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Professionalism Requirement


All teacher education candidates are to meet professional expectations throughout the program. This includes demonstrating knowledge of professional, legal, and ethical responsibilities and policies. Unprofessional behavior is unacceptable and may lead to a withdrawal from a course, withdrawal from a field experience, a student of concern case conference, probation, or removal from the program.

The information below is solely intended as a resource to our candidates regarding teaching as a profession, but not an exhaustive list of requirements.

General Resources

Faculty and staff of the Woodring College of Education have the responsibility to assure children, families, and the public that WWU graduates are fully competent teachers who have successfully completed a rigorous academic program of study and met all program and state requirements. WWU students must demonstrate academic competence in content, pedagogy, and professionalism throughout their program of study. Students are required to sign and submit a copy of the Candidate Professional Program Expectations document during their New Student Orientation.

Emergency Procedures

Although rare, it is possible for a Woodring student to be at a field experience site when an emergency occurs. Emergencies include, but are not limited to, Fire, Lock Down/Sheltering, Hazardous Materials, Weather, Bomb Threat, Natural Disaster, Shooting, Assault, Suspicious Object, Abduction, Injury. WWU students are required to notify WWU when:

Clearance, Character & Fitness

Under the law, all candidates are required to provide evidence of good moral character and personal fitness upon admission to a teacher education certification program. 

Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting

Under the law, all candidates are considered mandated reporters and must adhere to all mandatory reporting laws. As such, candidates must become familiar with the procedures for reporting abuse and neglect within their school and understand and follow all state required policies and procedures. This requires that you directly report your suspicion of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate CPS or law enforcement office (911 in an emergency) or assure that a report has been made.

Washington Code of Professional Conduct

It is the responsibility of the candidate to be familiar with all WACs related to Acts of Unprofessional Conduct. These WACs include, but are not limited to, WAC 180-87-015, Accountability for Acts of Unprofessional Conduct; WAC 180-87-050, Misrepresentation or Falsification in the Course of Professional Practice; WAC 180-87-055, Alcohol or Controlled Substance Abuse; WAC 180-87-060, Disregard or Abandonment of Generally Recognized Professional Standards; WAC 180-87-065, Abandonment of Contract for Professional Services; WAC 180-87-070, Unauthorized Professional Practice; WAC 180-87-080, Sexual Misconduct with Students; WAC 180-87-085, Furnishing Alcohol or Controlled Substance to Students; WAC 180-87-090, Improper Remunerative Conduct; and WAC 18-87-095, Failure to File a Complaint

FERPA - Confidentiality

All candidates must observe confidentiality policies and procedures with respect to personal, academic, and health information and understand all confidentiality requirements under local, state, and federal laws such as FERPA and HIPAA. This includes the following requirements

  • Candidates are prohibited from removing from the classroom/school any official document pertaining to the student (this would include grade reports, Individual Education Plans (IEPs), official records, etc.).
  • Candidates must store student work carefully and confidentially. If student work such as essays, worksheets, etc. are being used for purposes of review and grading, then they must be put away when not attended so that confidentiality is maintained. In addition, if unofficial items are removed from the classroom for purposes of grading, then they must be secured at all times and not left unattended or in view of others.
  • Candidates may not break FERPA (or HIPAA) confidentiality through any form of communication, including blogging, Facebook, etc. Any communication about students, parents/guardians, teachers, professors, school/university staff, etc. that violates confidentiality is a severe professional violation. Confidentiality is not secured through the use of pseudonyms or the redaction of personal information. As long as enough information is provided that would allow the public to ascertain who is being discussed, then confidentiality has been compromised. As such, candidates are to use discretion in this area at all times.

School Employee HIV/AIDs and Bloodborne Pathogens Guidelines

Professional Dress and Deportment

Candidates are expected to dress in a professional and appropriate manner at all times. They must remain cognizant of their professional role and the expected standards with respect to dress and deportment. As such, their personal presentation must be appropriate for all settings, circumstances, and audiences.

Washington Standards for Beginning Teachers

WAC 181-78A-270; this document outlines the standards required for the initial state residency teaching certificate.

Legal Issues

The Washington Education Association offers many legal resources to teachers to help them remain safe in the classroom. Those resources include: