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Classroom Observations

Prior to acceptance into a teacher education program, students enrolled in courses which require observation experiences in a school setting will complete the online application for observation placements. The deadline for requests is stated below.

Please note:  If the course requires the student to complete an observation in a community setting as designated by the course instructors, students do not need to submit an observation application to the Office of Field Placements and may manage their own placement request.

Prior to completing the online application, students must:

  • Obtain a criminal background check through the university-approved vendor prior to placement. Read the instructions on applying for a criminal background check.

The application includes a question where the student must certify that they have completed the criminal background check. Please complete this item prior to submitting the observation request.

The Spring 2017 application will open on January 16 and close on January 30.

Submit an observation placement request 

Students may complete field-based assignments in public or private school sites (unless otherwise directed by Georgia State faculty).

Students choosing to complete their field placement in a non-public school site should:

  • Apply for a criminal background check through the approved Georgia State vendor.
  • Take a copy of the report with them to the site.