Professional Conduct Policy

Education is a professional field governed by a professional code of ethics. Failure to follow any of the standards of this code will result in withdrawal from the clinical field placement and failure of the clinical course. Schools and the university view clinical students as professional educators and, therefore, have expectations for professional behavior.

  1. Students are expected to be on time for all school-based commitments. If a student withdraws from a clinical, the student should contact the university supervisor and the cooperating teacher.
  2. Students are expected to follow district and building policies, such as policies regarding absence, professional conduct, parking, use of equipment, etc.
  3. Students are expected to follow the professional code of confidentiality. At no time should students discuss confidential or personal information regarding students, teachers, or schools.
  4. Students are expected to show a positive attitude, willingness to try new things, and eagerness to be involved in classroom activities.
  5. Students are expected to develop a professional working relationship with cooperating teachers and university supervisors. The cooperating teachers function as guides and instructors in the clinical; therefore, students must be willing to accept constructive criticism.
  6. Students are expected to develop a professional working relationship with students in the schools. While university students should be friendly with students in the schools, it is important they maintain an appropriate teacher/student rapport.