Supervision Resources and Other Information


Observation Requirements and Forms

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has established minimum requirements for student teaching observations:

  • Observed by the university supervisor at least four times throughout the semester.
  • Each observation visit must be at least one hour in duration.
  • Written evaluations of each observation must be completed and included in the student's permanent file. Completed forms should be submitted to program coordinators at the end of the semester. These forms should be considered supplemental to preferred instruments that may be in use in specific program areas.
  • At least two three-way conferences involving the student teacher, cooperating teacher, and university supervisor must be held during the semester.

These requirements governing student teaching observation visits should be considered minimum expectations. The number of university supervisor visits may vary according to student teacher need and program expectations. It is recommended that the cooperating teacher participate in as many of the post-observation conferences as time will allow.

Generic observation forms are available in PDF format as well as an example for Supervisor Evaluation Art and a mid term evaluation used for MCEA Special Education Dual Certification. Observation forms developed by former UW-Madison supervisor Barbara Bales are also available in MS-Word format.

Madison Metropolitan School District ID Badge Information

The Madison Metropolitan School District hosts hundreds of practicum students, student teachers, and fieldwork interns in ​their schools each year. ​They know pre-service teachers and professionals play an integral role in supporting a great experience for all MMSD learners. To help ensure the safety and security of their students, they require all full-time student teachers to visit Human Resources prior to the start of their student teaching semester for fingerprinting (for a background check) and ID badge issuance. In general, most school visitors (non-employees) should only require a Visitor Pass and will not need a printed ID badge. However, there may be instances where a school determines other categories of regular visitors (for example, practicum students, interns, student observers, volunteers, college/university supervisors, etc.) should be issued an MMSD ID badge. 

At elementary schools, school secretaries may submit an ID badge request at At secondary schools, the secretary may print an ID Badge on site.

The Human Resources Office for the Madison Metropolitan School district is located in Room 133, at the Doyle Administration Building, 545 West Dayton Street. The office is open between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on school days.  MMSD will notify full-time student teachers on how to proceed with arranging an appointment to complete the necessary steps prior to the beginning of placement.  For more information, please visit Pre-Service Teaching with MMSD

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