Host Teacher Responsibilities

Western Governors University Host Teacher Responsibilities


A host teacher is an experienced educator who serves as a mentor who teaches, models, supports, and evaluates the teacher candidate (TC) throughout the demonstration teaching experience. The role of the host teacher is crucial in the education of a teacher candidate as they transition from observer to full-time teacher in the classroom.


Host Teachers (HT) have the following responsibilities:


  • Review information on the WGU HT Training & Support Site (opens new window).
  • Review the WGU Field Experience Handbook (opens new window)
  • Meet with the TC daily to plan, pace, and set clear expectations throughout demonstration teaching. The suggested at-a-glance pacing guide found in the Online Demonstration Teaching Folder (opens new window) can be used as an example. A more detailed pacing guide (opens new window) is also available on the WGU HT Training & Support Site.
  • Seize opportunities to model, teach, and provide opportunities for practice.
  • Give specific positive feedback daily as well as feedback regarding areas for improvement. We recommend keeping a daily log or taking notes on the worksheet copy of the evaluation form to track strengths and areas for improvement throughout the TC’s experience. This will also assist you when completing the midterm and final evaluations.  
  • Meet briefly with the clinical supervisor (CS) before or after each observation to discuss areas of progress or concerns you see day to day. Communication between the HT and CS is key to ensure clear expectations in the mentorship and guidance provided to the TC.
  • Evaluate the demonstrated behaviors witnessed in the classroom by conducting a midterm evaluation and a final evaluation of the TC. In the case of a split placement the first HT completes the midterm, the second HT completes a final. You will receive live links via email to the student specific evaluation forms in the early weeks of the assignment.
  • Review the midterm and final in joint face-to-face meetings with CS and TC.
  • Submit the midterm and final within three days of the joint meeting.  
  • Respond to emails or telephone messages from WGU staff or CS as requested.
  • Address concerns immediately with TC, CS, and the WGU Teacher Success team. CSs are experienced educators who can assist you and the TC during the demonstration teaching experience. The Teacher Success team is also your resource for questions or clarification at 866-889-0132, option 4 or
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