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Professional Education Unit Competencies

Competency One:  The educational professional demonstrates personal qualities and dispositions that reflect effective development as a professional educator.

Competency Two:  The education professional understands the structure, skills, core concepts, and a method of inquiry of the discipline(s) taught or practiced, is convinced of the worth of the discipline or subject, and creates learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful to students.

Competency Three:  The educational professional understands the latest research on how children learn and develop and how culture influences human development.  The educational professional applies this understanding by providing, supporting, and encouraging learning opportunities that support intellectual, social, and personal development.

Competency Four:  The educational professional understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.

Competency Five:  The educational professional plans, supports, and encourages instruction as well as other educationally-related activities and programs that are based on numerous variables including research-based best practices, knowledge of the subject matter, the nature of the learners, students’ learning strategies, the goals of the curriculum, and the community.

Competency Six:  The educational professional uses an extensive repertoire of instructional strategies, including the utilization of a wide variety of educational technology and media, to develop students’ critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills. 

Competency Seven:  The educational professional uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages personal growth, positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

Competency Eight:  The educational professional uses knowledge of effective verbal, non-verbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom. 

Competency Nine:  The educational professional uses a variety of assessment techniques, both formal and informal, for varying purposes.

Competency Ten:  The educational professional is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of educational choices and actions and uses that understanding to adjust teaching, seek support, develop professionally, and improve educational practice based on such reflection.

Competency Eleven:  The educational professional fosters relationships with colleagues, families, and communities to support students’ learning and well-being. 

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