Behaviors That Can Result in Termination of Placement

The following behaviors are unacceptable during demonstration teaching (DT) and may result in termination of the placement and ultimate failure of DT. 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 and in the Code
  • 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 host teacher and/or clinical supervisor.
  • 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, including but not limited to using cell phones, email and software applications (including those running on mobile devices) such as websites, blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flicker, YouTube, Wikipedia, Picasa, and Myspace, etc.