DT Introduction

Demonstration Teaching (DT) is the final clinical teaching experience that you must complete to be eligible for WGU to recommend you for licensure or certification upon graduation. This experience provides you with the opportunity to develop and refine your teaching skills in a supportive, real- world classroom environment. DT also provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate the Five Core Propositions as outlined by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) relating to What Teachers Should Know and Be Able to Do (opens new window).


  • Teachers are committed to students and their learning.
  • Teachers know the subjects they teach and how to teach those subjects to students.
  • Teachers are responsible for managing and monitoring student learning.
  • Teachers think systematically about their practice and learn from experience.
  • Teachers are members of learning communities.


During DT you will participate with a group of your peers in a cohort seminar facilitated by an experienced WGU educator. You will have a clinical supervisor to observe you in the classroom and you will work closely with a classroom host teacher. For detailed information on how your demonstration teaching experience will be evaluated, please visit the Observations, Midterm, & Final Evaluation (opens new window) article in this handbook.


The clinical supervisor and host teacher will provide regular, detailed feedback regarding your teaching performance and proficiency in the following WGU teaching competencies:


  • Student Learning: Demonstrate the ability to positively impact student learning through work samples, student artifacts, assessment results, and reflection.


  • Ethical Responsibilities and Teaching Dispositions: Demonstrate ethical responsibilities and appropriate teaching dispositions, including those outlines in the Code (opens new window).


  • Collaboration: Recommend and utilize strategies for effectively collaborating with colleagues, parents, and community professionals to support student development, learning, and well-being.


  • Community Resources: Select community resources that support students’ non-instructional needs in and out of the classroom


  • Academic Language: Recommend and utilize strategies that support the development of academic language for all students.


  • Differentiated Instruction: Recommend and utilize various strategies to differentiate instruction to meet the diverse needs of individual students.


  • Student Engagement: Recommend and utilize effective strategies to maintain high levels of student engagement.


  • Maximizing Instructional Time: Recommend and utilize best practices for classroom management, effective transitions, and pacing to maximize instructional time.


  • Professional Growth: Develop appropriate plans for professional growth in subject matter knowledge and pedagogical skills, including habits and skills of continual inquiry and learning.


  • Reflection: Recommend improvements for instruction and professional practice through personal reflection.


During DT you will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of a school while interacting with students, their parents, the clinical supervisor, the host teacher, and other school personnel. You are expected to encourage academic excellence in the classroom through your ability to implement effective, research-based practices in your teaching. You will be evaluated on the relevance of your required activities, how culturally engaging the activities are, and how successful you are in teaching each student. You will also be evaluated on your ability to think about, analyze, and modify your classroom actions as needed and on your willingness to take risks and experiment with materials and methods that may be new or that may challenge your cultural knowledge.


Note: DT may not be waived or satisfied by professional prior experience. You are required to demonstrate that you have met the competencies of WGU’s program that includes this required field component.