Portrait of a Teacher

The centerpiece of all of our work is a document called the Portrait of a Teacher, shown below. Composed by faculty from the university and the schools, the Portrait is a set of statements that embody our vision of an educator. We use the portrait to inform admission into all of our programs, assessment of student teaching, and professional development for teachers. First developed in 1996, the Portrait has undergone several revisions. It was recently revised to align with our institutional standards. These standards were created in 2003, are reviewed and updated periodically, and align with the National Council for Accreditation of (NCATE) standards.

Portrait of a Teacher, Revised (Adopted June 2014)

The Montclair State University community is committed to the continuing development of teachers who strive to exemplify the knowledge, skills and dispositions reflected in this portrait so that they can prepare well-educated students who pursue their interests, lead meaningful and productive lives, and become active participants working towards a socially just democracy. In the service of this mission, we envision teachers who: