Miami Connections

Evaluating Student Fitness and Performance

Teacher candidates in Special Education are monitored throughout their tenure in the program through a system of Benchmarks, which include Key Assessments and successful demonstration of Professional Dispositions (see earlier section). Key assessments are administered in designated classes including EDP 220, EDP 496, EDP 495 and 459, and EDP 471 as well as student teaching. Professional Dispositions describe expected professional behavior for teacher licensure candidates in pre-professional educational settings and are assessed each semester.

Students who experience significant difficulty meeting the benchmarks and/ or professional dispositions will receive faculty advising for improvement. Should a teacher candidate not make progress or develop professional behavior in accordance with dispositions, the program reserves the right to counsel the student out of the program or major.