Proficiencies, Ethics, Dispositions, and Professional Practice

In keeping with Teachers College vision and mission, WGU expects teacher candidates and graduates of its licensure programs to have the required proficiencies and to demonstrate the dispositions and professional practice appropriate to the field of teacher education.

 

Proficiencies

Demonstrated proficiencies built into the WGU Teachers College Programs include the following:

 

Initial Licensure Programs

Undergraduate

  • liberal arts and sciences
  • subject matter discipline(s)
  • foundations of teaching
  • effective teaching practices
  • field-based skills (PCE and DT)

Graduate Programs

  • subject matter discipline(s)
  • foundations of teaching
  • effective teaching practices
  • field-based skills (PCE and DT)
  • research knowledge and experience subject matter discipline(s)

Ethics, Dispositions, and Professional Practice

Throughout their careers as professional educators, from enrollment through graduation and beyond, teacher candidates are expected to develop and demonstrate the following ethics, dispositions and professional practice appropriate to the field of teacher education:

 

  • caring and considerate
  • affirming of diversity and cross-culturally competent
  • reflective practitioner
  • equitable and fair
  • committed to the belief that all students can learn
  • collaborative
  • technologically proficient
  • professional leadership

In addition to these eight dispositions, WGU expects teacher candidates at all times to demonstrate professional behavior and communications in all their interactions (written, verbal, and nonverbal) with other WGU students, WGU mentors and staff, as well as with those they encounter in the field.