2451 Student Teacher Supervisor-English


TITLE Student Teacher Supervisor-English





MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Arts & Letters


The Student Teacher Supervisor-English is responsible for instructing and supervising student teachers during their practical clinical work in an appropriate school setting and providing a written evaluation of student teacher’s performances. In addition, the Student Teacher Supervisor-English regularly counsels student teachers, visits them in their clinical experience site, observes and evaluates their performance, confers with the cooperating teacher(s), debriefs after forums and/or seminars, and serves as a liaison between the University and the area schools. The Student Teacher Supervisor-English oversees the review and approval of the completion of the professional portfolio.


Education: A Master's degree and a valid teaching certificate in English Education are required.

Experience: At least three years of teaching experience is required, with experience teaching English at the high school level.

Skills: Demonstrated supervisory, organizational, and management skills are required. Excellent interpersonal skills, in particular the ability to work with students and faculty, are required. Strong verbal and written communication skills are required. Computer literacy is preferred. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: A valid Missouri driver’s license is required.


1. Teaches and reviews best practices, provides feedback essential to student teacher development, provides evaluation during student teaching clinical experiences regarding teaching abilities, and encourages incorporation of forum and/or seminar information into classroom instruction, interpersonal skills, communication skills, classroom management, lesson development, planning and organizing lessons, teaching methodologies, and similar elements by observing and evaluating student teachers' performances in appropriate classroom settings, discussing the content of those evaluations with the student teachers, recommending and/or teaching methods or alternatives for improving deficient areas, mentoring student teachers and engendering a professional attitude for the teaching profession, and providing written evaluations for inclusion in course grading.

2. Provides a comprehensive evaluation of student teachers during student teaching clinical experiences by meeting with teachers cooperating in the student teacher's clinical experiences, discussing the observed performances and behaviors of the student teacher, collaborating on recommendations to improve deficient areas, which include relevant comments and observations from the cooperating teachers in written evaluations and providing electronic evaluation information for the cooperating teacher’s input and inclusion in course grading.

3. Assesses and addresses (when necessary) the personal attributes, maturity, professional attributes, and dispositions of student teachers by determining and evaluating their ability to demonstrate tolerance, cooperation, enthusiasm, flexibility under stress, composure, resourcefulness, and similar professional traits.

4. Promotes a positive image of the University and the College of Arts and Letters to area teachers and school administrators by serving as a liaison between the College and the assigned school districts and maintaining open lines of communication with those various school administrators in order to provide assistance and support.

5. Participates as a full member of the University community by serving on student teaching committees and/or teaching academy planning sessions and seminars, attending such committee meetings as scheduled, facilitating student teaching forums/seminars, and assisting students with the final phase of professional preparation portfolios.

7. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

8. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional relationships with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the supervisor.

9. As part of the full time supervisory responsibilities, the supervisor contributes to the overall success of the College of Arts and Letters by facilitating student teaching forums, serving as a portfolio advisor and evaluator of the student teacher’s “professional Preparation Portfolio,” advising undergraduate students, and performing other duties as assigned.


The Student Teacher Supervisor-English is supervised by the Department Head, English.