In-classroom experience is invaluable to the development of a highly qualified teacher. That’s why every WGU teaching program that leads to licensure requires a student teaching component. We call it Demonstration Teaching.
The Demonstration Teaching (DT) domain is a full-time, supervised, in-classroom experience of 12-20 weeks. The exact details of your Demonstration Teaching will be determined by the school district in which you are placed to teach. Demonstration Teaching prepares you to tackle the challenges of your own classroom effectively and with confidence. It’s an ideal venue in which to integrate the academic knowledge and teaching skills developed to that point in your program.
During Demonstration Teaching, you will be hosted by an experienced teacher. You will undergo a series of at least six observations by a Clinical Supervisor. Your Clinical Supervisor and host teacher will also complete the midterm and final evaluations, and evaluate your student teaching performance based on accepted professional standards.
To be eligible to complete the Demonstration Teaching (DT) domain at WGU, you must be a valid U.S. resident currently residing in the United States. This is a requirement for placement within school districts. (Exceptions are allowed only for Department of Defense-sponsored active military personnel stationed abroad.) To learn more about the entire process for becoming a licensed teacher, click here.
For more information about Demonstration Teaching, you are invited to contact the Office of Field Placement at WGU or speak to your Enrollment Counselor.