The University Supervisor is the “face” of the College of Education and Human Services in their role as evaluator and coach for student teachers in the field. The Supervisor is assigned to student teachers based upon their content expertise and personal/professional experiences as a former K-12 instructor.
UW Oshkosh supervisors visit the student in their placements several times during the course of the field experience to observe and evaluate the student’s performance. This professional also facilitates Triad Meetings with the cooperating teacher and student to ensure open communication regarding university and DPI expectations. These expectations include both academic and dispositional performance aspects of the licensure program, written assignments such as the progressive portfolio and pre-PDP as well as logistical aspects such as teaching timelines and non-classroom activities.
Each University Supervisor facilitates small group seminar meetings on a periodic basis during the student teaching semester. This is an opportunity for candidates to discuss, in a supportive and focused environment, successes, failures, licensure questions and other issues that emerge during the course of their capstone field experience. The University Supervisor assigns final grades for both the student teaching performance (Pass/Fail) and for the accompanying seminar (letter grade). The final narrative report provided by the Supervisor is a very important piece of the student’s job credential file. A strong professional relationship between a student teacher and Supervisor is strategic to the student’s growth and development as a professional educator.