The purposes for observations and evaluations of the candidate include these goals:
  •  to assist in improving the candidate’s teaching,
  •  to help the candidate master skills of self-analysis/self-evaluation,
  •  to assess instructional and professional competence.
The use of standardized forms helps to ensure professional discourse, provides the candidate with consistent feedback on his/her progress, and systematically records concerns and progress.
Frequent contact provides frequent encouragement, constructive criticism, and recognition of success. Frequent contact also allows early recognition of weaknesses and provides for specific suggestions for improvement before a situation becomes serious.
Conferences are an integral part of the observation and evaluation processes. To the greatest extent possible the candidate, mentor and university supervisor form a team working to assist the candidate in becoming an effective teacher.

Forms Used:

  • Professional Characteristic Feedback form – supervisors, mentors, instructors – at regular intervals throughout the internship
  • Initial Conference Checklist by supervisor at first 3-way conference 
  • Observation Form – by mentor and supervisor
  • Fall:  complete one in September, one in October, one in November/December (minimum of 3 times during the fall semester)
  • Spring:  complete one in January, one in February, two in March, one in April/May (minimum 5 times during spring semester) 
  • Content Observation Form – by candidate, mentor, and supervisor – on going throughout internship
  • Progress Checks
    • Fall Semester Mid-Term – 3-­way conference by candidate, mentor, & supervisor
    • Spring Semester Mid-Term – 3-­way conference by candidate, mentor, & supervisor
  • Candidate Field Experience Assessment
    • mid-year – by conference among candidate, mentor, and supervisor
    • final - by mentor and supervisor
  • Unit Assessment – Initial and Final – by supervisor during spring semester
  • Final Assessment Checklist by supervisor before licensure recommendation

Course Grade: At the end of each semester of field experience, the candidate receives a grade of “pass” or “fail.” The candidate, mentor, and supervisor base grades upon observations and evaluations. The Secondary Program team determines final grades.