The School of Education holds students to high professional behavior standards both on campus and in public schools. Candidates are expected to behave professionally and ethically at all times.

Below we provide MAT Candidate as Professional guidelines, which specify which candidates are evaluated during Fall observations and student teaching.


Work Ethic

  • Attends consistently and punctually
  • Completes work promptly
  • Demonstrates flexibility
  • Accepts individual responsibility
  • Displays a positive attitude

Interpersonal Skills

  • Listens to others
  • Actively works to build relationships with peers, students, building personnel, and university communities
  • Considers other points of view
  • Considers the time and needs of others
  • Can recognize capacity as well as need

Problem Solving

  • Considers issues/problems from multiple perspectives
  • Asks appropriate and clarifying questions
  • Responds positively to feedback
  • Anticipates, frames, and solves everyday problems

Initiative in Classrooms

  • Asks appropriate clarifying questions
  • Talks and listens to students
  • Makes informed and thoughtful instructional decisions
  • Identifies tasks to be done without requiring excessive directions from others
  • Interacts positively with building personnel
  • Gives appropriate notification of absences
  • Dresses professionally