Position Summary –
A clinical supervisor (CS) is an experienced educator who acts as an advisor, observer and evaluator during the demonstration teaching (DT) experience. S/he provides guidance, support, onsite assistance, and feedback to teacher candidates (TC) during their DT timeframe. CSs are the face and voice of WGU; they support and maintain communication with school personnel as they complete observations and evaluations of the TC in the field. CSs are a key component in fostering positive partnerships with schools and districts.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
Attends CS Orientation sessions before each cohort supervising WGU students.
Attends any additional state-specific training required for each cohort supervising WGU students. The Field Experience Team will advise CSs of any additional training requirements.
Acts as a WGU representative at all times. This includes but is not limited to being a proponent of WGU, acting in a professional manner in all interactions, and keeping in mind that CSs are guests in the HT’s classroom.
Meets face-to-face with the TC to discuss expectations before DT begins. This “meet and greet” visit should take place in a public place, preferably the assigned school (mileage will be reimbursed).
Introduces self to the host teacher (HT) and the principal either in person or over the phone prior to the first observation.
Maintains communication with the TC, HT and principal throughout DT.
Makes six separate visits approximately 7-10 days apart to observe the TC. Each visit must last a minimum of 45 minutes and a maximum of 2 hours.
Meets with the HT each visit to discuss how things are progressing, analyzes the HT/TC relationship, and facilitates communication between the two.
Proactively solves problems as soon as they arise by acting as a facilitator between the HT and TC, and notifying the Field Experience team of concerns.
Administers an intervention plan if a TC is struggling by working with the Field Experiences team and following the steps outlined in the C S Performance Concerns and Intervention Plans section of the WGU FE Handbook.
Holds pre and post observation meetings with TC. CSs must hold post meetings within 48 hours of the observation.
Submits the online forms within three days of the observation or evaluation.
Responds to communication from WGU staff, Principal, HT or TC within 24-48 hours.
Completes the CS feedback survey sent towards the end of the cohort.
Required Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in the field of education.
A minimum of five years of experience in teaching or school administration.
Current or previous administrator certification and/or a teaching license in the content area of supervision (if supervising secondary teacher candidates in specific content areas).
Experience teaching and/or supervising in the content area of supervision while using knowledge of current best practices from the field of education.
Demonstrates strong written and verbal communication skills.
Navigates concerns and draws conclusions in complex situations to make decisions effectively.
Possesses strong interpersonal skills and collaborates effectively and diplomatically with all stakeholders.
Collects and organizes student’s information in order to submit the online forms accurately with keen attention to detail.
Access to a computer with email and Internet connection for corresponding with teacher candidates, WGU staff, and for completing on-line observation forms.
Must have access to reliable transportation for in-person observations.
Ability to complete a background clearance if required by the school district.
Master’s degree in the field of education.
Experience in mentoring adult learners and/or teacher candidates.
Knowledge of WGU’s mission and current best practices in the teacher preparation field.
The Field Experiences department may approve technologically proficient CSs WGU to conduct observations remotely utilizing WGU’s sanctioned interactive online observation viewing system.
Special Position Requirements
Travel required for in-person observations of each student (up to 100 miles roundtrip).
WGU clinical supervisors are expected to demonstrate and model the dispositions and ethical consideration expected of WGU teacher candidates as follows:
Caring and considerate
Affirming of diversity and cross-culturally competent
A reflective practitioner
Equitable and fair
Committed to the belief that all students can learn
Along with these competencies, WGU also expects the following:
Urgency: We respond to and act on all challenges in a timely manner. We are efficient and careful with our time.
Ownership: We act on behalf of the university and care for students as if they were family. We think long term, and we take accountability for our actions and responsibilities. We operate at all levels. We never say, “That’s not my job.”
Student Obsession: Everything we do and every decision we make start with our students. We keep our mission core to all our decisions and never lose sight of the end goal. Every day we strive to live up to the WGU Promise.
Earn Trust: We genuinely listen, speak directly, and treat others with respect. We are sincerely open-minded and examine even our strongest convictions with humility. We know we must earn our reputation every day.
Integrity: We do what is right even when no one is watching. This is the basis of our character and is foundational to how we interact with all people. WGU demands uncompromised integrity from everyone in all interactions and responsibilities.
Problem Solving Skills: Investigates appropriate resources and involves partners when appropriate; future-oriented; assesses what will help/hinder achieving goals; focuses on what is important.
Interpersonal Skills: Deals with others in a considerate, respectful, and unbiased manner; approaches conflict proactively; solicits and shares feedback openly; listens with empathy and maintains composure.
Accuracy: Completes the observation and evaluation forms with attention to detail and precision.
Adaptability: Course corrects behaviors and communication style to meet the needs of a wide range of situations; tackles obstacles appropriately; is comfortable with ambiguity.
Reliability: Accountable to others; does what it takes to get the job done; actions are consistent with words; follows through on commitments; exhibits exceptional integrity.
Attitude: Displays commitment to the organization and to personal growth; self-motivated and able to motivate and inspire others; asserts self appropriately to champion ideas; tells the truth in a direct and constructive manner.
Initiative: Self-directs with a strong bias for action; leads the way in improvement of performance or processes; displays keen interest in students and organization.