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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

Teaching Dispositions

The Unit recognizes that while the knowledge, skills, and thinking abilities of its candidates are of great importance, so too are the personal characteristics of the candidate who strives to be an excellent teacher. After much research, discussion, and several revisions, eight dispositions were finally identified at the 2002 spring retreat and then approved for use by TEAC. Forms, including self-assessment forms, reference forms for admission, forms used to report retention issues, and program assessment forms were devised to reflect these teaching dispositions. The eight dispositions identified are listed on the next page:

  1. Motivated/Dedicated: Inclined to act, devoted wholly to some purpose;
  2. Caring/Sensitive: Being concerned, having thought or regard, feeling concerned about/responsive to the feelings of others;
  3. Ethical: In accordance with the rules or standards for right conduct;
  4. Responsible: Accountable, as for something within one's powers; having capacity for moral decisions;
  5. Open-minded: Having or showing a mind receptive to new ideas or argument; unprejudiced, unbigoted, impartial;
  6. Collegial (collaborative/cooperative): Sharing responsibility in a group endeavor;
  7. Resourceful: Able to deal skillfully and promptly with new situations, difficulties, etc.;
  8. Poised: Self-confident, self-assured.


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