Field and Clinical Education
Resources for Collaborating Teachers
Because the USF College of Education believes in situating the learning of our teacher candidates in the context of real schools and real teachers, we rely heavily on our collaborating teachers, professional practice partners, and clinical instructors to provide authentic teaching and learning experiences for our students.
Thank you for your interest and hard work in mentoring the next generation of educators. We could not do our work without you.
BECOMING A COLLABORATING TEACHER
We are looking for the highest caliber collaborating teachers to host and support our teacher candidates in the field to produce the highest caliber next generation of educators possible.
Below are minimum criteria for hosting a final USF intern in your classroom:
- Three or more years successful teaching experience
- Certification in the area the intern is pursuing (i.e., English 6-12 certification for an English Education major pursuing English 6-12 certification)
- Completion of Clinical Educator Training
- Principal recommendation as effective or highly effective
- A desire to mentor adult learners and some understanding of Adult Learning Theory
- Additional criteria may be desired from specific preparation programs
If you are interested in becoming a collaborating teacher, reach out to your district professional development or human resources office, or contact the Director of Field and Clinical Education for more information.
TUITION WAIVER FOR COLLABORATING TEACHERS
Collaborating teachers may request a tuition waiver for supervising pre-interns (a student who is engaged in required early field experience prior to their final internship) and/or final interns (a student who is enrolled in their final internship).
Collaborating teachers should submit tuition waiver requests at least three (3) weeks prior to the first day of the semester in which they plan to use the waiver. Please visit the USF academic calendar for information on semester start dates.
resources FOR COLLABORATING TEACHERS
Each program will provide resources to collaborating teachers hosting interns for their specific program. The College of Education Final Internship Handbook provides an overview of internships with some information specific to your role. Other resources available to you may include:
- Program-specific handbooks, guidelines, syllabi
- Information on this website
- Updates to your Clinical Educator Training and other professional development
- Access to a Canvas course with documents and resources
- Assignment of a university supervisor to support you and your intern (for most programs)
- Program coordinators