Clinical Supervisor (CS) Responsibilities

Western Governors University Clinical Supervisor Responsibilities


A clinical supervisor (CS) is an experienced educator who acts as an advisor, observer and assessor during demonstration teaching (DT). You play a crucial role in the guidance and education of a teacher candidate (TC) during this time period. The CS has the following responsibilities:


  • Attend one CS Orientation session before each cohort you are supervising WGU students.  Additional state-specific training may be required. The Teacher Success Team will advise you of any additional training requirements. 
  • Act as a WGU representative at all times. This includes but is not limited to: being a proponent of WGU, acting in a professional manner in all interactions, and keeping in mind that you are a guest in the HT’s classroom.
  • Review Chapter 8 of the WGU Field Experience Handbook and all information found in the CS Training & Support Site.
  • Meet face-to-face with the TC to discuss expectations before DT begins. This “meet and greet” visit should take place in a public place, preferably the assigned school (mileage will be reimbursed).
  • Introduce yourself to the host teacher (HT) and the principal either in person or over the phone prior to the first observation.
  • Maintain communication with the TC, HT and principal throughout DT.
  • Make six separate visits approximately 7-10 days apart to observe the TC. Each visit must last a minimum of 45 minutes and a maximum of 2 hours.
  • Meet with the HT each time you visit to discuss how things are going, analyze the HT/TC relationship, and facilitate communication between the two.
  • Be proactive in solving problems as soon as they arise. Act as a facilitator between the HT and TC. Notify the Teacher Success team of concerns: or 866-889-0132, option 4.   
  • If TC is struggling, you may be asked to administer an intervention plan by working with the Teacher Success team and following the steps outlined in the CS Performance Concerns and Intervention Plans section of the WGU FE Handbook.
  • Hold pre and post observation meetings with TC. Post meetings must be held within 48 hours of the observation.
  • Submit observation and evaluation forms within three days of observation or evaluation.
  • Respond to communication from WGU staff or HT within 24-48 hours.
  • Complete the CS feedback survey you will receive towards the end of the cohort.


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