Throughout a candidate’s program of study at George Mason University, s/he should demonstrate behaviors that reflect the positive dispositions of a professional educator.
Dispositions are inferred from a person’s observable actions and behaviors. A student can be identified at any point during their academic program for dispositions review.
At the College of Education and Human Development, dispositions may play a part in the discussions and assignments of any/all courses in a candidate’s program. Dispositions are generally evaluated at three points in each candidate’s program; however, based on observable actions and behaviors, additional evaluations may be required and implemented:
- a self-evaluation at the start of their program
- a second self-evaluation in the middle of their program
- a university supervisor’s evaluation during internship
When dispositions are assessed, it is important that for any/all areas where a positive disposition is ‘not proficient,’ the candidate takes steps to grow as an educator. Furthermore, a failure to satisfy the dispositions plan may result in a recommendation for termination from the program.