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Clinical Supervisors  

The clinical Supervisor is one-third of a triad, which also includes the university faculty and the cooperating teacher. Your expertise in the field of education and your willingness to share this expertise with our teacher candidates is invaluable to the success of our teacher candidates.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJAC 6A:9A-3.3) requires that a clinical supervisor:

• Has had experience supervising, consulting or otherwise working in an elementary/secondary school in contact with classroom teachers within the previous two years; and
• Has demonstrated expertise in the field in which he or she is supervising.

In addition, Seton Hall University requires that a clinical supervisor:

• Has earned a master's degree or acquired equivalent job experience;
• Has a minimum of three years of teaching and/or administrative experience; and
• Has previously worked as either a cooperating teacher or as an administrator with supervisory experience.

Seton Hall's expectations of your role as a clinical supervisor include:

• Attendance at mandatory training sessions;
• Attendance at convocation to meet with candidates prior to the first observation;
• Contact in person, by phone or email with the Office of Clinical Experiences and Applied Research to receive updates about our program;
• Timely sharing of evaluations with teacher candidates and timely submission of evaluations via the College's online evaluation system; and
• Early notification sent to the Director of the Office of Clinical Experiences and Applied Research of any challenges faced by the teacher candidate.

School District expectations of your role as a clinical supervisor include:

• Contacting cooperating teachers prior to your scheduled arrival;
• Introducing yourself to the principal or key building administrator on your first visit to the school;
• Assisting the cooperating teacher in understanding the developmental process of our teacher preparation program and your role as clinical supervisor; and
• Conferring with the cooperating teacher and the teacher candidate about the teacher candidate's work and progress; conducting group conferences with the teacher candidate and cooperating teacher, as appropriate.

The teacher candidate's expectations of your role as a clinical supervisor include:

• Working with the teacher candidate to design a supervision schedule and informing the teacher candidate and cooperating teacher of planned visits;
• Observing the teacher candidate and evaluating performance using the appropriate evaluation forms; providing concrete, specific feedback regarding learning and instruction; and assisting the teacher candidate in locating instructional resources;
• Providing specific suggestions and feedback about strategies for creating a positive classroom environment;
• Sharing your knowledge about classroom management and sharing constructive feedback about the teacher candidate's developing skills in this area;
• Sharing information on and feedback about how to acknowledge differences in the classroom and how to modify lessons to include all learners;
• Reviewing the teacher candidate's use of assessments and providing constructive feedback about them;
• Providing concrete approaches about collaboration with colleagues and families;
• Assisting the cooperating teacher in understanding the developmental process of the teacher preparation program and your role as supervisor;
• Conferring with cooperating teacher, relative to the teacher candidate's work and progress; conducting group conferences with the teacher candidate and cooperating teacher, as appropriate; and
• Timely sharing of evaluations with teacher candidates and timely submission of written evaluations to the College's online evaluation system;

Our university supervision model is based upon models of clinical supervision designed to set specific learning goals for teacher candidates and to assess progress using a variety of observation techniques.

Clinical supervisors can access all required information, forms, processes and policies in the Clinical Placement Handbook. There is a section dedicated specifically to Cooperating Teachers. The Handbook can be accessed here

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