Teacher Candidate Responsibilities
Many of the responsibilities listed below have been adapted from Augsburg University’s Professional Responsibilities Rubric.
|To the K-12 Students||To the Cooperating Teacher and School||To the Augsburg Course Instructor and the Field Experience Specialist|
|Make explicit the expectation that all students can achieve success
Show a willingness to learn about students’ lived experiences and plan learning experiences that build upon students’ cultural, ethnic, linguistic, (dis)ability, and socio-economic backgrounds
Adapt teaching practice and differentiate instruction to better meet students’ needs
Handle all personal information professionally and confidentially
|Practice consistent, reliable, and timely performance
Communicate any absences in a timely manner
Participate in instructional activities with a positive mindset
Actively seek feedback and opportunities to learn about the complexities of teaching and learning
Analyze lesson plans, student work, or other artifacts to understand the instructional impact
Ask for help when needed
|Model a high standard of professional practice adhering to K-12 school and college policies, procedures, and the Code of Ethics
Communicate in a timely manner
Complete and submit all field experience documentation in Tk20
Complete all field-related course assignments
Cooperating Teacher Responsibilities
|To the K-12 Students||To the Teacher Candidate||To the Augsburg Course Instructor and the Field Experience Specialist|
|Introduce the teacher candidate to the students
Welcome the teacher candidate into the classroom environment and culture
|Introduce the teacher candidate to the school building, faculty, staff, and policies
Model effective instruction
Observe the teacher candidate engaging with students throughout the field experience
Provide feedback to the candidate based on these observations
|Complete and submit all field experience documentation in Tk20
Support cooperating teacher’s completion of all field-related course assignments
Process for Candidate Removal from Field Experience
The information below has been adapted from the policies regarding clinical experience outlined in the Education Department Student Handbook.
Field Experience Placement Termination
During field experience, a teacher candidate’s placement can be terminated if the candidate and/or the cooperating teacher and/or the Field Experience Specialist feel it is necessary. When a candidate’s placement is in jeopardy, several actions are set into motion following the Professional and Academic Support System (PASS) Review Process.
- Stage 1: The Field Experience Specialist discusses the concerns directly with the teacher candidate and seeks to work with the candidate to resolve the difficulties.
- Stage 2: If it is determined that the candidate should be removed from the placement, this will result in a Stage 2 PASS Review. At this level, candidates may be asked, in writing, to modify their behavior, develop a professionalism improvement plan, and/or seek appropriate help. During this review process, it will also be decided if the field hours need to be retaken and if additional remediation is needed.
If it is determined that the teacher candidate should receive another opportunity to complete field experience in a new setting, clear goals are set with the candidate that addresses the concerns raised in the initial placement. If a new placement can be secured and sufficient time remains, the candidate will be able to complete field experience in the same term. When field experience cannot be completed by the end of the term, the candidate receives an X grade and has up to one year to successfully finish the requirement.
- Stage 3: A Stage 3 PASS Review is conducted when concerns have not been resolved in prior reviews; when issues relate to a teacher candidate not meeting the criteria for professional performance; or when the teacher candidate is being considered for withdrawal or discontinuance in the program. A Stage 3 PASS Review may lead to formal disciplinary action and is the last decision-making step in the review process in the Education Department prior to withdrawal from a course, clinical experience placement, or discontinuance in the program.