Cooperating Teacher Resources & Information

Mission Statement of the Boyce College Teacher Education Program

The mission of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is to be totally committed to the Bible as the Word of God, to the Great Commission as our mandate, and to be a servant of the churches of the Southern Baptist Convention by training, educating, and preparing ministers of the gospel for more faithful service. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, under the governance of its Board of Trustees, conducts its programs in an environment of spiritual nurture with a vision for the development of Christian leaders.

All aspects of the Boyce College teacher preparation unit, the course work, the field experiences, and the clinical experiences, are designed to develop these qualities with the goal of developing teachers as servant-leaders.

Conceptual Framework of the Boyce College Teacher Education Program:

To evaluate the necessary qualities of a servant-leader, the three major areas of knowledge, skills, and dispositions form the Boyce College EPP Conceptual Framework. We believe each of these areas are the major goals of the unit, course work, and clinical experience, and research supports the interactive nature of these areas in the development of teachers as servant-leaders.

The four dispositions of the EPP that we believe are crucial to the development of a teacher as a servant-leader are professionalism, service, collaboration, and teacher as a reflective practitioner.

More information about the Teacher Education Conceptual Framework can be found here.

Requirements for Cooperating Teachers

As stated in 16 KAR 5:040, the cooperating teacher, whether serving in a public or nonpublic school, shall have:

  • a valid teaching certificate or license for each grade and subject taught
  • at least three years of teaching experience as a certified educator

Cooperating Teacher Qualities – The district and educator preparation program shall select teachers to be cooperating teachers who demonstrate the following:

  • effective classroom management techniques that promote an environment conducive to learning
    best practices for the delivery of instruction
  • mastery of the content knowledge or subject matter being taught
  • aptitude and ability to contribute to the mentoring and development of a pre-service educator
    usage of multiple forms of assessment to inform instruction
  • creation of learning communities that value and build upon students’ diverse backgrounds

Training for All Cooperating Teachers:

All cooperating teachers are required to complete the following training prior to the start date of the assigned clinical experience placement:

Receive and read through all paperwork sent to them by the Clinical Experience and Placements Coordinator regarding their placement and the online reporting system, LiveText.

Attend a Zoom call training hosted by the Clinical Experience and Placements Coordinator to discuss placement expectations and all paperwork that must be completed by the teacher candidate and the cooperating teacher.

Watch the brief Clinical Experience Overview video by EPP faculty member, Dr. Barry Gibson.

If you are the cooperating teacher for Clinical Experience I placements, please complete the Cooperating Teacher Training Confirmation Form.

If you are the cooperating teacher for a Clinical Experience II (student teaching) placement, please complete the Co-Teaching Training explained below.

Co-Teaching Training (for supervising teachers only)

Per state regulation 16 KAR 5:040 Section 2 (5), all supervising teachers of student teachers must complete the three (3) part Co-Teaching Online Training prior to the student teacher’s arrival into their classroom.

Co-Teaching Defined

“Co-Teaching is when two educators Co-Plan, Co-Instruct, and Co-Assess a group of students with diverse needs in the same general education classroom.”

Information on the new cooperating teacher requirements (16 KAR 5:040) can be found on the Kentucky Department of Education website. Using the links below, please complete Parts A, B, and C of the online Co-Teaching training.

  • Part A: Basic responsibilities of a cooperating teacher supervisor (iDrive Digital)
  • Part B: Best practice in supporting a student teacher (Online Training)
  • Part C: Effective assessment of the student teacher (Boyce College Cooperating Teacher Handbook)

If you have any difficulties completing this training, please contact our Teacher Education Program coordinator at

Once all general training and co-teaching training has been completed, please complete the Clinical Experience II: Cooperating Teacher Training Confirmation Form.

Rubrics & Resources

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns with LiveText reporting, assessments, or contacting your teacher candidate, you can contact the Clinical Experience and Placements Coordinator, Sandy Carwile, using the contact information below:

If you have concerns regarding your teacher candidate and how they are carrying themselves in the classroom, you can contact Dr. Melissa Tucker, program chair, using the contact information below: