College Supervisor Expectations

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The college supervisor is the liaison between the teacher candidate and School-based Teacher Educator (SBTE), and is the Department of Education and Human Development’s representative in the schools.


College Supervisors play a critical role in a student's Field Experience. The first is the opportunity to link pedagogy with practice; as teacher candidates combine their field experience with their college coursework. The second benefit is to help the student develop a relationship with teachers. These relationships help teacher candidates make sense of what it means to be a teacher while helping The College at Brockport establish partnership sites for placements of future teacher candidates.

The college supervisor is a faculty member from the College involved in teaching a course in the phase for which the field experience is required. The college supervisor communicates throughout the semester with teacher candidates. The purpose of these interactions is to link field experience with pedagogical issues related to the course and to respond to teacher candidates’ questions and concerns about the field experience as they arise.

The college supervisor communicates with the school-based teacher educator (SBTE) at least three times during the semester. The first contact covers expectations for the teacher candidate while they are in the field. The college supervisor utilizes this communication and the field experience evaluation as a component of the final grade for the course. The college supervisor will collect the teacher candidates’ time logs and review them to determine if course expectations for field experience have been met.

Student Teaching

The relationship among the candidate, SBTE and college supervisor matters greatly in providing a student teaching experience that is paramount to the developing professional needs and skills of the candidate. The following are expectations and requirements for the college supervisors.

  • Become familiar with the goals and expectations of student teaching by reading our online material and working closely with the teacher candidate and SBTE.
  • Be a professional role model by modeling sound pedagogy and teaching practices, and establishing and following through on the requirements and standards set for candidates and SBTEs.
  • Establish and maintain regular communication with the candidate,SBTE, and Field Experience Office by:
    • Using your college email address when corresponding with the SBTE, teacher candidate and the college. Consider providing the teacher candidate and SBTE your home phone and/or cell phone number.
    • Contact the SBTE no later than the end of the first week of the placement.
    • Read the weekly Field Experience Office Newsletter which is emailed to faculty, staff, and all teacher candidates in the EHD program.
    • Wearing your college supervisor name badge when visiting the school. If you need a name badge, please contact the Department of Education and Human Development at (585) 395-2205.
  • Provide and fully complete all required information needed by the College in order to begin and maintain employment.
  • Formally observe the teacher candidate at least four times during the student teaching placement. This is typically done once each month and invitations to observe specific lessons or activities are welcome. With each lesson observed, be sure to provide both verbal and written feedback to the candidate, keeping a written copy for your own records.
  • Assessments: It is required that an online student teaching assessment be completed by the SBTE and college supervisor at the mid-point and end of the placement. These assessments should be reviewed with the teacher candidate at both points of the placement. After consultation with the SBTE, the college supervisor is responsible for assigning student teaching grades at both the mid and end of the placement. The Global Assessment of Candidate Performance or GACP provides an assessment of the candidate relative to program evaluation.
  • College Supervisor Evaluation: At the end of the semester, each candidate is required to provide a confidential assessment of the college supervisor through an online process. Before the start of the following semester, this information is shared with the supervisor for professional development and continuous improvement.
  • Mileage Reimbursement: College supervisors are reimbursed for mileage at the NYS Per Diem rate.  Please use the mileage reimbursement form and submit it to the department of Education and Human Development's Secretary.
  • Problems: Most student teaching experiences are positive for the teacher candidate, the school-based teacher educator, and the college supervisor. Refer to our Remediation Policy from more information or our Who to Contact webpage for who to contact for specific issues. We will work collaboratively to resolve the problem and bring about a solution that upholds the standards of the profession, the requirements of department, PEU, NYSED and CAEP, and the needs of the candidate and the school. 
  • Referring SBTEs/Protocol for Placements: Referral of SBTEs for future placements is a critical and much-appreciated component of the placement process. With these referrals, the Field Experience Office will request placements based on each district’s protocol.
  • Student Teaching Professional Development Conferences and Seminars: All teacher candidates will attend a weekly two-hour seminar that is offered on a regular basis throughout the semester. All new college supervisors are requested to attend the edTPA professional development and Classroom Management training.
    • All teacher candidates must attend a weekly two-hour seminar that is offered on a regular basis throughout the semester. Reminders about these professional development offerings will be sent via email to teacher candidates and college supervisors.
  • Student Teaching Conferences: Prior to the start, and at the mid-point of each semester, the Department of Education and Human Development works with the Field Experience Office to coordinate a conference for student teaching candidates, which covers topics such as:
    • Student teaching orientation and preparation
    • Job searching pursuing higher education
    • edTPA professional development
    • Classroom management, certification

All candidates are required to attend the conferences unless otherwise determined by the Director of Partnership Development and Field Experience.

Last Updated 2/19/21