Throughout a candidate’s program of study at George Mason University, s/he should demonstrate behaviors that reflect the positive dispositions of a professional educator. Dispositions are inferred from a person’s observable actions and behaviors.
At the College of Education and Human Development, dispositions may play a part in the discussions and assignments of any/all courses in a student’s program (and thus, as part or all of the grade for those assignments). However, dispositions are formally and separately evaluated at three points in each student’s program:
- a self-evaluation at the start of their program
- an instructor’s evaluation at some point in the middle of their program (a point selected by the program)
- a university supervisor’s evaluation during internship
When dispositions are assessed, it is important that for any/all areas where a positive disposition is ‘occasionally evident’ or ‘rarely evident’, the student takes steps to grow as an educator.