Competencies for Teacher Education

These 12 competencies (proficiencies for life long learning and professional growth) have been developed with instructors, and in collaboration with our field partners. Throughout your Teacher Education Program, seek out opportunities to practice and develop these competencies.

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Personal and Professional Preparation

  1. develop an awareness of your worldview and how this relates to others’ worldviews
  2. develop a growth mindset demonstrated in collaboration with others
  3. cultivate a culture of professionalism by demonstrating professional standards, including the Professional Standards for BC Educators
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the complexity of teaching and learning

Collaboration and Community Engagement

  1. practise effective communication appropriate to the context and audience, enabling responsiveness to diversities of learners
  2. practise respect for all learners from all cultures, including, specifically, Indigenous learners
  3. practise working collaboratively and collegially as well as independently
  4. develop positive and supportive connections with students and colleagues, building professional learning networks

Exploring and Enhancing Pedagogies

  1. demonstrate a deep understanding of overarching disciplinary concepts
  2. engage critically and creatively with ideas to be a change agent in society, especially with regard to equity and justice
  3. implement pedagogically context-appropriate sound practices linking assessment for/as/of learning, planning for learning, instructional strategies and approaches to engage all students in relevant and personalized learning
  4. develop an understanding of how learners learn in order to cultivate effective learning environments