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University Supervisors at Mason (Prospective and Current)

Welcome to Mason! University Supervisors have an important role in preparing candidates for a career in teaching. You will not only serve as a role model for your candidates but also as an ambassador for Mason.

University Supervisor Hiring

University Supervisors are hired each semester on a contractual basis. Compensation is based on a per-candidate/credit hour basis and contracts are typically issued during the first week of the academic semester. Before contracts can be issued, the Office of Teacher Preparation must have a current resume, official transcript, and other applicable credentials on file. The School of Education reimburses some travel expenses for CEHD University Supervisors working in the field.

Overview of the Role of a University Supervisor

University supervisors are responsible for conducting formal observations and evaluations of teacher candidates while they are completing their internship in a classroom. Throughout the semester, university supervisors provide constructive feedback, support, and guidance to teacher candidates. They are also responsible for serving as a university liaison and facilitator by communicating with candidates, mentor teachers, and the Mason program they work on behalf of by answering any questions related to program procedures and requirements.

Prior to the beginning of the semester, each academic program conducts a mandatory orientation and training session for university supervisors and teacher candidates.

University Supervisor Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree in education or educational administration;
  • Teacher certification in the subject area of supervision;
  • Minimum of 10 years of instructional experience in the content area (teaching experience may be combined with administrative experience to meet requirement);
  • Familiarity with Blackboard, TK20, or similar educational technology;
  • Availability during the school day in order to conduct in-person evaluations, typically 4-6 visits depending on the program.

The Office of Teacher Preparation invites individuals who are interested in becoming a University Supervisor to learn more about opportunities in the following subject areas:

  • Early Childhood Education, PK-3
  • Early Childhood Special Education
  • Elementary Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Secondary Education, 7-12 (English, History, Math, and Science)
  • Special Education (PDF)

University Supervisor candidates are subject to a screening and approval process. Once hired, a University Supervisor is classified as a GMU adjunct instructor. They are hired by semester on a contractual basis. Travel reimbursements and stipends for each teacher candidate supervised are provided.


University Supervisor compensation rates are based on the number of internship credit hours (per candidate supervised) and highest degree held by the US. The pay scale is subject to change by semester so please contact the Clinical Practice Coordinator, Amanda Davis, if you have any questions regarding compensation.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a University Supervisor, please contact the Clinical Practice Coordinator, Amanda Davis.

Additional Resources for University Supervisors