College of Education
Teaching is a profession…..
are expected to display
Montana Professional Standards
Candidates for all professional roles should develop and
demonstrate dispositions that are expected for educators,
demonstrating ethical behaviors and attitudes of a
professional educator, and communicating with students,
communities, and colleagues effectively.
State of Montana
Candidates preparing to work in schools as teachers or other professional
school personnel know and demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and
professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all
professional, state, and institutional standards.
The values, commitments, and professional ethics that
influence behaviors toward students, families,
colleagues and communities that affect student learning,
motivation, and development as well as the educator’s
own professional growth, guided by beliefs and
attitudes related to global values such as:
Attendance and punctuality
Self-initiative & independence
Reliability and dependability
Desire to improve
Appropriate response to feedback & supervision
Critical thinking skills
Adequate & appropriate oral grammar & speaking skills
Adequate & appropriate written grammar & writing skills
Commitment to the teaching profession.
Professional ethics and demeanor
Developing skills of personal responsibility for…
professional development and learning
“behavior” & attitudes
successes & achievements
failures & mistakes
Developing the professional maturity to
celebrateother’s successes even if you have failed
conduct professional reflection if you have failed,
….and try again!
Arrive on time, stay the full period and/or time commitment.
Pre-arrange any absence from your Field Experience or
notify your Mentor Teacher and University Supervisor
immediately if it is an “emergency” absence.
Always have classroom & materials prepared and organized.
Do not bring your children to your school (unless, of course,
they attend there). Make alternative arrangements for before
and after school care. They should not be in your
Consistently demonstrate professional writing skills.
All writing will be evaluated as if you were a professional educator in
a public or private classroom. Neatness, spelling, grammar,
penmanship, citation and referencing counts!
Home/school written communications
Writing “on the board”
Consistently demonstrate professional oral language
Appropriate language, tone of voice, etc. is expected. Avoid:
cursing/swearing or use of objectionable words
derogatory jokes, remarks, etc.
racist, sexist, demeaning “slurs”, remarks, or jokes
personal remarks about religious or political views to students
personal remarks about students and staff
argumentative or aggressive verbal tones
Incorrect grammar and usage ( a common reason why beginning teachers
don’t get jobs!!!)
Always be respectful of classmates, colleagues, mentors,
supervisors, staff and P-12 students.
Respect staff and administration’s practices, beliefs, classroom
management, instructional styles, etc.
Set aside magazines, materials & “stuff”, laptop games, “chit-chat” ,
etc. during in-services, workshops, meetings, etc.
Consistently demonstrate professional social skills.
CAUTION: the “teacher lounge trap” ~ don’t gossip!
Maintain confidentiality of students and staff.
Avoid using specific names of staff, students, and locations except
with university supervisor, the Director of CAFÉ, and college and/or
school faculty and administrators.
NEVER discuss anything about a student outside of appropriate
There are legal penalties for a
breach of confidentiality.
You will be personally liable
for all legal actions and penalties
and you will fail student teaching if any
allegations are substantiated.
Use extreme caution with ANY personal medication(s).
Inform yourself of the school’s policy.
Smoking, smokeless tobacco, illegal drugs and alcohol are
not allowed on school property.
College students working in any field experience site are
PROHIBITED from distribution or dispensing of tobacco products,
drugs (illegal or legal), or alcohol on site, or away from the site with
students or clients, in accordance with related state and federal
FAILURE TO COMPLY
WITH THE TOBACCO, ALCOHOL AND DRUG REGULATIONS WILL
RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE FIELD EXPERIENCE.
You are a GUEST in your school – please avoid:
Casual blue jeans (except on sanctioned “dress down days”)
Mini and low-rise skirts
Crop tops, low cut tops, or spaghetti straps
T-Shirts with logos/words (other than school sanctioned)
Low-cut pants and “baggy britches”
Overly tight-fitting clothing
Strong scented perfumes, aftershaves, tobacco odor, etc.
