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Occupational Education Technical Standards

Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving Skills

Definition of Standards:

Be able to organize time, materials, to prioritize tasks, to perform several tasks at once and adapt to changing situations.

Examples of Standards:

Have the mental capacity for complex thought as demonstrated in prerequisite college level course work.

Able to analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts, and problem solve to formulate assessment and educational judgements.

Demonstrate the ability to think analytically abut educational issues.

Demonstrate the ability to multi-task and to adapt to and display flexibility in changing situations.

Able to perform the above skills independently.

Communication/Interpersonal Skills

Definition of Standards:

Have the necessary interpersonal competencies to function effectively with diverse populations and to function collaboratively as part of a professional team.

Examples of Standards:

Communicate effectively with other students, faculty, staff, and professionals.

Express ideas and feelings clearly.

Demonstrate a willingness and ability to listen to others.

Demonstrate sufficient skills in spoken English to understand content presented in the program, to adequately complete all verbal assignments, and to meet the objective of the internship experiences.

Appreciate the value of diversity and look beyond self interactions with others.

Must not impose personal religious, sexual, and/or cultural values on others.

Demonstrate an awareness of appropriate social boundaries between students and educators and show that they are ready and able to observe those boundaries.

Demonstrate positive social skills in professional and social interactions with faculty, colleagues, parents, and students.

Demonstrate the ability to express their viewpoints and negotiate difficulties appropriately, without behaving unprofessionally with instructors, peers, or students.

Coping Skills

Definition of Standards:

Ability to respond appropriately to stressful environments.

Examples of Standards:

Manage academic schedules and deadlines.

Perform in fast paced early childcare situations.

Demonstrate the ability to work with frequent interruptions.

Respond appropriately to unexpected situations.

To cope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.

Possess the ability to make and execute quick, appropriate, and accurate decisions in a stressful environment, and have the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well in a myriad of situations.

Sensory Abilities

Definition of Standards:

Sufficient Auditory, visual and tactile ability to ensure a safe environment for children.

Examples of Standards:

Recognize and interpret expressions and body language.

Identify normal and abnormal patterns of behavior in children.

Maintain visual supervision of children at all times, and scan the environment and facilities for safety purposes.

Behavioral Skills

Definition of Standards:

Ability to demonstrate professional behaviors and a strong work ethic.

Examples of Standards:

Demonstrate initiative, flexibility, enthusiasm, honesty, cooperation and industrious behavior.

Recognize personal limitations and request assistance as appropriate.

Demonstrate respect for the child, other educational professionals and the profession of education.

Perform duties efficiently, willingly, and thoroughly.

Present professional appearance and maintain personal hygiene.

Emotional Skills

Definition of Standards:

Be able to work under time constraints, concentrate in distracting situations, make subjective judgements, and ensure safety in emergencies.

Examples of Standards:

Use sound judgement.

Seek and effectively use help for medical and emotional problems that interfere with academic and/or professional performance, and the ability to deal with current life stressors through the use of appropriate coping mechanisms.