The Observation Process for Student Teachers
Initial Visit, Observations (Please follow established time frame.)
- University Supervisors should contact the student teacher and cooperating teacher in order to set up an introductory meeting in which all requirements and expectations are discussed. In addition, observation dates may be tentatively agreed upon.
- Student teachers receive a minimum of 4 observations (2nd one is midterm and 4th one is final). The University Supervisor may determine a need for additional observations based upon the student teaching candidate’s performance. In addition, if the University Supervisor determines the student teaching candidate’s (K-12 and Secondary) content knowledge is weak they may request that the student’s content advisor observe the candidate. (Typically, the content advisor will observe the candidate during the field experience.) This observation by the content advisor may be counted as one of the total 4 that the student teacher receives.
- University Supervisors use the “Field Experience Observation Form” during any formal observation. This observation is discussed with the student teacher as soon after the observation as possible. Discuss any concerns with the cooperating teacher and determine any items needing attention. Always reference the LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity so that all components are addressed throughout the student teaching experience.
The Evaluation Process for Student Teachers
Midterm Evaluation (Please follow established time frame.)
- The midterm evaluation is important in that it provides feedback and demonstrates to the student teaching candidate areas of concern that must be addressed prior to the final evaluation by the University Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher.
- University Supervisors should remind the cooperating teacher to complete this evaluation within Tk20 as well.
- Tk20 url (https://tk20.campbell.edu/campustoolshighered) and passcodes are sent by Field Experience Office to each of the Cooperating Teachers prior to the midterm evaluation for the student teacher. Each University Supervisor should already have access to the Tk20 System.
- After the midterm observation is completed, the University Supervisor will complete the "Evaluation Protocol for the Student Teacher" within the Tk20 electronic system.
- Both the University Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher complete the final evaluation within the Tk20 system.
- The same username and password created for the midterm are used by the cooperating teacher to access the Tk20 site.
- After the final evaluation has been completed through Tk20, both will “compare notes” to determine a final “hard copy” evaluation. This “final” hard copy form is the “LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity.” This is the “official” copy which will ultimately be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction by the student as part of the application process for a North Carolina teaching license. (The results completed within Tk20 on the final evaluation of both cooperating teacher and University Supervisor should be considered in this completion of the “joint” final evaluation.)
- Should there be disagreement between the University Supervisor and the Cooperating Teacher, the University Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher will prepare a plan of action to assist the student teaching candidate in obtaining the appropriate ranking of “met” on the standard(s). The final hard copy shall not be completed until this plan of action has been implemented and evaluated. At this final evaluation, ALL Standard/Elements must be “Met”. (Should these ratings not be met, the student may not be recommended for licensure.)
- This final “hard” (LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity) copy of the evaluation must be provided to the student with all signatures obtained (University Supervisor, Cooperating Teacher, Principal, Student Teacher Candidate) and the form dated. The student will submit this form to the School of Education along with their application for a North Carolina Teacher Licensure.
- “LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity” forms are available in the School of Education office.
Observation/Evaluation Tools Utilized During
Student Teaching Field Experience
- Field Experience Observation Protocol: This instrument is used by the university supervisor to observe the student teacher. It documents the observation and provides important feedback to the candidate on areas of strength and areas for improvement.
- Evaluation Protocol for the Student Teacher: This instrument is used by the cooperating teacher, university supervisor to evaluate the student teacher at the mid-term and final points of the field experience. It provides documentation to the candidate on the "current" capacity they have to perform the professional educator duties.
- LEA/IHE Certification of Teaching Capacity: This instrument is required by North Carolina for initial licensure applicants. It is the final documentation completed jointly by the cooperating teacher and university supervisor indicating the candidate's capacity to perform the professional educators' duties. Additionally, it is to be provided by the candidate to the Licensure Office at Campbell University to be included in documentation to the NC Department of Public Instruction requesting initial licensure.