The following policy is designed to promote a professional style of dress for all teacher education students when visiting schools for clinical studies. Education is considered a profession, hence this policy.
It is not the intention of Avila’s School of Education to describe or list every conceivable style or fashion in this policy. All aspiring teachers are expected to demonstrate discretion and good judgment regarding appropriate dress for the profession. Non-compliance with the policy may result in a less positive evaluation of the education student.
The following guidelines should apply during any visit to schools in fulfilling education course requirements:
Appropriate, traditional business attire
Clothing that is clean and pressed and neat in appearance
Shells, sweaters, blouses or collared shirts
Pressed slacks, sport coats, dresses and skirts
Attire not deemed appropriate:
Athletic clothing, ball caps or athletic shoes
Casual or beach footwear
Soiled or frayed clothing
T-shirts or other clothing with promotional lettering, slogans, or large images
Special Celebratory Days
Periodically, the school in which you may be completing a visit, field-experience or final clinical experience/internship may sponsor a special school colors day or celbratory day. The School of Education faculty encourage participation in such events as a signal of the Avila student’s desire to be involved in school celebrations; however, if “Jeans Day” is one of these sponsored events, the Education faculty ask that Avila students NOT wear jeans. Jeans are never allowed as an exception. The Education faculty feel that Avila students are not members of a school’s staff, but rather students from Avila University-teachers in training for a profession in which the best model makes a statement regarding utmost respect for the profession.
As a model for students, it is advised that students cover tattoos; remove all extraordinary ornamentation not currently accepted in the education profession, such as tongue studs, nose, brow and lip piercings, and multiple ear piercings.