Stakeholder Agreements

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.