Co-Teaching Resources



Co-Teaching is defined as two or more adults simultaneously instructing a heterogeneous group of students in a coordinated fashion.

Why Co-Teaching

As co-teachers - a general and a special education teacher will plan lessons and teach content together to a class of special and general education students. Your co-teaching will support academic diversity in the general classroom and provide all students with access to the county and state curriculum.  Co-teaching fosters the following:

  • Provides specialized instruction
  • Increased options for flexible grouping of students
  • Enhanced collaboration opportunities for the teachers
  • Another professional to help problem solve
  • Flexibility to try things you could not achieve alone
  • Collaboration in classroom and lesson preparation
  • Sharing of classroom management
  • Diversity and size of today's classrooms
    • Reduce student/teacher ratio
    • Increase instructional options for all students
    • Diversity of instructional styles
    • Greater student engagement time
    • Greater student participation levels


West Virginia Department of Education Co-Teaching Resources

Clicking on the link above will take you to the West Virginia Department of Education's Co-Teaching resource page. Below you will find an introduction to Co-teaching Fact sheet and the Foundations manual.




The Academy for Co-Teaching & Collaboration

Clicking on the link above will take you to St. Cloud State University's Academy for Co-Teaching and Collaboration. WV has developed a strong relationship with the Co-Teaching Academy.

What is co-teaching?

Co-teaching is defined as two teachers working together with groups of students and sharing the planning, organization, delivery and assessment of instruction and physical space.

What co-teaching is NOT

  • Simply dividing the tasks and responsibilities among two people.
  • For example, co-teaching is NOT:
    • One person teaching one subject followed by another who teaches a different subject
    • One person teaching one subject while another person prepares instructional materials at the Xerox machine or corrects student papers in the teachers’ lounge
    • One person teaching while the other sits and watches
    • When one person’s ideas prevail regarding what will be taught and how it will be taught
    • Someone is simply assigned to act as a tutor