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Technical Standards

Technical Standards

The Teacher Education Program is committed to helping students who enter education courses and programs at Central Michigan University to have every opportunity to succeed in those endeavors. Academic entry level standards are completed by the requirement to meet technical standards. 

Technical Standards are the essential qualities and abilities needed by each student if they are to maximize their potential for success both in the academic classroom and during field experiences. 

Ability to meet the Technical Standards for the program is required for successful acclimation into the profession and these standards must be maintained throughout the student's enrollment in teacher education programs at Central Michigan University. In the event a student is unable to maintain these standards, with or without accommodation, the student may be required to withdraw from the course or program.

In keeping with applicable federal and state law regarding disabilities, Central Michigan University is committed to making reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in order to enable them in performing successfully the skills necessary for a student in education programs.


The following are the technical skills which are expected of a student accepted in the Teacher Education Program at Central Michigan University. Although it is expected that students will continue to develop and improve these abilities, those listed below are the minimal expectation for entry level students.

Cognitive Abilities are those tied to thinking skills and include such areas as focusing, organizing, recording, evaluating, communicating, and applying. The following are the expectations of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Comprehend, integrate, and synthesize a large body of information/knowledge in a short time.
  • Analyze complex problems.
  • Reflect on academic and classroom performance accurately, and identify and implement remedies for improvement.
  • Reflect on classroom and academic performance of others entrusted to their charge and accurately identify problems, pose and implement remedies for improvement.
  • Utilize appropriate and effective spoken, written, and non-verbal communication. Students must be able to understand and speak the English language at a level consistent with competent professional practice.

Affective Abilities are those tied to social and emotional skills including interaction with others and ethical beliefs that are consistent with those who work with, and are role models for young people. The following are the expectations of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Demonstrate a collaborative work ethic.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation and respect for individual, social, and cultural differences in fellow students, colleagues, staff, host teachers, and learners entrusted to them during their field experiences.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the safety of their fellow students, themselves, colleagues, staff, host teachers, and learners entrusted to them during their field experiences.
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately handle situations that may be emotionally, physically, or intellectually stressful.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to adjust to changing situations and uncertainty in academic and clinical classroom situations.
  • Demonstrate honesty, integrity, initiative, responsibility, and professionalism.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information consistent with work in academic and clinical classroom situations including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  • Demonstrate self-reflection and responsiveness to professional feedback.

Observation Skills are those skills which help maintain awareness of people and situations in the context of classrooms, laboratories, and field situations. The following are the expectations of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Observe the appropriate level students' abilities and behaviors accurately during clinical classroom observations, instructional opportunities, and field placements.
  • Read, comprehend, and interpret information accurately from diagnostic tests, equipment and records of clinical classroom students.

Psychomotor Skills are those physical skills needed to carry out the activities required of a student in education courses and programs. The following are the expectations of the Teacher Education Program.

  • Attend lecture and laboratory classes and access laboratories, classrooms, and workstations.
  • Attend field placements in assignment locations throughout the State of Michigan.
  • Accomplish required auditory, visual, kinesthetic tasks in academic and field placement settings.
  • Use fine motor skills to accurately and efficiently manipulate equipment for instruction, assessment, and management of clinical classroom students.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is contingent on students' confirmation that they understand these technical standards and believe they can meet them either with or without accommodations. If a student has a disability that he/she feels may require accommodations to perform any of the tasks identified as essential to education program, it is the student's responsibility to inform the Student Disability Office so appropriate steps can be taken to accommodate the student's needs.

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