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Code of Ethics and Teacher Dispositions

Statement On Ethics And Values

The Board of Trustees of Bethune-Cookman University’s statement on ethics and values is to be followed by all Teacher Candidates and must set an example for all students in the University, in the University community, as well as in the public school while they are Teacher Candidates.


Bethune-Cookman University seeks to develop graduates who are honorable, democratic citizens capable of making worthwhile contributions to society. The University expects its Teacher Candidates to uphold the highest moral and ethical standards by practicing self-discipline. Teacher Candidates are held accountable for their behavior. The University believes that commitment, perseverance, and high regard for the value and quality of work should be demonstrated with pride as tasks are completed with accuracy and timeliness. Bethune-Cookman University further affirms that Teacher Candidates should respect the environment – including the University’s property, grounds, and buildings.


Bethune-Cookman University seeks to develop graduates who demonstrate academic excellence. Graduates are expected to show competence in their academic careers and vocations through mastery of verbal and written communication skills, research, scholarly pursuit of knowledge, and major areas of study. Bethune-Cookman University believes that competent individuals will enter the future with confidence and self-esteem.

Human Worth and Dignity

Based on the premise that all human beings are worthy of respect, honor, and dignity, Bethune-Cookman University promotes the concept of human worth that is embodied in its founding and purpose. In communicating this fundamental belief, the University seeks to define those characteristics that reflect honesty, tolerance and genuine sincerity in all phases of human worth and to show justice, compassion, and fairness toward all.

Spiritual Growth and Development

Bethune-Cookman University, founded in the Christian tradition, strives to instill spiritual growth by nurturing a continuous understanding and appreciation of the universal and traditional heritage of our school. The study and acceptance of other religious cultures is conducted with tolerance, understanding, acceptance, and love toward others. Teacher Candidates will be able to make wholesome decisions for themselves and contribute to their communities.

Student Appeals/Due Process

The Teacher Education Program adheres to the Teacher Candidate Academic Appeal Process as set forth in the Bethune-Cookman University Catalog and Student Handbook. Any Teacher Candidate has the right to appeal a decision regarding academic performance or academic requirements, including senior internship.

Ethical Behavior of Student Teachers

Student Teachers adhere to the code of ethics as set forth in the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida, the Florida State Board of Education rule 6B- 1.001, FAC.

  • The educator values the worth and dignity of every person, the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, acquisition of knowledge, and the nurture of democratic citizenship. Essential to the achievement of these standards is the freedom to learn, to teach, and to guarantee an equal opportunity for all.
  • The educator’s primary professional concern will always be for the student and for the development of the student’s potential. The educator will, therefore, strive for professional growth and will seek to exercise judgment and integrity.
  • Aware of the importance of maintaining the respect and confidence of one’s colleagues, students, parents, and other members of the community, the educator strives to achieve and sustain the highest degree of ethical conduct.
  • Teacher Candidates in the Teacher Education Program become increasingly knowledgeable of the code of ethics and principles as they matriculate through their program.

Teacher Dispositions

Throughout their matriculation, education majors will be observed and assessed on their overall demeanor and behavior to determine if he or she has the disposition and personality needed to be a successful teacher. The traits of a successful teacher consist of the following:

  1. Attendance
  2. Punctuality
  3. Diversity – Demonstrates respect for cultural diversity and individual differences
  4. Reliability, dependability – Completes assignments, tasks, and duties on time
  5. Appearance – Dresses appropriately; presents a professional appearance
  6. Caring interaction with Pre K-12 students – Is comfortable interacting with students; show concern for students
  7. Self-confidence – Demonstrates “with-it-ness”: and professional poise in presentations/teaching
  8. Self-control – Demonstrates a professional countenance even when experiencing personal challenges
  9. Responsive to feedback – Is reflective; responsive to feedback; willing to revise plans and implement suggestions
  10. Commitment to profession – Exhibits an enthusiasm for teaching and a lifelong commitment to learning
  11. Collaborative and cooperative – Willing to collaborate and partner with others; works effectively with peers, supervisors, and other professionals
  12. Attitude toward students (Pre K-12) – Expresses or demonstrates a belief that all students can learn
  13. Motivation for Learning – Demonstrates self-management of personal learner strategies for successful academic performance; models high motivation to “learn how to learn”
  14. Problem-solver – Demonstrates critical and creative thinking for problem-solving; exhibits confidence in seeking solutions
  15. Seeker of knowledge – Demonstrates active inquiry to understand the broad implications of knowledge
  16. Flexible; open-minded – Is able to reflect on and continually evaluate the effects of ideas, choices and actions on others and actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally
  17. Fairness – Is fair in dealing with students
  18. Belief – believes that all students can learn
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