Behaviors That Can Result in Termination of Placement

Poor performance or failure to follow standards of professionalism and the Code (opens new window) may result in an intervention or disciplinary action that could include termination of demonstration teaching, removal from the program, or expulsion from the University. If concerns arise that you cannot resolve with your clinical supervisor or your host teacher, contact your program mentor and the Teacher Success team at for support.


WGU reserves the right to terminate a demonstration teaching placement if WGU, the school, or the district determines that the teacher candidate demonstrates unacceptable professional performance or conduct, or that the teacher candidate is unable to sustain an adequate level of learning for the students in their classroom.


The host teacher, school, or district reserves the right to terminate the demonstration teaching placement at their discretion if they believe it is in the best interest of their students. When WGU becomes aware of a problem, the Teacher Success team will contact you by phone and email to notify you of the issue. Depending on the severity of the problem and the desires of the host teacher and school principal, you may either be given the opportunity for immediate improvement or you may be withdrawn and fail demonstration teaching. Read Removal from a Cohort: Administrative Withdrawal (opens new window) for additional information.


The following behaviors are unacceptable during demonstration teaching and may result in termination of the placement and failure of demonstration teaching. The teacher candidate:


  • Fails to comply with attendance requirements; often arrives late or leaves early; does not remember to notify host teacher, school, and clinical supervisor when absent or late; and must be reminded to (or fails to) provide substitute/host teacher with instructional materials for missed class time.
  • Fails to assume and perform responsibilities such as lunchroom, playground, bus duties, or changing/preparing the school environment (materials prep for lessons, bulletin boards, clean-up following activities, etc.) without prompting and reminders.
  • Violates the policies and requirements set forth in the WGU Student Handbook (opens new window) and in the Code (opens new window).
  • Engages in any behavior that gives the clinical supervisor reason to doubt the teacher candidate’s ability to transition into the education profession.
  • Must be asked and reminded to prepare and submit lesson plans in a timely fashion for approval by the clinical supervisor and/or host teacher.
  • Fails to show initiative; does not put forth effort to enrich classroom learning beyond regular textbook or workbook exercises; does not create candidate-prepared materials without prompting; and does not personalize instruction to enhance student learning.
  • Rejects or does not attend to suggestions and ideas for improvement from the clinical supervisor or host teacher; makes excuses and is defensive about constructive feedback on their performance.
  • Is not reliable and makes self-serving and unprofessional decisions.
  • Fails to create suitable rapport with students in light of their developmental levels and/or needs.
  • Uses inappropriate classroom language that demeans students, ethnicities, or genders, or slanders a student’s or colleague’s personal character.
  • Fails to initiate and sustain appropriate professional and personal relationships with teachers, clinical supervisor, administrators, school staff, parents, students, or other adults.
  • Fails to exhibit professionalism in appearance or behavior; has questionable hygiene and/or dress; uses inappropriate or profane language.
  • Violates WGU and/or cooperating school policy on drugs and/or alcohol possession on school property or permits drug or alcohol use to affect their work capability in the school workplace.
  • Participates in inappropriate, unprofessional, or irresponsible exchanges using electronic communications or social media.