“Spiky-high fashion” shoes or “flip-flops”
Obvious body piercings or tattoos – minimize, remove, or cover -
and - check on the school’s policy.
Gum, food, tongue studs (remove them for the school day!). because
of effect on oral speech enunciation.
Cell phone and pager usage during class time
Shirts with collars
Guys: ties optional (observe male staff or ask!)
Khakis, slacks, “Docker” style pants, etc.
Comfortable skirts & dresses
“Leather-like” shoes that are comfortable
Be practical and professional – life in P-12 settings can be hard on
clothing and shoes – don’t wear anything you don’t want damaged!
This is not the time or place for a “fashion show”!
Do the “mirror test”. Bend over, stretch, lean down, and kneel – if you
see skin where you shouldn’t don’t wear it to school. A good “rule of
thumb” – collarbone to top of knee cap should be covered.
Respect professional boundaries - DO NOT:
Date students, teachers, staff, or supervisors
Develop a “personal friendship” with students
Transport students in a vehicle at anytime, under any circumstances
Invite students to meet you off school property
Visit students at their home or have students come to your home
Exception: Authorized “home visits” that are part of the program…but
you MUST have a supervisor with you.
Do not be alone with a P-12 student. If you must:
First notify your mentor teacher
Sit in full view (to the hallway) with an open door
Sit on opposite side of desk or table – or at least on adjacent side (avoid
“shoulder to shoulder”)
Keep all the lights on and window blinds open
Do not sexually harass any student, staff member, or visitor
Counseling Settings: make every reasonable effort to avoid even the
appearance of actions that could be interpreted as sexual harassment of
students and/or co-workers.
Respect personal boundaries
Do not use corporal punishment
Hitting, slapping, shoving, paddling, grabbing, etc.
If you initiate “time outs”, do so only under direct supervision and
follow all school and state-sanctioned guidelines and policies.
USE EXTREME CAUTION with all physical contact including hugs,
“back-pats”, touching, etc.
Notify your university supervisor if you implement aversive treatment
of a P-12 student or are concerned a student may alleged that
inappropriate touching or harassment has occurred.
FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS REGULATION WILL
RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE FIELD EXPERIENCE.
Gossip, whining, & griping
Breach of confidentiality
Tardiness & absenteeism
Poor oral speaking skills
Poor writing skills
Unprofessional behavior and
demeanor as described in this
You have the civil right to present
yourself as you see fit….
site administrators, university
supervisors, faculty and administrators
have the AUTHORITY to remove you
from the site if they see fit….
Learn the safety regulations. Know exactly what to do for:
Fire and other safety drills and evacuations
Weapons & bomb threats
First aid situations, including school district policy about giving aid
Lock-Down procedures (preplan care for your children if you can’t leave the school!)
People authorized for pick-up and delivery of students
Use of Public Property
Use property only in accordance with the rules and regulations of the school
and district. No equipment, supplies or materials may be taken off-site
without expressed permission.
Drug use, sexual or physical abuse, neglect, potential suicide,
harm to others, etc.
Helping professionals and teachers are required to report.
Report full knowledge to your mentor teacher and university supervisor,
The school will have specific guidelines regarding the steps to be taken. Your
responsibility is to inform without delay and to follow the procedures of the
school and district.
Always protect yourself – strictly follow blood borne pathogens
Always have rubber gloves on you (this is why teachers like
pockets!) or near you.
There is always a risk that you can be held liable for a situation
during a field experience.
Most school districts will not “cover” personal liability cases or
judgments against an individual.
We strongly recommend that you acquire liability insurance.
Student MEA-MFT membership
$20.00 per year
$1 Million liability insurance coverage
“The Buck Stops Here…..”
Maintain a positive, professional
attitude, even if things are
getting “rough and tough.”
Please conduct yourself in a
manner befitting a member of
the teaching profession!
You must follow any other
ethical and professional
standards set by the
school/agency in which you are
completing a field experience.