All credential programs are based on the California Standards for the Teaching Professions (CSTPs). Our expectations are outcome behaviors, knowledge and skills directly related to the effective teaching practices embodied in the standards. The CSTPs are restated here as a major portion of the outcomes of all credential programs.
Standard 1: Engaging and Supporting All Students in Learning
Standard 2: Creating and Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning
Standard 3: Understanding and Organizing Subject Matter for Student Learning
Standard 4: Planning Instruction and Designing Learning Experiences for All Students
Standard 5: Assessing Students for Learning
Standard 6: Developing as a Professional Educator
Individuals demonstrate these outcomes in course settings and in field experiences through measures that are integrated with the curriculum. As our program prepares one to demonstrate successful beginning practice in teaching, individuals satisfy the CSTPs by successfully completing all of the courses listed, and by developing and demonstrating appropriate beginning teacher skills in field placement. As required by the state legislature, individuals will also demonstrate adequate attainment of the CSTPs by completing a Teaching Performance Assessment. CSUMB’s credential programs use the Performance Assessment for California Teachers (PACT) for this purpose.
The Teacher Education Department has adopted a set of professional dispositions that are to be demonstrated by teacher candidates as part of the requirements for program completion. These dispositions include the following.
- Professional educators are committed to ethical conduct: fairness, honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, collaboration and collegiality.
- Professional educators believe all students can and will experience academic success.
- Professional educators believe individual differences in learners are assets to be accommodated in the classroom.
- Professional educators are inclined towards being advocates who identify and strive to eliminate inequities, social injustice and prejudice as stewards of public education for a just society.
- Professional educators reflect on their own practices in a process that leads to continual improvement.
The means for conveying professional dispositions and evaluating teacher candidates achievement include course assignments; instructional plans; applied assessments; field experiences and other practical training; observed teaching practices and other interactions with students in a classroom; reflection assignments and self-evaluation.