The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) has selected Fresno State’s Kremen School of Education and Human Development as the winner of its 2013 Best Practice Award for Professional Ethics and Moral Dispositions in Teacher Education.
The national award recognizes excellence in a school, college or department of education for purposeful attention to ethics and moral character in educating future teachers. It will be presented March 2 at AACTE’s 65th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
“A focus on character development, professional ethics and moral dispositions has been at the core of our credential and graduate programs for over two decades,” said Fresno State President John D. Welty. “The careers of thousands of Kremen School-trained educators have been touched over this time.
“We are delighted that AACTE and the profession have acknowledged those efforts,” he said.
Judges selected the Kremen School for the award because of its clear commitment to preparing educators who have a deep understanding of the ethical dimensions of teaching, who see education as part of the democratic fabric of society and who have worked to develop dispositions toward teaching effectively in diverse communities.
In addition, judges said, faculty members share an understanding of conceptualizing and developing their candidates’ dispositions, thanks to a long-standing and ongoing commitment that is embedded throughout the educator preparation program.