Preparing Educators as Leaders

Clinical Supervisors Play A Vital Role

The Clinical Supervisor (our term for “cooperating teacher”) plays one of the most important roles in the final stages of teacher preparation. Not only does the Clinical Supervisor help provide direct clinical experiences by inviting the teacher education candidate into her/his classroom, but he/she also serves as a teacher and mentor. The theoretical study of behavioral and pedagogical concepts comes alive in the Clinical Supervisor’s classroom. With the Clinical Supervisor’s guidance, teacher education candidates will enact the responsibilities and tasks of a certified teacher, and further develop a professional attitude that will follow them into their teaching careers. 

Clinical Supervisors are selected in a process that involves the university, school district administrators, and school administrators. The Clinical Supervisor should: 

  • Express an interest and desire to work with the teacher education candidate and University Supervisor 
  • Have a valid, clear, renewable professional certificate in the field in which the teacher education candidate is preparing to teach 
  • Have at least three years successful teaching experience on a professional certificate 
  • Be recognized for excellence in teaching and the ability to work with others 
  • Be recommended by the cooperating school principal 
  • Possess effective mentoring and supervisory skills 
  • Have an instructional load that is realistic and reflects an appropriate cross section of the student population. It must reflect the certificate field of the teacher education candidate. 

Evaluation Requirements

Assessment is an essential component of the student teaching/internship semesters for our pre-service teachers. Use of assessment tools aligned with Kansas education standards help our students better understand expectations and set goals for their performance. Our Field Placement Office will email the Clinical Supervisor early in the semester with evaluation instructions and log-in info. 

Formative Assessment
Clinical Supervisors for elementary and middle/secondary teacher candidates are required to complete and submit one formative evaluation for his or her student teacher half-way through the experience.  Following this written evaluation, the Clinical Supervisor and teacher education candidate should meet to discuss the evaluation.  

Summative Assessment
At the end of the teacher education candidate’s experience, the Clinical Supervisor should submit a Summative Assessment form online.  Melissa Robinson, Field Placement Director, will send you the password for this form via email when the time approaches, but feel free to contact her for the information at

For more information about your role as a Clinical Supervisor, please review the Student Teaching Handbook or contact Melissa Robinson.

Field Experience Contact

Melissa Robinson
Director of Field Placement

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