Education and Human Development

Trainings and resources for cooperating teachers

Trainings keep you, our mentor teachers, up to date with easily-implemented and relevant teaching methods to mentor your UMN teacher candidate.

Required training

If you have not already done so, please complete these required trainings.

    The Teaching Handbook is a comprehensive resource for teacher candidates, cooperating teachers, and clinical supervisors. In the Handbook, the section title “Clinical Experiences” may be the most useful.

    This Adult Coaching course is approved by PELSB. This training is required to be completed once and has reciprocity with all of the institutions of higher education across Minnesota.

    This training was created by Education Minnesota staff in partnership with the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE). Please see the two options available below for completing this training. You will need your MN teaching license file folder number for either of these options.

    Option 1 - For CTs that are members of Education Minnesota: The adult learning strategies training is available for free on the Education Minnesota website. If you need assistance logging onto MEA in order to take the Adult Coaching Strategies course, please go to MEA ONLINE to request assistance.

    Option 2- For CTs that are not members of Education Minnesota: The adult coaching strategies training will be offered on Qualtrics through MACTE. CT's can access the course at the MACTE website.

    The Office of Teacher Education offers online co-teaching workshops, which are a part of the Mentoring and Teacher Candidates Using Co-Teaching series. Contact OTE if interested in face-to-face workshops.

    1. Co-teaching foundations (1.5 - 2 hours to complete)
      This is the first workshop in a two-part series. You will learn the fundamentals of the Co-Teaching model, including the research behind the model and strategies for using it in classroom.
    2. Co-teaching pairs (2 - 2.5 hours to complete)
      This workshop is the second in the series. This session must be completed online with the cooperating teacher and teacher candidate. It reviews information from the first session and has the participants develop a plan for using the co-teaching model in the classroom.

    The Cooperating Teacher Orientation video is a quick overview of clinical information, assessments, and responsibilities of a cooperating teacher. We want to welcome you and thank you for supporting future educators.

    The Introduction to edTPA for Cooperating Teachers video provides a brief introduction to the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA), a national assessment required by the state of Minnesota for all teacher candidates seeking licensure.

    The Remote Instruction in K-12 Contexts site provides an introduction to what remote instruction looks like in K-12 contexts — including foundational ideas of online learning, building relationships and community, activities and assessments, family roles, and support systems for teachers.