The university supervisor possesses as a minimum a teaching certificate, a master’s degree or equivalent, or preferably an earned doctorate. A record of successful teaching experience in public schools is desirable. The university supervisor is a person who works well with others; is concerned for the individual; and is specialized in supervision skills which enable her/him to discern effective teaching/learning practices in whatever subject she/he happens to be observing.

Roles and Responsibilities

The specific roles and responsibilities of the university supervisor are given below. The university supervisor should:

  • Ensure that the teacher candidate is given opportunities to demonstrate the many skills associated with the teacher as a reflective decision maker.
  • Assist the coordinator of student teaching in the assignment of teacher candidates and recommend reassignment when necessary.
  • Conduct an orientation for assigned student teachers.
  • Discuss with teacher candidates the Guiding Principles and how they relate to their student teaching.
  • Emphasize material in the Student Teaching Handbook including required items.
  • Conduct at least six on-site visits per semester, four of which must be observation visits, with each teacher candidate assigned. If problems arise, more visits may be necessary. Document each visit. Make contact with each cooperating teacher during the first week of semester.
  • Ensure that teacher candidates receive orientation into the school environment in which they are placed. 
  • Establish and maintain good relationships between the university and cooperating schools.
  • Acquaint cooperating school personnel with the philosophy, objectives, organization, and content of the teacher education program. 
  • Require teacher candidates to do lesson plans for each lesson taught during the student teaching experience using the designated format in the Student Teaching Handbook or lesson plan provided by the university supervisor/program. Lesson plans are to be evaluated by the university supervisor.
  • Request that the cooperating teacher complete for the teacher candidate the required weekly evaluation form found in the Student Teaching Handbook. The cooperating teacher should discuss the completed evaluation and grade with the teacher candidate. The teacher candidate should make two copies of each weekly evaluation: one copy for the cooperating teacher and one copy for their supervisor. The original completed weekly cooperating teacher evaluation should be kept by the teacher candidate. 
  • Become familiar with the philosophy, objectives, organization, and content of the cooperating school’s program.
  • Help cooperating teachers and other members of the supervisory team understand their performance in their supervisory role in the teacher education program.
  • Work with university and cooperating school personnel in planning an appropriate program of experiences for teacher candidate.
  • Observe and confer with teacher candidates in order to help them improve their instructional practices through clinical experiences in which the teaching/learning situation and related planning and evaluation activities are examined.
  • Supervise the completion of the teacher candidate's mid-semester Self-Evaluation. Direct the student to review the completed Self-Evaluation with the cooperating teacher.
  • Consult with cooperating teachers and other professionals in order to analyze the performance of teacher candidate and plan experiences that will lead to a greater understanding and improvement of teaching.
  • Counsel with teacher candidates concerning problems of adjustment to the teaching role.
  • Consult with cooperating school personnel on curricular, instructional, and organizational matters when requested.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities as requested by the program.
  • Cooperate with other university and school personnel in evaluating and refining the teacher education program.
  • Assist the teacher candidate in completing a visual documentation of the student teaching experience, if the student elects to do so. (optional)
  • Verify that all electronic assessments and other evaluations are completed for each assigned teacher candidate.
  • Participate in other activities designed to supplement and complement student teaching experience.
  • Secondary supervisors should be familiar with specific content area requirements.
  • Supervisors should monitor the completion of the completion of the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA).
  • Complete a Final Evaluation in the online STEPS/Taskstream system for each assigned teacher candidate.