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Opening School, Practicum and Student Teaching Placements

Beginning with the fall 2015 term, all Georgia State University students who are accepted into a teacher education program  and will be completing a field placement must complete the requirements to obtain a Pre-Service Certificate through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission which includes a criminal background check and the ethics module.

Beginning fall 2015 all teacher education programs will require an Opening School experience in addition to practicum and student teaching placements. Opening school experiences vary by program and can include the GSU student spending 1-2 weeks with a mentor teacher during pre-planning and the first week of school. Due to the schedules of the county schools where GSU places students, the opening school experience may occur prior to the start of the GSU fall term. Students should check with their program faculty regarding the specific number of days/hours required for their opening school experience for their program.

Students accepted into teacher education programs, will not be able to begin their fall 2015 field placement(s) until they receive their Pre-Service certificate number from the GaPSC and provide proof to the Office of Field Placements.

To apply for your Pre-Service certificate, go to the GSU certification page and complete the GaPSC form and submit all required materials to the GSU certification officer in the CEHD OAA office on the 3rd floor of the CEHD building, Suite 300.

Extended field experiences, opening school, practicum and/or student teaching (i.e. experiences involving interactions with students, tutoring or classroom teaching in school settings) will be arranged by the Office of Field Placements 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.

It is the responsibility of the student to check with their faculty advisor regarding specific departmental procedures required to request a practicum or student teaching placement.

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 Placements of their placement confirmation.