The Office of Field Services offers several opportunities for mentor teacher professional development (orientations and courses in mentoring topics). These opportunities are designed to enhance mentor teachers’ classroom teaching and to provide them with useful tools and strategies for mentoring teacher candidates. Teachers who have proven over time that they have exceptional mentoring skills can achieve the designation of “Classroom Teacher Educator,” or CTE. CTEs perform many of the same functions as university supervisors by conducting more formal observations and reviewing students’ written work and working closely with a university supervisor to guide their interns’ learning. CTEs are responsible for the summative evaluation of the intern’s progress. CTEs may also serve as resources for other mentor teachers in the building. CTEs are compensated at a higher rate to recognize their increased skills and responsibilities.
Becoming a CTE
- Mentors must serve as a mentor teacher for at least three Cleveland State University practicum or student teaching interns, and receive consistently positive reviews from intern and supervisor evaluations. Poor ratings from one person must be negated by positive ratings from at least two other people.
- Mentors must demonstrate a commitment to professional development by pursuing advanced degrees in teaching, participating in mentor orientations and mentor professional development offerings such as Pathwise training and OFS mentoring courses.
- Mentors must demonstrate active involvement in the CSU teacher education program, submitting all written materials complete and in a timely fashion and working closely with university supervisors.
- The Office of Field Services will identify potential CTEs by reviewing the pool of mentor teachers each year with respect to steps 1, 2, and 3. Site coordinators or university liaisons may suggest specific mentor teachers to review as potential CTEs.
- The Office of Field Services will contact the principals of identified potential CTEs for their recommendation. If the principal recommends the teacher as a potential CTE, that mentor teacher becomes a “CTE candidate.”
- CTE candidates must take at least 3 credits of mentoring professional development courses offered through the Office of Field Services and complete these courses with a B or higher.
- CTE candidates must complete Pathwise Mentor Level Training.
- Once CTE candidates have completed steps 6 and 7, they must take a final CTE Workshop to learn about all the paperwork requirements and processes that are specific to the work of Classroom Teacher Educators. Once they complete this workshop successfully, they earn the designation of Classroom Teacher Educator for a three-year term.
- Three years after awarding CTE status to a mentor teacher, OFS will review the performance of the CTE. In particular, OFS will review the following:
- Willingness to continue accepting CSU interns and methods students
- Consistently positive reviews from intern and supervisor evaluations
- Active involvement in the CSU teacher education program, especially timely submission of all written materials and cooperation with university supervisors