Other Professional Requirements
Subject matter knowledge is a necessary but not sufficient condition for a career in teaching. Those who would teach the young also must be adequately prepared in pedagogy. Moreover, teachers have a moral obligation to provide children with the opportunity to achieve their full human potential. Children are especially vulnerable and their parents are compelled by law to turn them over to near strangers. It is therefore necessary that teacher certification candidates evidence a fundamental commitment to mastering the systematic body of knowledge that informs educational practice and supports a scientifically rational approach to teaching. They also must demonstrate a fundamental willingness to help students, even at the sacrifice of personal convenience, and be unreservedly committed to teach all students irrespective of their kinship, race, religion, sex, social status, or disability.
The obligations of teaching also require that candidates for certification demonstrate self-motivation, compassion, honesty, punctuality, and the ability and willingness to assume responsibility. Additionally, they must demonstrate the capacity to discuss and reconsider their underlying assumptions and the facility to listen to, accept, and act on constructive criticism. Students who are guilty of criminal behavior, academic dishonesty, or conduct that is inconsistent with the Judeo-Christian moral tradition of La Salle University will not be permitted to continue in the Teacher Education Program.
The degree to which the student fulfills the above criteria will be determined by the Department of Education faculty. The decision of the faculty in these matters will be final but subject to appeal.
Undergraduate candidates who are dismissed from teacher certification candidacy are not eligible for certification in any other division of the University.