Winthrop University: College of Education - Conceptual Frameworks and Dispositions

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College of Education

Unit Standards for Educator Preparation Programs

The unit standards for the Richard W. Riley College of Education educator preparation programs provide the underlying structure of our curriculum and expectations for the students. The teacher education programs at the undergraduate and M.A.T. levels are guided by the Initial Teacher Preparation Unit Standards. The Framework for Advanced Programs, Educator as Leader, provides the standards for the advanced graduate (M.Ed.) programs. They identify the student learning outcomes for our programs in counseling, educational leadership, teaching, and school psychology.


Unit Standards for Initial Preparation Programs

Initial Teacher Preparation Unit Standards Framework (pdf - 948 kb)


Unit Standards for Advanced Preparation Programs

Educator as Leader, A Conceptual Framework for Advanced Programs (pdf - 660 kb)


Professional Dispositions and Skills

Professional dispositions are attitudes, values, and beliefs that are demonstrated through verbal and non-verbal behaviors as professionals interact with students, clients, colleagues, families, and communities. Graduates of the College of Education are expected to uphold the highest standards of the profession as they relate to other professionals and the constituents they serve. 

The College of Education uses a proactive and preventative approach that is designed to assist students in developing more effective skills. The approach involves two tiers. Tier I involves formative feedback and is designed to improve student awareness of professional behaviors. Tier I uses the PDSA (Professional Dispositions Student Assessment). Tier II involves a structured intervention that is designed to improve targeted skills. Tier II involves the Professional Dispositions and Skills Concerns Intervention Form.

Tier I - Formative Feedback

Professional Dispositions Student Assessment (pdf - 34 kb)
PDSA Procedures (pdf - 123 kb)
PDSA Resources

Tier II - Skill Building Intervention

Professional Dispositions and Skills Intervention Procedures (pdf - 86 kb)
Professional Dispositions and Skills Intervention Form (pdf - 20 kb)

COE Dispositions Committee

The COE Dispositions Committee members are available to assist in the process of advising, assessing, and/or providing feedback about students' dispositions. The level of assistance is up to each individual professor. To contact the chair of the Dispositions Committee, please email



Last Updated: 6/23/20