Qualifications


The university supervisor possesses as a minimum of three to five years of experience in PK-12 schools and/or Educator Preparation and a master’s degree or equivalent. A record of successful teaching experience in public schools is desirable. The university supervisor is a person who is a Mentor and has the abiltiy to interact and communicate well with students and cooperating teachers. 

Roles and Responsibilities

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

I. Roles and Responsibilities related to Mentoring the Teacher Candidate

Discuss material in the Student Teaching Handbook emphasizing required items.

Meet with the teacher candidate and cooperating teacher (CT) during the first week of each placement.   A minimum of six visits per semester is required for each teacher candidate.  The visits will consist of an orientation/initial visit with the teacher candidate and cooperating teacher the first week, a final visit with the teacher candidate and cooperating teacher the last week, and four observation visits in between.  If problems arise, more visits may be necessary.   Each visit must be documented.  

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.

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.

Counsel with teacher candidates concerning problems of adjustment to their teaching role.

Supervise the completion of the teacher candidate Mid-block Self-Evaluation.  Direct the student to review the completed Mid-block Self-Evaluation with the cooperating teacher.

Assist the teacher candidate in completing a visual documentation of the student teaching experience.

II. Roles and Responsibilities related to the Cooperating Teacher and Placement School

Assist the coordinator of field experiences in the assignment of teacher candidates and recommend reassignment when necessary.

Discuss the Conceptual Framework and General Learning Outcomes and how they relate to student teaching with teacher candidate and cooperating teacher(s), conveying to the cooperating teacher that the teacher candidate should be given opportunities to demonstrate the skills associated with the teacher as a reflective decision maker.

Discuss material in the Student Teaching Handbook emphasizing required items.

Meet with the cooperating teacher (CT) during the first week of each placement.   A minimum of one visit per two-week period is required for each teacher candidate.  For example there would be six visits required for a 12-week placement; eight visits required for a 16-week placement, etc.   The visits will consist of an orientation/initial visit with the teacher candidate and cooperating teacher the first week, a final visit with the teacher candidate and cooperating teacher the last week, and observation visits in between.  If problems arise, more visits may be necessary.   Each visit must be documented.

Request that the teacher candidate receives an orientation into the school environment in which they will do their student teaching.

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.

Inform the cooperating teacher to evaluate the teacher candidate using the Weekly Progress Form found in the Student Teaching Handbook and discuss the completed evaluation with the teacher candidate.  The teacher candidate will keep the original form (with signatures) in the student teaching notebook, scan a copy to the e-portfolio (if required by program), and also distribute a copy to both the cooperating teacher and university supervisor.

Become familiar with the philosophy, objectives, organization and content of the cooperating school’s program.

Convey to cooperating teachers and other members of the supervisory team the importance of their supervisory role in the teacher education program.

Work with university and cooperating school personnel in planning an appropriate program of experiences for teacher candidates, as required by the program.

Supervise the completion of the teacher candidate Mid-block Self-Evaluation.  Direct the student to review the completed Mid-block Self-Evaluation with the cooperating teacher.

Consult with cooperating teachers and other professionals in order to analyze the performance of teacher candidates and plan experiences that will lead to their greater understanding and the improvement of their teaching.

Consult with cooperating school personnel on curricular, instructional and organizational matters when requested.

Cooperate with other university and school personnel in evaluating and refining the teacher education program.

III. Roles and Responsibilities related to Meetings and Professional Development

Participate in professional development opportunities as requested by the Coordinator of Educational Field Experiences or program coordinator.

Participate in other activities designed to supplement and complement student teaching experiences.

Communicate with program coordinators in order to remain current with specific content area requirements.

IV. Roles and Responsibilities related to Evaluation and Assessment

Monitor the teacher candidate’s completion of the MoPTA (Missouri Pre-service Teacher Assessment) and assist with grading, if required by the program.

Complete evaluations in the online TASKSTREAM system for each assigned teacher candidate.

Assist with the completion of the Professional Preparation Portfolio, if required by the program.

Verify that all electronic assessments and other evaluations are completed for each assigned teacher candidate.