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.
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 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:
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.