Professional Writing Requirements

The Professional Writing requirements provide an opportunity for you to introduce yourself to the admission screening committee. The committee will be looking for evidence of:

  • experiences working with diverse children and/or adolescents
  • leadership and collaboration
  • critical thinking and creativity
  • respect for diversity, social justice and equity and commitment to making a positive difference

Please complete the following requirements and upload with your on-line application. Read the directions carefully and proofread your work. Each requirement should be double-spaced (Times New Roman 12 point font) and no more than three pages. Your written communication skills will be evaluated using the effective written communication rubric.

  1. Professional Statement Essays
    Please complete a response for each (as directed above) and upload to your on-line application.

    Essay #1

    • In what ways has your cultural heritage and background influenced the way you learn, and impacted your interactions with others who come from a different cultural background? Describe an example of an injustice or inequity that you witnessed, experienced, or became aware of, and your response at that time. Then, explain how you would respond if it occurred again. Finally, explain how you would support respect for diversity in your future classroom, and how you would demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity.

    Essay #2

    • In consideration of the characteristics of an effective teacher, the ability to collaborate, and to support student collaboration in the classroom, is essential. Please self-evaluate this important skill and indicate whether you consider this as a strength or weakness. If you consider it as a weakness, please explain how you might further develop this skill. Also, please explain how you might encourage collaboration in your future classroom.
  2. Teacher Education Resume
    Please follow the resume template when developing your resume and upload to your on-line application. Please include the following:

    • Diverse experiences working with children and/or adolescents through volunteer and paid work such as: after school programs, church programs, coaching, daycare worker, tutoring, babysitting, camp counselor, etc.