Resources for Cooperating Teachers

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Cooperating Teachers (CTs) are highly-qualified educators who welcome teacher education candidates into their classrooms to provide opportunities for observation, planning, and co-teaching. A CT's mentorship is essential to the success of the field experience.

Getting Started Video

Clock Hours

All CTs earn supervisory clock hours under OSPI guidelines and WAC 181-85-033(3). CTs earn 10 continuing education clock hours per term for hosting a candidate and may earn no more than 30 during a calendar year. Under state law, 10 continuing education clock hours equals 1 higher education credit. Please contact for clock hour forms. Submit your completed form to your district HR office at the end of the internship.

CTs can also earn clock hours by completing the optional one-time Mentoring Student Teachers course. Email for details.


CTs receive honorariums for hosting WWU interns. In order to pay an honorarium, CTs must complete A19 and W9 forms and submit them to OFE. Honorariums are paid at the end of the internship.

  • The UIC generally provides the CT with the honorarium forms
  • Do not include an SS# IF there is a Western ID # listed (W0000000)
      • In the Vendor or Claimant box: legal name and home mailing address;
      • Below the Vendor or Claimant  box: your social security number; and
      • Sign on the line next to BY below the description of the Vendor's Certificate.
      • Legal name and home mailing address.
      • Social Security Number.
      • Sign at the bottom of the form.

Thank you for your interest in hosting a student teacher from Western Washington University. You may request a student by contacting