The University of Arizona
Teacher Preparation Programs Professional Standards
The University of Arizona has a responsibility to the educational community to ensure that individuals, who are recommended to the State of Arizona for teaching certification, are worthy to join the teaching profession. In order to communicate the expectations for students, the faculty has adopted the InTASC Standards, which the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) will be using as professional teaching standards. “The Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) is a consortium of state education agencies and national educational organizations dedicated to the reform of the preparation, licensing, and on-going professional development of teachers. Its work is guided by one basic premise: An effective teacher must be able to integrate content knowledge with the specific strengths and needs of students to assure that all students learn and perform at high levels.” More information on the InTASC Standards can be found at: http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/2011/InTASC_Model_Core_Teaching_Standards.... In addition, the University of Arizona Teacher Preparation Program Professional Standards include the National Educational Technology Standards created by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE NETST). More information can be found at: http://www.iste.org/Libraries/PDFs/NETS-T_Standards.sflb.ashx
Finally, the University of Arizona Teacher Preparation Professional Standards include additional requirements specific to our programs.
Upon admission to a Teacher Preparation Program (TPP), students receive a copy of the TPP Professional Standards and the related referral forms. The TPP Professional Standards are the expectations for University of Arizona students who plan to become teachers. All students in any TPP at The University of Arizona are expected to demonstrate that they are prepared to teach children and youth. This preparation results from the combination of successful completion of coursework and display of important human characteristics which teachers should possess. Because the TPP Professional Standards are used throughout the certification
programs from admission to graduation, some criteria will be more relevant when students are in fieldwork and some when students are completing coursework. The areas that the TPP Professional Standards address are (I) Learner and Learning, (II) Content Knowledge, (III) Instructional Practice, (IV) Professional Responsibility, (V) Educational Technology, and (VI) additional academic and professional requirements specific to the University of Arizona.
UA students, faculty, staff, and supervisors, as well as cooperating teachers involved with teacher preparation programs are provided copies of the TPP Professional Standards. As needed or required by each TPP, both UA and field-based professional educators may initiate the form for “Identification of Students Exhibiting Outstanding Performance” and the form for “Identification of Students with Performance Concerns.” These referral forms allow the programs to identify students who display outstanding knowledge, skills, and dispositions that deserve recognition. The procedure is also used to identify students whose performance is raising concerns about their ability to successfully complete the program. Students with performance concerns may be placed on a Professional Growth Plan, with completion of the program dependent on successful adherence to the plan. Student appeals of this process must follow university policy.
I. The Learner and Learning
- InTASC Standard #1: Learner Development. The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.
- InTASC Standard #2: Learning Differences. The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.
- InTASC Standard #3: Learning Environments. The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.
- InTASC Standard #4: Content Knowledge. The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.
- InTASC Standard #5: Application of Content. The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.
III. Instructional Practice
- InTASC Standard #6: Assessment. The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher’s and learner’s decision making.
- InTASC Standard #7: Planning for Instruction. The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.
- InTASC Standard #8: Instructional Strategies. The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.
IV. Professional Responsibility
- InTASC Standard #9: Professional Learning and Ethical Practice. The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.
- InTASC Standard #10: Leadership and Collaboration. The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.
V. Educational Technology
· NETST #1: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning. Teachers use their knowledge of subject matter, teaching and learning, and technology to facilitate experiences that advance student learning, creativity, and innovation in both face-to-face and virtual environments.
· NETST #2: Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments. Teachers design, develop, and evaluate authentic learning experiences and assessment incorporating contemporary tools and resources to maximize content learning in context and to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes identified in the NETSS.
· NETST #3: Model Digital Age Work and Learning. Teachers exhibit knowledge, skills and work processes representative of an innovative professional in a global and digital society.
· NETST #4: Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility. Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional practices.
· NETST #5: Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership. Teachers continuously improve their professional practice, model lifelong learning, and exhibit leadership in their school and professional community by promoting and demonstrating the effective use of digital tools and resources.
VI. University of Arizona Requirements for Teacher Candidates
In addition to the InTASC and ISTE NETST Standards, teacher candidates at the University of Arizona demonstrate a commitment to their academic program and to education by:
- attending, being on time, and being prepared for scheduled classes and field experiences;
- having a professional appearance;
- communicating professionally and respectfully orally and in writing with peers, colleagues, instructors, K-12 students, teachers, administrators, families, and community members;
- looking beyond self and respecting differences of race, ethnicity, language, social class, national allegiance, cultural heritage, disability or perceived disability, gender, and sexual orientation;
- accepting and acting upon reasonable criticism;
- understanding and respecting others’ perspectives;
- questioning and testing their assumptions about teaching and learning;
- separating personal and professional issues;
- exhibiting their knowledge through inquiry, critical analysis, and synthesis of the subject;
- maintaining or exceeding the minimum grade point average in their respective programs:
- CoE - Elementary Education Teacher Preparation Program
§ 3.0 G.P.A. teaching major, 3.0 G.P.A. in general coursework
- CoE - Severe and Multiple Disabilities Master’s Program
§ 3.0 G.P.A.
- CoE Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher Preparation Program
§ 3.0 G.P.A.
- CoE Cross - Categorical Special Education Master’s Program
§ 3.0 G.P.A.
- CoE Teach Arizona Master’s Program
§ 3.0 G.P.A.
- CoS - Secondary Mathematics Education Program
§ 2.0 G.P.A. in mathematics major, 2.5 G.P.A. in mathematics education
- CoS - Science Teacher Preparation Program
§ 2.5 G.P.A. in science or science education major
- CoA&LS - Agricultural Education Program
§ 2.0 G.P.A.
- CoFA - Music Education Program
§ 3.0 GPA in music major, 3.0 overall GPA, successful performance of “Capstone Senior Recital” on major instrument
- CoFA - Art and Visual Culture Education Program
§ 3.0 GPA in art major, 3.0 overall GPA, successful completion of Portfolio Review
- CoH - M.A. in Classics with Secondary School Latin Teaching Certification
§ 3.0 GPA, successful completion of Action Research project
- CoH - M. A. in German Studies with Secondary School Teaching Certification
§ 3.0 GPA
- UA South - Elementary Education Teacher Preparation Program
§ 2.5 GPA
- UA South – M. Ed. in Secondary Education
§ 3.0 GPA
Persons with disabilities, who, with or without reasonable accommodations, are able to complete the essential requirements of the program, will not be discriminated against on account of their disabilities. Information concerning the accommodation policy can be obtained in the University of Arizona Disability Resources Center.