Students must secure a positive evaluation regarding the demonstrated behaviors and dispositions in order to receive approval of their field application and begin the practicum. It is important students demonstrate the ability to interact with diverse populations in a professional and respectful manner that is aligned to expectations in the field of education. It is critical for students to understand that their demonstrated actions and behaviors with their mentor (or any other WGU staff member or coursework submissions) could positively or negatively affect the Mentor Evaluation of Professional Behaviors and Dispositions.
WGU Teachers College students are expected to demonstrate professional and ethical values, attitudes and traits (professional behaviors and dispositions) that are associated with effective teaching. These professional behaviors and dispositions foster the positive relationship that effective teachers build with students, parents, professional colleagues, and communities to promote student success. WGU students are expected to demonstrate the following professional dispositions:
In addition to these eight dispositions, students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior in all interactions (written, verbal, and non-verbal) with other WGU students, WGU mentors and staff, as well as those they encounter in the field.
Mentors will evaluate their students on key demonstrated behaviors they have observed over time as aligned to the Teachers College Code of Ethics, Professional Behaviors and Dispositions (opens new window). The Mentor Evaluation of Professional Behaviors and Dispositions is an important Teachers College accreditation requirement. Excessive low marks in an evaluation will prompt the Teacher & Principal Success team to contact the mentor and student to provide an opportunity for remediation and support.
If a mentor is unwilling to provide a positive evaluation of the student's Professional Behaviors and Dispositions, the student will be counseled into an appropriate non-licensure program. If a student wishes to appeal a negative mentor evaluation, they may appeal by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A copy of the survey that mentors complete is shown below.
Instructions to mentors: Please reply to the following statements regarding your student. My student:
Choices: 0= Not observed, 1= Needs Improvement, 2= Meets Standard, 3= Exemplary
Caring and Considerate
Shows interest and enthusiasm during calls and in emails when appropriate
Demonstrates concern, care and compassion for others
Demonstrates tolerance and awareness of others' feelings
Affirming of Diversity and Cross-Culturally Competent
Shows sensitivity to diversity issues in course work and during conversations with WGU staff
Demonstrates an understanding that education crosses all demographics, philosophical ideologies, and religious backgrounds
Demonstrates an understanding and the importance of reflection when faced with task revisions, evaluator and/or mentor feedback
Accepts responsibility for mistakes or actions
Modifies actions after feedback
Makes sound, logical decisions
Equitable and Fair
Does not interrupt or cut off others
Demonstrates respectful verbal and written communications with WGU staff
Exhibits adaptability, flexibility and acceptance in dealing with change
Committed to the Belief That All Students Can Learn
Expresses a positive attitude about others
Expresses a positive attitude about the teaching profession
Expresses a sense of excitement about teaching and interacting with students in the classroom
Faces problems realistically
Works cooperatively with mentors and WGU staff
Accepts guidance and constructive feedback to improve coursework
Demonstrates proficient use of technology with WGU portals, learning resources, and communities
Professional Behavior and Communications
Demonstrates self-control and expresses frustrations constructively
Demonstrates responsibility and dependability by keeping scheduled mentor appointments or rescheduling as needed
Demonstrates professional behavior in all interactions with WGU students and staff
To review the rubric explanation click here: Mentor Evaluation Rubric (opens new window).