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APSU College of Education Dispositions Policy

The College of Education endeavors to prepare candidates who have the ability to become highly competent professionals in education. As a nationally accredited program, the teacher preparation program adheres to the standards and guidelines of the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Tennessee State Department of Education (TSDE) program outcomes which are derived from the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC). Within these guidelines, the Teacher Education faculty has the freedom and ultimate responsibility for the selection and evaluation of its candidates; the design, implementation, and evaluations of its curriculum; and the determination of who should be recommended for a degree and teacher licensure. Admission and retention decisions are based not only on prior satisfactory academic performance but also on a range of factors that serve to insure that the candidate can demonstrate the dispositions critical to being a successful teacher.  These dispositions include the belief that all candidates can learn, an appreciation of the uniqueness of each candidate, belief that every candidate deserves a high quality education, and a genuine desire to meet the educational needs of all candidates in a caring, non-discriminatory, and equitable manner.  The procedures outlined in this policy are designed to insure the APSU teacher candidate demonstrates those dispositions

A.        Expectations of Candidate Dispositions

            D-1 Form: Expectations of Dispositions for Initial Licensure Form.  The Office of the Director of the College of Education will provide all Teacher Education candidates, faculty, and clinical supervisors with a copy of the Expectations of Dispositions Form (D-1). This form and the dispositions addressed will be discussed in EDUC 2100 or equivalent course, published in appropriate teacher education documents, and reinforced throughout the program. Candidates will be required to sign the D-1 form after faculty and candidates have discussed its contents. D-1 forms will be placed in each candidate’s record in the Office of Teacher Licensure. A copy of the signed form will be provided to each candidate. Candidates will be made aware that repeated violations of these dispositions will constitute grounds for the filing of negative disposition forms and the resulting consequences.

B.        Reporting of Candidate Dispositions

            D-2A Form: Milestone Disposition Report. Prior to the Milestones 1-3, a Disposition Report will be completed by the instructors of EDUC 2100, EDUC 3070, and EDUC 4080. Any score of 1 or below must be accompanied by documentation of a meeting and discussion with the candidate in an attempt to resolve the issue of concern. A Dispositions Informal Review Form will be completed during the meeting and discussion with the candidate. The faculty member and the candidate will sign the form. A copy will be provided to the candidate and the faculty member will keep the original until the report is filed.

            D-2B.1 Form: Field Experience Dispositions Report. For each course that requires a field experience, excluding clinical teaching, a Field Experience Dispositions Report will be provided to each Cooperating Teacher (CT). These forms will be returned by the Cooperating Teacher to the instructor of each corresponding course. A copy will be provided to the candidate and the original will be placed in the candidate’s record in the Office of Teacher Licensure.

            D-3 Form: Dispositions Incident Report. For specific incidences that occur during the semester and need to be addressed immediately, faculty will obtain and file a Dispositions Incident Report. The report is available at the College of Education Web site.

C.        Evaluation and Remediation of Candidate Dispositions

            No further action will be taken toward a candidate if one negative report is filed throughout the program. When a candidate receives two negative reports, a candidate’s advisor will be notified.  The advisor will schedule a meeting with the candidate to discuss specific concerns that need to be addressed and complete a Course of Action Memo, detailing the unacceptable behavior(s) and a plan for remediation. If notification falls at the end of a term, the advisor will schedule the meeting at the beginning of the next full term in which the candidate is enrolled.

If a candidate receives a third or subsequent negative report, the Director of Teacher Education will schedule a conference with the candidate. If notification falls at the end of a term, the Director will schedule the meeting after the beginning of the next full term in which the candidate is enrolled. The candidate will be asked to present any information in this meeting he/she wishes regarding the three offenses. If the meeting determines that a dispositional issue does exist, a list of actions that the candidate agrees to follow will be prepared in the Course of Action Memo, and both the candidate and Director will sign the agreed course of action to be taken. A copy of the memo and any additional information the candidate provides will be included in the candidate’s record.

If the Director determines that remediation is not appropriate or the candidate has failed to address a remediation plan, then the Director may opt to recommend the candidate’s dismissal from the Teacher Education Program. The candidate may appeal according to the appeals procedure outlined in the Candidate Handbook set forth in the University policy. Dispositional problems are part of the candidate’s record and will be used as evidence in decisions to advance through the program. If an incident of a serious nature occurs and requires immediate attention of the Director of Teacher Education, the Director will be notified immediately and the preceding action will occur regardless of the number of offenses.