Tyanne Pethel, Director of Field Placements
To confirm placements or for questions regarding the status of a placement request please email the office at email@example.com
Students in education courses including, methods, practicum and student teaching which require a field placement must follow the policies and procedures listed below to be placed in field sites.
Applying for a Criminal Background Check
All GSU students who will engage in any experience in a field-based cite (observations, field experiences, practicum, student teaching) must obtain a criminal background check through Student Check prior to placement. Click here to apply for a criminal background check.Frequently asked questions regarding criminal background checks: click here
If you need to apply for a re-check click here
Applying for Tort Liability
Teacher education and counseling students are required to purchase tort liability prior to placements in field experience courses, practicums, or student teaching. Students will be expected to show proof of coverage to their program coordinators/supervisors prior to beginning in their field placements. Click here for information on how to purchase tort liability.
Tort Liability can be obtained through student membership in professional organizations. For educator preparation students, these organizations include the Georgia Association of Educators and the Professional Association of Georgia Educators; for counseling students these organizations include the American Counseling Association and the American School Counseling Association.
Applying for Placements
Procedures for field placements differ depending on
1. the nature of the field experience (ie. classroom observation, practicum, tutoring, teaching)
2. amount of time in the field (greater than or less than 15 hours)
3. department/degree requirements (faculty approval, faculty assigned sites, student request of placement site)
Students enrolled in courses which require observation experiences totaling 15 hours or less in schools will complete the online application for observation placements.
Prior to completing the online application, students are required to read and review the Georgia Code of Ethics for Educators located at this link: http://www.gapsc.com/Ethics/CodeOfEthics.aspx
The application includes a question where you must certify that you have completed this task. Please do so prior to submitting your observation request. Click here to submit an observation placement request.
Students may complete field-based assignments in public or private school sites.
If the course requires you to complete your observation in a community setting as designated by the course instructors, students do not need to complete the observation application and they can manage their own placement.
Students choosing to complete assignments in a non-public school site should (1) apply for a CBC through Student Check and (2) take a copy of the Student Check CBC report with them to the field site.
Field Experiences, Practicum, and/or Student Teaching Placement Process
Extended field experiences, practicum, and/or student teaching (ie. experiences involving interactions with students, tutoring, or classroom teaching in school settings) will be arranged by the Office of Field Placement and program coordinators in the educator preparation departments of the students’ major fields of study.
Students must successfully complete the prerequisite courses in their program of study with respect to securing a placement.
Each department will give approval for their students to submit a placement request or the department will make the request on the students behalf.
Please check with your program faculty regarding procedures for your program.
Students may not contact a school or school system office or report to a school site until they are notified by their department or the Office of Field Placement of their placement confirmation.
1The Professional Standards Commission was created by the Georgia General Assembly as of July 1, 1991, to assume full responsibility for the certification, preparation, and conduct of certified, licensed, or permitted personnel employed in the public schools of the State of Georgia. The Commission is also responsible for the development and administration of teacher certification testing. The Commission handles the investigation, advisement, monitoring, and due process of cases associated with educator discipline. In 1999, the Georgia Teaching force Center was placed in the Georgia Professional Standards Commission for administration purposes. The Teaching Force Center is one component of the Georgia P-16 Council's Title II Plan for having a Qualified Teacher in every Classroom in Georgia by 2006.
2conviction includes a finding or verdict of guilty, or a plea of nolo contendere, regardless of whether an appeal of the conviction has been sought; a situation where first offender treatment without adjudication of guilt pursuant to the charge was granted; and a situation where an adjudication of guilt or sentence was otherwise withheld or not entered on the charge or the charge was otherwise disposed of in a similar manner in any jurisdiction.