Approximately one to two weeks prior to the start of DT, you will be assigned to a cohort seminar. An experienced cohort facilitator will lead the seminar. The seminar consists of required weekly group phone and web conference meetings with your peers, and journal reflections. The seminar provides you with a forum in which you can discuss issues, problem-solve specific classroom situations, and celebrate your successes. You will share research and ideas concerning current issues in education and respond to each other’s classroom experiences and reflections. In addition, you will have an opportunity to explore topics such as positive impact on student learning, ethical responsibilities and teaching dispositions, collaboration, community resources, academic language, differentiated instruction, student engagement, professional growth, and reflection.
The cohort seminar is offered only twice per year – starting in August (Fall Cohort) or in January (Spring Cohort).
During demonstration teaching and cohort seminar, students will complete a teacher performance assessment – either the edTPA or the Teacher Work Sample (TWS). For students completing either of these teacher performance assessments, the cohort seminar lasts for 10 to 12 weeks, depending on the program the student is enrolled. Students enrolled in programs for general education and completing either the edTPA or TWS will attend 10 weeks of cohort seminar. Student enrolled in special education programs will attend 12 weeks of cohort seminar. All students can continue to meet individually with their cohort facilitator for additional support on the edTPA or TWS.
The timing of the cohort seminar may not coincide exactly with your classroom start and end dates.
Note: WGU students from the same family may not participate in the same cohort seminar assignment.