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Spadoni College of Education

Professional Reference for Teacher Candidate

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The above-named person has made application to the Spadoni College of Education at Coastal Carolina University and is requesting you to serve as a reference for their values, habits and attitude. In education, we call these characteristics “dispositions”. Dispositions are defined as the habits of professional action and moral commitments that underlie a professional educator’s performance. Evaluators should rate each candidate on each professional disposition indicator. Scores that approach 1 should be given to students who exhibit less than acceptable habits and practices. Scores approaching 5 are reserved for students displaying positively remarkable behaviors. A score of 3 or "No Evidence to Believe Otherwise" signifies that there have been no observations of behaviors that would suggest a disposition that is not acceptable for teachers.



Strongly Disagree




No evidence to believe otherwise




Strongly Agree








Please rate the applicant in each of the dispositions listed below.

1=Strongly Disagree      2=Disagree     3=No evidence to believe otherwise    4=Agree    5=Strongly Agree   






  1. The candidate is intellectually curious (i.e., raises meaningful questions and seeks answers).






  1. The candidate strives to establish a supportive climate for working and learning.






  1. The candidate establishes and maintains non-discriminatory and inclusive practices.






  1. The candidate interrupts or re-directs discriminatory discourse.






  1. The candidate critically analyzes situations and information.






  1. The candidate welcomes and uses constructive criticism and feedback to improve.






  1. The candidate consistently comes prepared and ready to contribute to the experience (e.g., professional demeanor, follows dress code, follows schedule, protocol and procedures including reporting lateness or absences).






  1. The candidate maintains integrity (i.e., honesty, confidentiality, adheres to code of ethics, uses good judgement).






  1. The candidate evaluates and reflects on his/her actions and how it affects others.






  1. The candidate is dependable.






  1. The candidate respects peers, families, and colleagues (e.g., respects diversity and individual worth, uses strategies for building positive relationships, and demonstrates collegial behaviors).






  1. The candidate demonstrates a commitment to improve his/her practice (e.g., advocates for the profession, engages in professional development experiences to foster life-long learning).






  1. The candidate seeks help appropriately (e.g., asks for help when situations exceed capabilities).






1=Strongly Disagree      2=Disagree     3=No evidence to believe otherwise    4=Agree    5=Strongly Agree






  1. The candidate engages in tasks with colleagues and school personnel in a respectful and professional manner (e.g., uses professional language).






  1. The candidate performs under stress (e.g., accomplishes goals under stressful situations).






  1. The candidate communicates clearly (e.g., written, oral, body language).






  1. The candidate is assertive (e.g., expresses own beliefs and acts on them without hurting others).






  1. The candidate demonstrates flexibility (i.e., changes or modifies behavior when appropriate).






  1. The candidate is a problem-solver (i.e., uses a systematic approach to the identification and solution of problems).






  1. The candidate demonstrates grit (i.e., perseverance, determination, hard work).







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