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Mentor Teachers

With the Patton College of Education's Reimagined Clinical Model, teacher education programming now focuses on providing substantial and qualitative opportunities to practice pedagogy along with teaching of content in clinical settings. With extended clinical experiences, the mentoring provided by school partners within those settings is crucial to the success of our teacher candidates. Recognizing mentor teachers who make significant contributions to our teacher education programming is imperative to maintaining mutual respectful relations. The Patton College of Education shows gratitude to mentor teachers for their selfless contributions to the teaching profession in a variety of different ways.


The Patton College of Education is committed to the success of all learners in P-12 schools. In order to support P-12 teaching and learning, the college has established the following: an alignment between OTES standards and mentor teacher roles; a new compensation model for hosting professional interns; and online professional development opportunities.


The Patton College of Education has developed six online professional development courses to support P-12 teachers who are currently hosting teacher candidates and/or interns in their classrooms, or who plan to do so in the near future. These courses can be taken for course credit at the rate of $130 per credit hour plus fees. Each course runs for 6-7 weeks. They are worth 1 graduate credit hour each which can be used for re-licensure, but NOT towards an Ohio University degree program.

As part of the new Professional Development Compensation Model for Mentor Teachers, P-12 educators who regularly host professional interns through The Patton College of Education are eligible to take these online professional development courses for free. For more details about the programs being offered each semester, please check out Mentor Teacher Courses.

  • PCOE 5901 Ohio's Seven Standards for Teaching
  • PCOE 5902 Supporting Ohio's Continuum of Teacher Development
  • PCOE 5903 Mentoring Teacher Candidates
  • PCOE 5904 Co-Teaching in P-12 Schools
  • PCOE 5905 Internship & Resident Educator Experiences
  • PCOE 5906 Professionalism and Teacher Leadership
  • PCOE 5907 Trauma-Informed Practice
Per Intern After One Course 2nd Course 3rd Course
$300 $375 $450 $550


  • Any mentor teacher who hosts a professional intern may elect to bank graduate tuition fee waivers on behalf of the school district. This compensation choice is selected on the Mentor Teacher confirmation form at the beginning of the semester in which the professional intern is being hosted. This data is housed in the Office of Student Affairs. When a mentor teacher is ready to utilize the tuition waivers, s/he should complete the appropriate form. Should you have questions about the number of tuition waivers you have banked, contact Debra Fanning at fanning@ohio.edu or patton-internships@ohio.edu. Click to view and save the Application for Use of Graduate Fee Waiver for Mentor Teachers Form [PDF] when using fee waivers earned by hosting an early clinical teacher candidate or intern.
  • Each time a mentor teacher hosts a professional intern, and elects to take the monetary compensation on behalf of the school district, two graduate tuition fee waivers are banked by the district. These waivers can be purchased at a reduced rate (50%) for use in taking graduate level coursework. Click to view and save the Application for Use of School District Fee Waiver Form [PDF] when using fee waivers awarded by the district.


The Patton College of Education is committed to teacher education programming that is fully grounded in clinical preparation and practice, and interwoven with academic content and coursework. By immersing teacher candidates in a clinically-based approach to learning, our future educators have extensive opportunities to connect pedagogy with practice, all while under the tutelage of skilled faculty, mentor teachers and university clinical educators. Successful clinical experiences are most effective when all stakeholders are working together as a team. It is important that each member of the team understands his/her role in the clinical model. The following guidebooks have been developed to aid partners in guiding and mentoring Patton College students through successful clinical experiences.