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Professional Student Dispositions

Effective Professionals = Content Knowledge + Skills + Dispositions

Dispositions can be defined synonymously with character as “the aggregate of moral qualities by which a person is judged apart from intelligence, competence, or special talents” (Merriam-Webster, n.d.). Professional Dispositions are evaluated on an ongoing basis by faculty, staff, field supervisors, site supervisors, and community partners. A candidate is a representative of the ASU College of Education no matter the setting and is expected to act accordingly.


Career & Self Development

Proactively develop oneself and one’s career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of one’s strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships within and without one’s organization.


Clearly and effectively exchange information, ideas, facts, and perspectives with persons inside and outside of an organization.

Critical Thinking

Identify and respond to needs based upon an understanding of situational context and logical analysis of relevant information.

Cultural Awareness

Demonstrate the awareness, attitude, knowledge and skills required to equitably engage and include people from different local and global cultures. Engage in anti-racist practices that actively challenge the systems, structures and policies of racism.


Recognize and capitalize on personal and team strengths to achieve organizational goals.


Knowing work environments differ greatly, understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and workplace.


Build and maintain collaborative relationships to work effectively toward common goals, while appreciating different viewpoints and shared responsibilities.


Understand and leverage technologies ethically to enhance efficiencies, complete tasks, and accomplish goals.

Dismissal Policy

Angelo State University intends to graduate only candidates who will be
effective professionals in their field. Evidence of potential effectiveness
include academic, dispositional, professional, and personal qualities. Reasons candidates may be dismissed from the program may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Those seeking certification have additional policies regarding removal from the EPP. See Handbook for additional information.

Students are responsible for all information available in the Student Disposition Handbook.

Adapted and added to from the National Association of Colleges and Employers Career Readiness Competencies.