State requirements determine the minimum length of the demonstration teaching placement for teacher candidates, but the clinical supervisor (CS) or host teacher (HT) may determine that the teacher candidate needs more time in a placement. For instance, the CS or HT may observe that the teacher candidate does not yet exhibit the kind of professional behavior expected of a teacher, they consistently use ineffective teaching methods, or fail to follow school policy (Behaviors That Can Result in Termination of Placement (opens new window)). Such situations may require an extension of time in a classroom or even a formal intervention plan.
As the CS or HT, if you have concerns, please contact the Teacher Success team immediately to discuss the concerns and seek assistance in devising a plan to best meet the teacher candidate’s needs. The teacher success coordinator will talk with you about the concerns and, if appropriate, send you an intervention plan template to complete. If the candidate does not demonstrate improvement within the speciﬁed period of time outlined in the intervention plan, the CS, HT, and the WGU Teacher Success team will need to determine whether it is necessary to remove the candidate from DT. The Teacher Success team must approve any placement extensions and intervention plans before you discuss them with the teacher candidate.
If you have serious concerns about any aspect of the candidate’s professional behavior or performance, please coordinate with the clinical supervisor or host teacher and contact the Teacher Success team at email@example.com or call (866) 889-0132, option 4.