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.

Placement Notifications

  • Mid-June
    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.
  • Mid-December
    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.

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.

Background Checks

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 β€” and the University community β€” 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

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Additional Resources

Connect with the Office of Experiential Learning

We are happy to answer your questions about experiential learning opportunities at the College of Education.

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