Information for College Supervisors


The college supervisor is responsible for preparing, guiding, and supervising the teacher candidate throughout the student teaching experience and for communicating with the cooperating teacher about the growth, development and success of the student teacher.

A Comprehensive Resource

The Student Teaching Handbook provides a full list of policies, procedures, and expectations.

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Being a College Supervisor

  1. Considers the cooperating teacher as a colleague and partner in the preparation of the developing teacher candidate. Makes an effort to understand the approaches to teaching and learning employed by the cooperating teacher in the classroom;
  2. Provides adequate conference time with the cooperating teacher and the teacher candidate;
  3. Evaluates the work of the teacher candidate jointly with the cooperating teacher;
  4. Informs the cooperating teacher and teacher candidate of specific strengths and weaknesses of the teacher candidate and solicits information from the cooperating teacher in order to address the professional development of the teacher candidate;
  5. Serves as a resource person by providing counseling for individual teacher candidates concerning professional problems and/or personal problems;
  6. Completes and submits a minimum of 3 OPR’s in a timely manner, and shares these reports with the teacher candidate and the cooperating teacher;
  7. Completes the appropriate number of observation and evaluation visits and provides additional visits if requested by the cooperating teacher, building principal, or teacher candidate;
  8. Conducts conferences with the teacher candidate, and the cooperating teacher;
  9. Explains the FSEHD’s Conceptual Framework, the Reflective Practitioner model;
  10. Understands the Rhode Island Professional Teaching Standards and assists the cooperating teacher and teacher candidate in the application of these standards in the development of the Teacher Candidate Work Sample (TCWS).

Student teachers are observed and evaluated by their college supervisor a minimum of three (3) times during each student teaching experience. Student teachers in elementary education/special education, early childhood education/special education, and secondary education/special education are assigned an elementary education, early childhood education or secondary education college supervisor, and a special education college supervisor. In instances when two different supervisors supervise a student in two placements (for example, elementary/middle level), each supervisor will observe and evaluate a minimum of three (3) times.

Student teachers with two assignments may be supervised by the same college supervisor or by two different supervisors. The same college supervisor observes and evaluates student teachers with two (2) placements in the following areas: art education, elementary/middle education, health education, music education, physical education and secondary/middle education. The college supervisor observes a minimum of three times during each of these placements.

A conference between the college supervisor, cooperating teacher and the student teacher occurs following each observation (RI-ICEE). If individual schedules and teaching responsibilities do not permit a conference after the observation, a meeting is scheduled at a time convenient for all.

Auto Travel Reimbursement Form

College supervisors may submit for mileage reimbursement at the end of each semester​ in which they are supervising student teachers. Mileage reimbursement must be submitted within ninety days of travel.

  1. complete the Auto Travel Reimbursement Form
  2. have your department chair sign the form
  3. email the form to
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Office of Partnerships and Placements​

The Office of Partnerships and Placements is responsible for coordinating, monitoring, supporting, and assessing student teaching placements in districts across the state.