Professional Standards

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education requires that all teacher candidates pursuing Initial Licensure complete a supervised field experience and be evaluated using the CAP (Candidate Assessment of Performance.) It assesses teacher candidates' full practicum performance and readiness to teach according to four standards.

With approval from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, the Lynch School of Education and Human Development expanded this assessment to include one new standard focused on inquiry stance. We also refined Standard 2: Teaching All Students and Promoting Social Justice.  This work resulted in the creation of a new assessment tool, the Boston College Candidate Assessment of Performance (BC-CAP). Teacher candidates at Boston College are assessed according to five standards on the CAP; the University's additions to the state tool are noted in italics:

  1. Curriculum, Planning and Assessment
  2. Teaching All Students
  3. Family and Community Engagement
  4. Professional Culture
  5. Demonstrating and Inquiry Stance in Daily Practice
  6. Promoting & Practicing Principles of Social Justice Teaching


BC-CAP Evidence Portfolio

Additionally, teacher candidates are required to select evidence from their teaching that relates to these standards and to briefly justify each selection. Candidates are informed in advance about possible data sources and evidence examples for each indicator. Program Supervisors assess teacher candidates on these standards throughout the full practicum period based on evidence candidates collect (e.g. lesson plans, journals, samples of pupil work, etc.), and summative ratings determine if the candidate earns the endorsement. An extensive rubric is used to evaluate candidate performance on the BC-CAP.

Teacher candidates must meet all expectations of the program in order to earn the endorsement.