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School of Education

Prospective Applicants

Introduction to the Core Beliefs Statement

Core Beliefs Statement

Detailed Description of Specific Core Beliefs

The University of Rhode Island's Teacher Education Program is organized around well-defined core beliefs about the profession of teaching.  Our Core Beliefs Statement expresses our view on valuable characteristics for prospective teachers.  It also states what teachers should know and be able to do.  Held in common faculty and students alike, the statement serves as a guide to the career-long process of becoming master teachers.  We aim to develop individuals who possess the following qualities:

  • Intellectual competence
  • Interest in life-long learning
  • Respect for diversity
  • Ability to be a reflective decision-maker
  • Collaborative and leadership skills
  • Pedagogical skills
  • Understanding of learners
  • Comprehension of democratic principles and philosophies
  • Commitment to professional activities.

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