Professional Behavior Expectations

During preclinical experiences and demonstration teaching you are expected to follow the principles, standards, and rules regarding proficiencies, dispositions, and professional practice described in the Code (opens new window). You should always behave professionally and keep in mind that the school where you complete preclinical experiences may be the same place where you will complete demonstration teaching. It is important that you always make a good impression. Always consult with your school for their specific policies or if you have questions. The following is a list of items you should consider as you enter your assigned school(s).


  • Be completely prepared for your assignment.
  • Get your lesson plans approved well in advance to leave time to make any suggested revisions.
  • Demonstrate attentiveness and an eagerness to learn.
  • Observe the standards of dress appropriate to the teaching profession and required by school and district policy. For example, jeans, t-shirts, and shorts are NOT acceptable classroom attire. Please check with your assigned school, mentor, or clinical supervisor if you have any questions regarding appropriate, professional dress and grooming.
  • Keep your appointments! If an emergency arises and you must adjust your plans, notify the school and teacher at the earliest convenience. Be on time.
  • Check in and out at the office every time you visit the school.
  • Always wear any required school identification in plain sight.
  • Use professional and respectful language in and out of the classroom (no profanity or overly casual language) with everyone - adults and students alike.
  • Have students call you by your last name with the appropriate form of address (Mr. Mrs. Ms. Dr., etc.).
  • Never provide transportation for any student.
  • Never be alone with a student.
  • Ask questions when in doubt (it is better to appear inexperienced than to make incorrect assumptions).
  • Be aware that all school personnel are busy people and do not impose on their time with unnecessary conversation.
  • Spend all your time in school engaged in appropriate professional/educational activities.
  • Turn off your cell phone (or set to vibrate) while school is in session. Do not make or accept personal calls during the school day. Use a wristwatch or classroom clock instead of your phone to check the time.
  • Thank your host teacher and the office personnel each time you visit the school.