A student with her cooperating teacher

Cooperating Teachers

Cooperating teachers are important partners in preparing our future educators. Through your mentorship and guidance, teacher candidates learn best practices in curriculum, how to effectively work with the needs of diverse learners and how to create a positive partnership with the families of your students.

Cooperating teachers must meet the following criteria:

  • Be licensed in the area for which they provide supervision
  • Have tenure or three years of successful teaching experience
  • Special Education teacher caseload should include 3-5 students in Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) or Developmental Cognitive Disabilities (DCD)-MN/ Cognitive Disabilities (CD)-WI licensure areas .

This section (PDF) of the Student Teaching Handbook pertains to the Cooperating Teacher role. In this video, you will learn about the edTPA.

Evaluations and Surveys

Every semester, cooperating teacher and supervisors must complete surveys to assess how students are performing during their student teaching experiences. The information gathered is used to improve education programs and maintain accreditation. These surveys take between 5-10 minutes to complete.

  • The Demographic Survey measures the diversity of the students served by WSU Education majors.
  • The Dispositions Survey evaluates how well students are applying the professional dispositions to their student teaching experience. 
  • The Student Teacher Final Evaluation assesses teacher candidates’ performance in their student teaching experiences. 

Cooperating Teachers and Teacher Candidates will be able to work together more successfully with Co Teaching Strategies. This video workshop will provide the audience with the basics needed for a successful Co Teaching experience! 

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