Policies and Procedures

You will find on the pages of this section detailed information about policies and procedures for School of Education candidates at all levels - undergraduate, graduate and transfer students. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with these policies.

In addition, we expect all School of Education candidates to hold themselves up to the professional standards delineated below. Holding yourself accountable to these standards will help you develop the professionalism and maturity required to be a successful, professional educator, and will increase trust and confidence in your abilities by the school administrators, professional teachers and education paraprofessionals you will work with throughout your course of study, from observations through student teaching.

Professional Standards: Behaviors and Dispositions

As a school preparing future educators, we have specific expectations for the professional dispositions and behaviors exhibited by our teaching candidates both in and out of the classroom. In addition to consistently meeting our academic standards, we require all of our teaching candidates to meet the professional standards outlined below in order to be admitted to the School of Education and to remain in good standing. We believe that these standards are essential to good teaching, and work to promote them in ourselves as well as our students.

The professional standards are as follows:

  • Teacher candidates must exhibit a respect for the opinions and feelings of others, and value diversity of thoughts and ideas.
  • Teacher candidates must take responsibility for their own actions, and recognize the value of intrinsic motivation for themselves and others.
  • Teacher candidates must commit to the creation of a positive learning environment for themselves and those around them.
  • Teacher candidates must be thoughtful and responsive communicators, both in speaking and listening roles.
  • Teacher candidates must exhibit promptness, consistent attendance and follow-through in relation to School of Education and field-work requirements and procedures.
  • Teacher candidates must exhibit an openness and receptivity to constructive criticism and feedback.
  • Teacher candidates must use discretion, and respect the confidentiality of their peers, as well as any children with whom they might be working.
  • Teacher candidates must present themselves in ways that positively reflect Pace University and the School of Education, and that are consistent with the School’s commitment to Social Justice and Caring Classrooms.

Due to the awesome responsibility with which teachers are entrusted, we strongly believe in the absolute necessity that our students meet high academic as well as dispositional standards. Failure to meet these standards may result in either failure to be admitted to the School or dismissal from the School.