Information for Clinical Teachers


The Clinical Teachers are located in the studio schools will be the mentor and coach for the teacher candidates. The Clinical Teacher should help scaffold the teacher candidate’s ability to plan lessons and to identify evidence of student learning.

The Clinical Teacher should provide constant feedback to the teacher candidates, and the following Clinical Teacher-lead questions can guide the discussions:

  • With regards to your lesson, what do you want the students to know and be able to do as a direct result of your teaching? Do these match your learning goals and/or behavioral objectives?
  • How will you know the students have learned what you intended from the lesson? What documentation or evidence do you have?
  • What instructional strategies will you use to achieve the intended outcome of the lesson? What will you be doing during the lesson? What will your students be doing? How are you intentionally planning for student collaboration? What are your materials?
  • How is the instruction you are planning responsive to support the needs of multilingual learners? Learners with disabilities? Culturally diverse learners?
  • What worked well with your lesson? How do you know?
  • What were the challenges in your lesson?

Clinical Teacher should use these Look-For’s as a guide for mentoring, and discussion points:

  • Teacher candidate is always highly engaged in the class.
  • Teacher candidate knows the names of all students.
  • Teacher candidate interacts with students in a responsive manner as they enter the classroom.
  • Teacher candidate identifies needs of students and implements responsive strategies based on information about these students.
  • Teacher candidate demonstrates a confident and effective teaching presence.
  • Teacher candidate is aware and responsive to behavior in the entire classroom.
  • Teacher candidate waits until students are listening and attentive before giving directions or providing instruction.


The Clinical Teacher will mentor and provide input to educator candidate’s performance, the Clinical Teacher is not responsible for grades or grading. The school will provide the teacher candidates with multiple experiences working with children and youth so that they have opportunity to demonstrate proficiency on all nine of the new DESE MoSPE standards.

Please go to coe.umsl.edu/clinicalteacher to complete an evaluation of your teacher candidate, based on the nine MoSPE Standards by the end of the semester.

Clinical Teacher Evaluation of Candiate

Clinical Teacher Evaluation of Candidate


For daily matters, please see your site liaison, or contact Stephanie Koscielski, Director of Clinical Experience and School Partnerships at koscielskis@umsl.edu.

The College of Education thanks you for your dedication to mentoring the future education leaders!