability to satisfactorily perform in the capacity expected for graduates of the Candidate's program, the faculty member should follow the Notification of Unsatisfactory Dispositions procedures below.
Disposition evaluations will be stored in Tk20 at the end of each semester. The evaluation will be analytically scored indicating whether a candidate meets proficient expectations on each of the disposition indicators. Candidates who do not meet the proficient expectation will be subject to remedial action, up to and including possible removal from the education program.
Notification of Unsatisfactory Dispositions
- Initial Notice: If a candidate receives an "Unsatisfactory" on the Teacher Candidate Dispositions Rubric, he/she will receive a letter from the Chair of Teacher Education that states the unsatisfactory disposition.
- Second Notice/Remediation Plan: If a candidate receives an "Unsatisfactory" on the Teacher Candidate Disposition Rubric a second time, he/she will receive a letter from the Chair of Teacher Education that describes the unsatisfactory disposition and a warning that he/she may be removed from the program. He/she will also be asked to meet with the Chair of Teacher Education within two (2) weeks of receiving the letter. (Virtual candidates will be asked to participate in a telephone/Skype conference.) The candidate will have an opportunity to explain his/her position and provide additional relevant information. A plan of remediation will be developed.
- Third Notice: If a candidate receives an "Unsatisfactory" on the Teacher Candidate Disposition Rubric a third time, he/she will receive a letter from the Dean and Chair that describes the unsatisfactory disposition. He/she will also be asked to meet with the Chair of Teacher Education within two (2) weeks of receiving the letter. (Virtual candidates will be asked to participate in a telephone/Skype conference.) The candidate will have an opportunity to explain his/her position and provide additional relevant information. The Candidate may be removed from the program. If removed from the program, the Candidate has the right to appeal the decision and within ten (10) days, must submit the appeal in writing to the Dean of the College of Education. In accordance with the grade appeal process designated by FHSU, the Dean will review the request and all related documents in the Candidate's file, will meet with the candidate, instructor, and department chair as needed to review the appeal. The Dean will render a decision in writing.