Characteristics of Clinical Educators
The following lists describe the characteristics of clinical educators who work with University of Delaware student teachers.
- Holds certification in the same area as the certification being sought by the candidate.
- Holds certification at the appropriate developmental level of the pupils consistent with the certification being sought by the candidate.
- Holds at least a bachelor’s degree.
- Taught full-time for at least three years.
- Does not have a personal relationship with the candidate (e.g., neighbor, former student).
- Received at least a Satisfactory rating on all five components of the DPAS-II educator evaluation system or has an equivalent rating on a state, LEA- or private-school approved educator evaluation system in his/her most recent summative evaluation.
- Satisfactorily completed University preparation in candidate mentoring or supervision.
Clinical Educators Demonstrate the Following Teaching Practices
- Uses observations and data to intentionally adapt practices to meet the diverse needs of the learners in his/her classroom.
- Uses instructional practices related to the State Standards and Common Core State Standards.
- Possesses strong classroom management skills.
- Engages in best teaching practices.
- Exhibits an understanding of the content being taught.
- Displays empathy and understanding of the cultural differences of learners in his/her classroom.
- Maintains a central focus on learners’ learning.
- Uses pupil data to frame pedagogical decisions.
Clinical Educators Demonstrate the Following Professional Attributes
- Collaborates with peers in the school community.
- Demonstrates an interest in his/her practice and expanding his/her work, illustrating his/her desire to be a life-long learner.
- Seeks professional development opportunities.
- Demonstrates effective communication skills.
- Expresses interest in mentoring or coaching other adults.
- Follows-through with tasks and attends to details.
Clinical Educators Build a Relationship with the Teacher Candidate Demonstrating:
- An enthusiasm for mentoring the next generation of teachers.
- Openness to new ideas and multiple perspectives on teaching and learning, especially with research-based practices.
- Respect to the candidates as professional colleagues.
- Willingness to share the classroom, stepping in and out of lead instructional roles.
- A positive attitude about the teaching profession.
- Reflection and thoughtfulness about teaching and a willingness and ability to articulate her/his thinking to others.
- Willingness to dedicate the time to plan and debrief after lessons.