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Competency and Retention Statement

Competency and Retention Statement

Below is Oakland University's SEHS Professional Education Programs Competency and Retention Statement.

Expected Competencies:

The goal of our professional education programs is to develop capable practitioners who will prepare children and adults for multiple roles in an ever-changing, global environment. By completion of their program study, candidates will demonstrate:

Knowledge Base: An understanding of a common core of the knowledge gained through study in the liberal arts and in selected areas of content specialization and will evidence skill in the use of this knowledge in their teaching.
Performance Excellence: Readiness to assume responsibility for classroom teaching and to use appropriate teaching practices including effective communication and classroom/group management skills.
Diversity and Collaboration: Respect and value for human diversity and the ability to work with others (e.g. parents, colleagues, and community professionals) to meet the needs of diverse populations.
Technology: The ability to use information technology to support student learning and productivity.
Continuous Improvement: The ability to use research, best practices, and assessment to evaluate and improve student learning and personal professional performance.
Conceptual Framework: The ability to articulate a professional conceptual framework or philosophy based on research, best practices, and reflection when speaking to current educational issues.
Leadership and Outreach: A disposition to continue professional growth and to make on-going contributions to their professions.
Ethics and Professional Judgment: Knowledge of and a willingness to comply with the Michigan Code of Ethics for Teachers, including without limitation the ethical obligation of teachers to demonstrate personal and professional integrity, behave in a trustworthy manner, adhere to expected social practices, current state and federal law and state and national student assessment guidelines, and exercise sound professional judgment.

Retention in the SEHS Professional Education Programs:

Retention in the SEHS professional education programs is based on the expectation that students will demonstrate the characteristics of, and conduct themselves as members of, the profession as described in the Expected Competencies. Students may be removed from a program, removed from a field placement or may not be recommended for certification: (i) if they fail to fulfill any such expectations to Oakland University’s satisfaction, including without limitation the expectation that they demonstrate adequate and appropriate communication ability and character and develop, maintain and fulfill their professional relationships, responsibilities and competencies: (ii) academic misconduct; (iii) violations of the Michigan Code of Ethics for Teachers; (iv) failure to fulfill any Oakland University academic or conduct requirements; or (v) violations of any other program or Oakland University’s policies, rules, regulations or ordinances.

Students may also be removed from field placements: (i) upon request of a building administrator; (ii) for a failure to comply with the requirements of this Competency and Retention Statement; (iii) if Oakland University determines that removal is in the best interests of the student, Oakland University, the professional education programs or the schools where the student is placed; (iv) inadequate planning, classroom management, and/or discipline; (v) lack of content knowledge; (vi) deficiency in oral or written communication skills; (vii) inappropriate personal or professional behavior; (viii) ethical impropriety; (ix) violation(s) of community standards or policies; or (x) failure to exercise appropriate, professional judgments.