The supervisor is particularly important in the professional growth and development of the student as the student adjusts to the role of a professional and a new community. Assistance in meeting the many diverse needs of the student teacher is an important factor in the student’s success. To view more information on supervisors or if you are a supervisor in need of forms or assistance please continue below.
What is a Supervisor?
Student teaching is a significant aspect of educator preparation. ISU student teaching supervisors make frequent visits to the classroom and often put in extra hours to to help ensure success in this experience. Our dedicated supervisors add an additional dimension and range of experiences to the student teacher’s background.
The university supervisor serves as liaison and works cooperatively with the cooperating teacher and local school district in interpreting the program, visiting as often as possible to share the evaluation of the student teacher’s progress, and providing assistance and advisement in problem situations.
The visits may be planned in advance or unannounced. The supervisor is ultimately responsible for recommending a grade for the student teacher to the student teaching coordinator or content area program coordinator. The supervisor may also serve as a resource person and consultant for the cooperating teacher.
All supervisors are required to have:
- A teaching license
- Three years of successful PK-12 teaching experience
- A masters degree, if supervising student teachers
- Endorsements matching the content they are supervising
Most ISU supervisors have also completed the Iowa Evaluator Approval Training and have a broader background than the minimum requirements.