Standard 5: Faculty Qualifications, Performance, and Development
Faculty are qualified and model best professional practices in scholarship, service, and teaching, including the assessment of their own effectiveness as related to candidate performance; they also collaborate with colleagues in the disciplines and schools. The unit systematically evaluates faculty performance and facilitates professional development.
5a. Qualified Faculty
Professional education faculty at the institution have earned doctorates or exceptional expertise, have contemporary professional experiences in school settings at the levels that they supervise, and are meaningfully engaged in related scholarship. Clinical faculty (higher education and school faculty) are licensed in the fields that they teach or supervise and are master teachers or well recognized for their competence in their field.
5b. Modeling Best Professional Practices in Teaching
All professional education faculty have an in-depth understanding of their fields and are teacher scholars who integrate what is known about their content fields, teaching, and learning in their own instructional practice. They exhibit intellectual vitality in their sensitivity to critical issues. Teaching by the professional education faculty reflects the proficiencies outlined in professional, state, and institutional standards; incorporates appropriate performance assessments; and integrates diversity and technology throughout coursework, field experiences, and clinical practices. Professional education faculty value candidates’ learning and adjust instruction appropriately to enhance candidate learning. They understand assessment technology, use multiple forms of assessments in determining their effectiveness, and use the data to improve their practice. Many of the professional education faculty are recognized as outstanding teachers by candidates and peers across campus and in schools.
5c. Modeling Best Professional Practices in Scholarship
All professional education faculty demonstrate scholarly work related to teaching, learning, and their fields of specialization. Their scholarly work is driven by the missions of their units and institutions. They are actively engaged in inquiry that ranges from knowledge generation to exploration and questioning of the field to evaluating the effectiveness of a teaching approach.
5d. Modeling Best Professional Practices in Service
All professional education faculty are actively engaged in dialogues about the design and delivery of instructional programs in both professional education and P–12 schools. They collaborate regularly and systematically with P–12 practitioners and with faculty in other college or university units. They are actively engaged in a community of learners. They provide leadership in the profession, schools, and professional associations at state, national, and international levels.