*Please note that the interview process may vary within the Secondary Education programs. Please contact the respective program coordinator for more information.
The interview will consist of two parts: 1) your prepared statement and 2) committee questions. A typed outline of your prepared statement must be uploaded to Taskstream AT LEAST 24 HOURS prior to your scheduled interview. Assessment criteria for the interview are available on Taskstream.
You will present a clear, concise oral statement of no more than EIGHT MINUTES addressing the following questions:
- Why do you want to teach?
- What goals should a good educator attempt to accomplish with students?
- Which areas of professional skills development do you identify as your strengths and which need more work?
- What are your future professional goals?
Following your statement presentation, the committee will discuss with you the areas they feel will be most helpful to your professional development. This may involve, but is not limited to, asking questions related to your presentation. The interview is designed to offer you the opportunity to:
- Reflect seriously on the profession of teaching
- Organize and express your thoughts into a personal goal statement
- Exhibit professional behavior and temperament
- Examine indicators for your future success as an educator
Be sure to practice your oral statement so you cover everything you hope to within the time allotted. Clarity and organization are key to a successful presentation. Feel free to discuss any aspect of the interview process with your advisor prior to your interview.
The following information will be evaluated during the Teacher Education interview:
Content: Addressed topics assigned; discusses philosophy and reasons for teaching: thoughtful statement with attention to issues of personal and professional value.
Quality: Prepared; properly paced; compelling speaker and insightful communicator; responsive to interview committee questions/comments
Progress in program of study to date: GPA; required coursework; adjudication
Case Study Response: Demonstrates creativity and critical thinking;; organized; connects to self, others, and practice; genuine and purposeful response
Character: Exhibits self-awareness, balance, and humility
Care: Exhibits receptivity, connectivity, and civility
Pedagogical Stance: Exhibits educator identity, adaptability, and capacity for change
Professional Commitment: Exhibits advocacy, professionalism, and dedication