Roles and Responsibilities
As a role model, mentor, and coach
As an evaluator
Principal Candidate Expectations
Having completed all core coursework in the program, those learners in the MEd in Educational Administration program only are now designated as Principal Candidates. The internship is the culminating experience in the principal candidate's academic program of study. The internship is an exciting, yet challenging, learning experience that places the principal candidate in unfamiliar situations, affords intellectually stimulating activities, and allows for empirical application of concepts and skills learned. These experiences will be offered through scaffolding that includes observation, participating and actually leading activities.
What is video conferencing?
Video conferencing is the use of multimedia to communicate between two locations through recorded or two-way video.
What criteria are used to evaluate the Principal Candidate?
Each Principal Candidate is formally assessed a minimum of four times throughout the clinical practice experience. If the principal candidate and the supervisor have been assigned to use video conferencing these formal assessments will be conducted through the use of a media. The GCU Faculty Supervisor and Cooperating Teacher work collaboratively to complete formal and informal evaluations throughout the capstone experience. Together, they use the Teacher Candidate Collaborative Evaluation Instrument to evaluate SPA-related content knowledge, professional dispositions and InTASC professional standards.
How will the Faculty Supervisor use video conferencing to evaluate the Principal Candidate?
The Principal Candidate will need to discuss with the supervisor what technological device he/she will be using for video. Together the Principal candidate and faculty supervisor will decide on a day and time for the video evaluation. The supervisor will watch the video in real time or through a recording and perform the evaluation. Many supervisors will hold a pre-observation meeting with the teacher candidate through video, phone or email. Supervisors will also hold a post-observation meeting with the Principal Candidate and the Cooperating Teacher. During this meeting the supervisor and cooperating teacher will jointly decide on your scores and may communicate these with the Principal Candidate. Finally, the supervisor will enter the evaluation into TaskStream.
What are the benefits of video conferencing?
There are many documented benefits of using video for teacher development and reflective practice. The experience of a principal candidate will be supported through video with close communications with the supervisor on a regular basis. The supervisor will support self-reflections and guide reflective practice. Further benefits of video conferencing include but are not limited to the following:
Will the Principal Candidate ever meet the Faculty Supervisor?
If the supervisor is going to be using video conferencing he/she will not need to travel to your site location. However, the supervisor will meet with the Principal Candidate via phone and email. This usually happens either before the start of the student teaching experience or shortly thereafter. The supervisor will communicate regularly with the Principal Candidate via phone, email or video conferencing technology; however will not meet in person.
Will the video be secure?
The Principal Candidate and Faculty Supervisor will ensure that the video is secure and not available to the public. The Faculty Supervisor will be able to assist with this.
Does the Principal Candidate need to collect permission slips?
The Principal Candidate can speak with the cooperating teacher about the process of using video in the classroom. Most likely the Principal Candidate will need to send letters home and collect parent signatures for the video to be performed in class. There is a document in the Student Teacher Handbook for this purpose.
How does the Principal Candidate proceed if his/her school will not allow him/her to use video in the classroom?
If the school is adamantly opposed to the use of video for the evaluations, GCU will arrange to have a supervisor evaluate you in person.
What does this process look like?
Below is a graphic that will help you visualize the video conferencing process.