The Teacher Education Program is dedicated to educating teachers who will become responsible and effective professionals. Our graduates will be distinguished by the knowledge, skills and values expected of educators in the contemporary classroom. Our program values inform the goals of our program.


Program Values

Our Program is informed by these values:

Pedagogical Sensitivity

TEP supports a pupil-centered view of teaching. Educators must develop an understanding of the primacy of the pupil-teacher relationship and its ethical underpinning while honouring and respecting the needs of each pupil. Educators must have the knowledge, skill and confidence to adapt and develop curriculum to meet the specific needs of the pupil.

Reflective Practice

TEP believes that educators must engage in reflective practice, the ability to reflect in a thoughtful way on the significance of different teaching situations and on their role in defining a learning environment. Educators must demonstrate self-knowledge by openly identifying personal biases and projections. Reflective practice, guided by the principles of self-evaluation and self-directed learning, is considered the foundation of continuous professional growth.

Critical Mindedness

TEP believes that educators must understand the complexity, subtlety, and difficulty of contemporary educational questions and issues. In an attempt to solve problems, educators must show a high degree of flexibility in comparing various perspectives and alternative solutions.

Social Justice

TEP believes that educators must be open to and respectful of diversity and difference. Educators require the ability to see beyond their own ways of defining the world and to be advocates of social justice and the inclusive classroom. A high value is placed on the ethical responsibilities of educators.

Integration of Knowledge and Practice

TEP supports the seamless connection between knowledge (academic disciplines), educational theory, and practice (methods for achieving educational ends). Educators must constantly engage in the recursive interplay of knowledge, educational theory and practice throughout their professional lives.


The Teacher Education Program is dedicated to educating teachers who will become responsible and effective professionals. Our graduates will be distinguished by the knowledge, skills, and values expected of educators in the contemporary classroom. The five program values form the basis for the goals of TEP.

 

PROGRAM GOALS

The fourteen goals that follow are competencies to be demonstrated by an effective teacher on completion of TEP. They represent those competencies that we in TEP consider extremely important. Organized into three key areas and sequenced in a developmental progression, the fourteen goals are listed below:

Demonstrating a strong, professional, teacher presence

1. Professional

2. St
rong connection with students

3.
Classroom management

4. Reflective practitioner

5. Working with feedback

6. Clear and observable vision

 

Demonstrating knowledge and skills related to teaching

7. Knowledge of students

8. Knowledge of content

9. Effective communication with students

10. Effective teaching practices

11. Valid and reliable assessment practices

12. Inclusive and individualized teaching

 

Becoming a positive member of the school and the community

13. Working respectfully with parents

14. Contributing to school culture and community




 

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