Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Sarah K. Edwards


The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards are in place to ensure teacher preparation programs produce candidates who meet the high standards of the field and who work to help all students learn. NCATE dictates that teacher preparation programs must provide assessment data which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions of candidates in the program. While teacher preparation programs have historically assessed the areas of knowledge and skills in candidates, the same programs are struggling to understand the concept of dispositions and how to assess the professional dispositions of candidates. The purpose of this research study was to describe how one teacher preparation program attempts to document candidate concerns in the areas of knowledge, skills and professional dispositions. The research looks at the students who are considered to be at-risk of successfully completing the teacher preparation program and reveals some of the themes which emerged from analyzing one college's conference record forms.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Teacher Education and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Science University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright Brooke S. Wiseman Dowse August, 2006