A candidate for a B.Ed. degree must demonstrate the following:
1. Cognitive Skills
A teacher candidate must demonstrate the memory necessary to recall, integrate and synthesize information. In addition, the teacher candidate must display both critical and creative thinking skills, with the latter involving fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration in terms of developing and adapting student programs.
2. Communication Skills
A teacher candidate must speak and hear (independently or through successful use of augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) and interact with students in order to effectively and efficiently deliver and assess lessons. In addition, clear oral and written communication skills are required related to family engagement as well as working relationships with colleagues.
3. Emotional and Physical Health
A teacher candidate must successfully navigate through the emotional and physical expectations of a school day related to practica experiences and demonstrate attendance and participation as required and/or negotiated in College and field settings.
4. Language Skills
A teacher candidate must demonstrate proficiency in the language of instruction (oral and written).
5. Research/Information Processing Skills
A teacher candidate must demonstrate the ability to initiate and complete the collection of data related to students and curricula, effectively demonstrating analysis, considering implications, keeping records, and displaying information.
6. Social Skills
A teacher candidate must be able to ethically and sensitively build working relationships with all members of a school team. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, interpersonal skills and internal motivation are all personal qualities that successful teachers demonstrate and are attributes expected of students in the College of Education.