Prologue for EDU Courses
Wayne State College School of Education and Counseling Professional Progress Committee
It is recommended that at the beginning of each semester on the first day of each class that faculty read the following prologue to students to impress upon them that they are embarking upon a professional journey.
Whereas teaching is a profession like the professions of medicine and law, those choosing education as a career must be aware of the following precepts which describe a professional.
The teaching profession requires its members to:
1. complete a formal, higher education;
2. be autonomous, lifelong learners who have access to knowledge;
3. understand that teaching is an intellectual enterprise;
4. develop empathy for the views of others through a pluralistic attitude for teaching;
5. practice and refine the use of critical thinking, problem-finding and problem-solving skills;
6. be reflective practitioners who continuously make reflective judgments on the nature and effectiveness of instructional practices and content;
7. use reflective judgment to improve both instruction and learning;
8. assume the responsibility of stewardship of the profession in schools, communities and with other professionals;
9. understand that each day, in every class, every meeting, every social context, that as a member of a profession I am judged by what others see me do, and hear me say;
10. understand that every day in every interaction I undertake, I am being assessed by peers and professors, and that the outcome of those interactions results in positive or negative personal recommendations.
You demonstrate consistently your commitment to your chosen profession by your attendance, attitude, conduct, oral and written projects, test scores, grade point averages, dress, grooming habits, body language, vocabulary choices, grammar skills, writing skills, speaking skills, listening skills, content competencies, decision-making skills, ability to accept and respond positively to criticism, organizational skills, leadership skills, cooperation skills, flexibility, and your moral and ethical choices. All the above listed dispositions, skills and knowledge contribute to your development as a member of the teaching profession. Not every student who embarks on this journey will complete it. Those who undertake the journey with integrity based on a sense of true purpose, and an adherence to the precepts listed above will be developing the professionalism required of every educator. Those who complete that journey will be welcomed into the teaching profession because they have demonstrated that the other professionals can place their faith and trust in them to uphold the professional ideals of teaching.
The faculty of the School of Education and Counseling (which includes the Secondary Education methods faculty), field and clinical experience supervisors, and the Professional Progress Committee are charged with monitoring the progress of all students in professional education. If a concern arises, the PPC will inform the student of those concerns and may request that the student participate in the Professional Education Student Advisement Process to clarify the concerns, to develop a plan of remediation, and to provide evidence of successful elimination of the concerns.