Information for Cooperating Teachers

Dear cooperating teachers: The School of Teacher Education sincerely appreciates your willingness to take part in preparation of the new generation of teachers. UNC places high expectations on its teacher candidates to be supportive, helpful, collaborative and punctual to aid in the cooperating teacher’s classroom environment and school.

Cooperating teacher qualifications are:

  • Valid Colorado license in the area of teacher candidate training OR
    • submit evidence of demonstrated successful teaching and knowledge of specific content using this form.
  • For student teaching or comparable final field experience: At least three(3) full years of full time professional experience in the area of teacher candidate training or four (4) full years for non-licensed teachers. All other supervision such as practicum requires 2 years of experience.
  • Building principal or District approval; recognition as a master teacher or educational professional.

Cooperating teacher expectations vary across the programs; please check with program coordinators. Common expectations:

  • Meet with UNC faculty supervisor at the beginning or before the field experience.
  • Mentor teacher candidates, observe their teaching and provide constructive, detailed feedback.
  • Complete, sign, and turn in evaluation forms and other documentation (see appropriate handbooks).
  • Immediately contact UNC supervisor or program coordinator if you have concerns about candidate's professional dispositions.

Forms and information

Field Assessment Form

The Field Assessment Form (FAF) is used to evaluate Elementary and Early Childhood Teacher Candidates at various times during their field experience (see specific handbooks for details). The form can be copied from the handbook or be downloaded here.

Credit for supervision

All UNC cooperating teachers may choose to receive graduate credit for supervising teacher candidates OR a stipend payment. Please see individual program handbook for amounts.

Due to new Federal compliance policies, in order to receive graduate credit, you must complete THIS FORM by the deadline listed. ** PLEASE NOTE: YOU MUST USE THE FORM AT THE ABOVE LINK - ANY OLD FORMS RECEIVED WILL BE RETURNED TO YOU ALONG WITH A NEW FORM AND THE PROCESS WILL BE DELAYED! Logs are no longer required. If a request for credit is not received by the deadline, you will automatically receive paperwork to process the stipend payment at the end of the semester. We are sorry, however LATE CREDIT REQUESTS CANNOT BE HONORED.

Stipend payments for hosting a practicum candidate are paid directly to the school and it is at the discretion of the principal to distribute the stipend.

  • If you hosted a teacher candidate for 16 weeks, 5 days a week student teaching, mark the 2 credits on the form
  • If you hosted a teacher candidate for one of the following experiences, mark 1 credit on the form:
    • STEP 363 Secondary, 2 days a week
    • EDEL 445 Literacy Practicum, 2 days a week
    • EDEL 602, MAT: Elementary Education Practicum, 2 days a week
    • EDFE 554 Secondary Postbaccalaureate Practicum
    • Art, Music, PE Student Teaching for 8 weeks only, 5 days a week


You may also use mentoring experiences for Colorado Department of Education licensure renewal credit. Please contact Lynette Kerrigan if you wish to receive a verification form to send to CDE for your licensure renewal.

Cooperating Teacher Resources

Books and Online Resources for Mentoring and Coaching Beginning Teachers


  1. Mentoring Beginning Teachers: Guiding, Reflecting, Coaching  
    by Jean Boreen , Mary K. Johnson , Donna Niday , Joe Potts ($18.50 Amazon), Stenhouse Publishers (February 2000) ISBN-10: 1571103090
  2. Mentoring Across Boundaries: Helping Beginning Teachers Succeed in Challenging Situations by Jean Boreen, Donna Niday, and Mary K. Johnson (Paperback - Nov. 2003)
    ($18.50-Amazon), 214 pages  Stenhouse Publishers (November 2003) ISBN-10: 1571103775
  3. Being an Effective Mentor: How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed by Kathleen Feeney Jonson
    ($33.95 Amazon) 224 pages Corwin Press; 2nd edition (April 17, 2008) ISBN-10: 1412940621
  4. A Better Beginning: Supporting and Mentoring New Teachers
    by Marge Scherer (Editor) ($25.95) 244 pages  Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD) (November 1, 1999)
    ISBN-10: 0871203553  
  5. How to Help Beginning Teachers Succeed, 2nd Edition by Stephen P. Gordon , Susan Maxey, Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development (ASCD); 2nd edition (September 2000) ISBN-10: 0871203820

Online Resources: Mentoring and Coaching Beginning Teachers

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