Office of Field Placements and Certification
The Office of Field Placements and Certification is responsible for working with the college’s educator preparation programs to arrange field experiences, practicum and/or student teaching experiences.
Prior to acceptance into a teacher education program, students enrolled in courses which require observation experiences in a school setting (EDUC 2110) 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 (EDUC 2120/2130) as designated by the course instructors, students do not need to submit an observation application to the Office of Field Placements and Certification and may manage their own placement request. Students may receive a list of available sites from their faculty or they can also use the Georgia State Office of Civic Engagement to search for opportunities.
Prior to completing any observation for any Georgia State class students must:
1. Obtain a criminal background check through the university-approved vendor prior to placement.
**If you are requesting a placement in Dekalb County Schools, do not complete the Georgia State cbc. Once your school has been assigned you will be sent instructions from the Office of Field Placements and Certification regarding how to obtain the county’s cbc which costs $50.
2. Obtain tort liability.
*Students must complete the criminal background check (Georgia State or Dekalb) and submit proof via email to firstname.lastname@example.org of tort liability coverage prior to being given their placement site for their course (EDUC 2110.)
Each student will have their own placement – paired placements are not required.
Students may complete field-based assignments in public or private school sites (unless otherwise directed by Georgia State faculty).
Students who arrange their own field placement in a community setting for EDUC 2120 and EDUC 2130 should:
- Apply for a criminal background check through the approved Georgia State vendor.
- Take a copy of the report with them to the site.
- Take proof of liability coverage with them to the site.
Deadline is Jan. 31, 2020.
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 Certification 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 and Certification of their placement confirmation.
Students accepted into teacher education programs will not be able to begin their field placement(s) until they receive their pre-service certificate number from the GaPSC and provide proof to the College of Education & Human Development’s Office of Field Placements and Certification. To apply for your pre-service certificate, go to the college’s certification requirements page and follow the instructions.
Opening School Experience
All teacher education programs require an opening school experience in addition to practicum and student teaching placements. Opening school experiences vary by program and can include the Georgia State student spending one to two weeks with a mentor teacher during pre-planning and the first week of school.
Due to the schedules of the county schools where the university places students, the opening school experience may occur prior to the start of the Georgia State’s 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.
Become a University Supervisor
University supervisors are carefully selected, as their role is critical in the professional development and success of the teacher candidate. Recommended qualifications include:
- Retired educator or administrator with a minimum of three years’ classroom experience in their chosen field
- Knowledge of current state and program requirements, including standards, best practices, classroom management and mentoring
If you are interested in becoming a university supervisor for Georgia State, submit a cover letter and your current resume to the Office of Field Placements and Certification at email@example.com and we will forward your information to the program faculty, who will contact candidates as the need arises.
Become a University Mentor
Mentor teachers are currently-certified teachers who allow Georgia State student interns to complete their field placements in their classrooms during the fall and/or spring semester. Mentor teachers are a valued member of the education community, as they are expected to assist in shaping future educators.
Recommended qualifications include:
- Current certified teacher employed and teaching in their own classroom.
- Minimum three years of teaching experience.
- Willingness to mentor, collaborate with and assist a pre-service teacher as they assume additional responsibilities in the classroom
If you are interested in becoming a mentor teacher for Georgia State, send an email stating your interest to the Office of Field Placements and Certification at firstname.lastname@example.org with your current teaching position (school, county and content field) and your contact information. We will forward your information to the appropriate Georgia State program faculty.
ALL TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM ACCEPTED STUDENTS — DO NOT COMPLETE THIS CBC — you will receive information about procedures required for your Pre-Service Certificate which includes a criminal background check that will be completed by the Ga Professional Standards Commission.
Georgia State students who are completing a classroom observation for an EDUC course including experiences at a social organization are required to complete a criminal background check.
Students in EDUC 2110 who are being placed by the Georgia State Office of Field Placement and Certification, must complete the cbc through Student Check/Pre-Check.
If you are requesting a placement in Dekalb County, you will be required to complete their cbc at a cost of $50. Do not complete the Georgia State cbc. You will receive instructions from the Office of Field Placements and Certification once your school has been assigned with instructions to obtain the county’s cbc.
- Students who will be arranging their own placements in a social organization should check with the organization regarding their own cbc processes. All students completing a placement in EDUC 2120 and 2130 are required to complete a cbc. If not the one from the placement site itself, then they are required to use Pre Check and can print a copy of their cbc to have with them.
- Background checks are conducted by PreCheck, Inc., a firm specializing in background checks. Your order must be placed online through StudentCheck.
- A background check typically takes three to five normal business days to complete.
- If you need assistance while placing your online order, please contact PreCheck at StudentCheck@PreCheck.com. If you need additional assistance, contact the Georgia State Office of Field Placements and Certification, College of Education & Human Development building, Suite 300 or email email@example.com.
- If you are required to be placed in a Day Care facility for your program, you will be required to complete a criminal background check through DECAL at an additional charge. Please follow the instructions located in section marked DECAL background check instructions on this page.
- You can also download the DECAL application.
First, go to https://candidate.precheck.com/StudentCheck. Navigate to the “School and Program” drop-down menu and choose the following:
- If you’re an undergraduate student, select “Georgia State University-Education-Undergraduates”
- If you’re a student in the B.I.S. degree program, select “General”
- If you’re a graduate student, select “Georgia State University-Education-Graduates”
Complete all required fields and hit “Continue” to enter your payment information. The $49.50 payment can be made securely online with a credit or debit card. You may also pay by mail via money order, but that will result in a delay of processing your background check until the money order is received by mail at the PreCheck office.
For your records, you will be provided a receipt and a confirmation page of your background check order placed through PreCheck, Inc.
PreCheck will not use your information for any other purposes other than a background check. Your credit will not be investigated and your name will not be given out to any businesses.
I selected the wrong school, program or need to correct some other information entered. What do I do?
Email StudentCheck@PreCheck.com with the details.
Do I get a copy of the report?
Yes. Log into www.mystudentcheck.com, click “here,” and enter your social security number and date of birth. If your report is complete, you may click on the application number to download and print a copy. This feature is good for 90 days after submittal. After 90 days, you will be charged $14.95 for a copy of your report and will need to contact PreCheck directly to request this.
I am an international student and therefore I do not have a Social Security number. How can I complete the background check?
I have been contacted by my college to provide clarification regarding information on my report and that I should contact PreCheck. Where should I call?
Call PreCheck’s Adverse Action hotline at 800-203-1654. Adverse Action is the procedure established by the Fair Credit Reporting Act that allows you to see the report and to dispute anything reported.
In order to be allowed to visit a Bright From the Start daycare facility you are required to complete the fingerprinting and background check process. The fee is $51.00. As a Student-In-Training, your check is
portable and has a two year validity period.
The steps are:
- Register with Cogent online
- Go to Fingerprinting facility
- Complete paper application, a copy of the fingerprinting confirmation, and your registration number and turn all of these items into the Georgia State Office of Field Placements and Certification for processing
– you can scan the copies or drop them off in person – Send scanned copies to firstname.lastname@example.org. To drop off copies our office is located on the 3rd floor in suite 300 of the College of Education & Human Development building.
- You will receive your confirmation page from DECAL via email which you will take to your assigned facility.