Placements, Student Teaching, and Clinical Practice
When you are admitted into a professional program, you will begin to receive emails from field experience professionals that will contain tasks that must be completed in order to begin placement. Keep in mind that students are not able to request or make their own placements. In addition, confirmed placements are final.
All communication will be sent to your UGA email. Pre-service certification must also be completed before entering the field.
- List of the courses (opens new window) for each professional program
- Checklist for Certification
Placements for Fall semester announced for field experiences (BLKS 2 and 3) and clinical practice and final internships.
- Two weeks after Drop/Add
Students receive placement confirmations for Block 1 field experiences.
Placements for Spring semester announced for field experiences (BLKS 2 and 3) and clinical practice and final internships.
Cost Analysis of Program Participation
Various costs that students may incur while in teacher education programs in the College of Education are listed below. This list is not complete and subject to change. It is merely meant to give students an idea of costs so that appropriate preparation can be taken. In addition, students should refer to their specific department to determine if there are other costs associated with participation.
Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators (GACE)
SAT score report (opens new window): $70
If you exempt the GACE and your scores are not found in Athena OR your scores are not on your high school transcript or college transcript, you will have to get them directly sent from the College Board to the certification official.
Georgia Educator Ethics
Background checks: $41.25 or $19.80 for a recheck
Some school districts may require students to complete a school district background check. It may or may not have a fee associated. In other instances, depending on the placement, students may have to complete a pre-check background check (opens new window)
- $40 for a one-year subscription
- $59 for a two-year subscription
Note: Foliotek license fees are subject to change.
Mandatory membership in a professional organization during field experience (Tort Liability Insurance):
- $15/year for SPAGE (opens new window)
- $18/year for GAE/NEA (opens new window)
Note: Fees for professional organizations are set by each organization and are subject to change.
- $15/year for SPAGE (opens new window)
Professional clothing for practicum and student teaching
Transportation and gas to placement site
Note: Students can be placed up to AN HOUR away from campus.
Please refer to the pre-service certificate checklist (opens new window) and program completion and certification checklist (opens new window) for more information about the requirements and fees listed above.
Select the right background check.
- Pre-Service Certificate (opens new window)
Apply for this certificate if you are in a teacher-education program.
- Background Check (PreCheck) (opens new window)
This background check is required if you are in a program other than teacher education, or are a teacher-education major who has not been officially admitted into your program. Note: PreCheck background check reports are considered valid for one year from the date of purchase.
- DECAL: Bright From the Start National Fingerprint Background Check
This additional fingerprint check will be needed if you will be placed in an early learning center or prekindergarten program licensed by the Department of Early Care and Learning. You will receive a notice from our office if this background check is required.
FERPA and Tort Forms
Students will now complete all FERPA and Tort forms online. Depending on the course, students may be required to complete FERPA and Tort forms or only a Tort form. Students can expect to receive an email to their UGA email address from the Director of the Office of Experiential Learning that will contain a unique link for each form that is required. This link should not be shared. Students will upload the appropriate forms and sign using an electronic signature.
FERPA allows information about the student to be shared in order to make placements. This form must be renewed annually.
Tort Liability Insurance
College of Education students are required to obtain Professional (Tort) Liability Insurance prior to engaging in a field experience. This insurance covers expenses related to civil suits brought against education students for acts or omissions that occur while at a school. This form is required for students in the College of Education. This form is not required for athletic training majors, who are covered under a group policy through their academic program. Non-COE students enrolled in certain COE courses (EDUC 2120, EPSY 2013, KINS 2420, LLED 5630E/7630E, EDIT 2000, EDIT 4000S, EDIT 4180, & CMSD 4000) may need to complete this form. Insurance coverage usually lasts for a year. However, some organizations offer a two-year policy.
Thank a Mentor
Has a mentor enriched your life or lit a spark that made you excited to be a future educator? Is there a mentor who went the extra mile to support your professional development, served as an exemplary role model, or inspired you to encourage every learner to reach their highest potential? You are invited to let that mentor — and the University community — know about it!
The College of Education's "Thank a Mentor" program gives students and alumni an opportunity to express appreciation for mentors who have guided them during external field-based learning experiences and have affected their lives in profound and meaningful ways.
Examples of external mentors are:
- Mentor teachers for practicum and clinical practice
- Supervising speech-language pathologists
- Supervising counseling professionals in schools, clinics, and hospitals
- FAQs for Students (opens new window)
- FAQs for Mentor Teachers (opens new window)
- Placement Guidelines (opens new window)
- Financial Aid (opens new window)
- Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse
Connect with the Office of Experiential Learning
We are happy to answer your questions about experiential learning opportunities at the College of Education.