Competency 3:

Cultivate a culture of professionalism by demonstrating professional standards, including the Professional Standards for BC Educators

Salish Sea, from Victoria, BC

During your time in your teacher education program, you are required to adhere to the Teacher Education Code of Conduct for Professional Programs, the Professional Standards for BC Educators and the BCTF Code of Ethics.

Code of Conduct for Professional Programs

Students in teacher education programs are expected to adhere to the Faculty of Education’s Code of Conduct for Professional Programs as the basis of their relationship with peers, faculty members, teachers and the students they serve. In a field setting, students are subject to the provisions of the Code of Conduct for Professional Programs.

The Code of Conduct for Professional Programs requires:

  • The exercise of self-discipline, accountability and judgement in academic and professional relationships;
  • Acceptance of personal responsibility for continued academic and professional competency and learning;
  • Acceptance that one’s professional abilities and personal integrity, and the attitudes one demonstrates in relationships with others, are measures of professional conduct;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with members of faculty, peers, practicing professionals, parents and students:
  • Ability to write, speak and present well.


  • How will a consideration of these professional guidelines enable you to offer meaningful learning experiences to your students?
  • How will a consideration of the professional guidelines enable you to develop a growth mindset? To critically examine your worldview?

Reflection – Connecting and Comparing

  • Looking at the Code of Professional Conduct, Professional Standards for BC Educators and BCTF Code of Ethics, what do you notice?  Where are the similarities and differences?
  • What is the difference between being a professional, and demonstrating professionalism?
  • How do the competencies regarding worldview and growth mindset connect with the professionalism competency?
  • What would you argue are “core” to professionalism, based on these documents and your own experience?
  • In the practicum reports, the following attributes are listed as evidence of Professionalism. How are you demonstrating these in your program? What evidence do you have? How will you demonstrate them during practicum?
    • Professional Ethics/Integrity
    • Work Ethic/Initiative
    • Attitude/Commitment
    • Involvement in School Community
    • Communication Skills
    • Interpersonal Skills
    • Professional Learning
    • Reflexivity
    • Incorporating Feedback
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • How can you address each of these competencies in your own practice as a teacher candidate?
  • How will you know if you have been successful?