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Field experience and clinical practice are part of your coursework. You may be placed in schools, health clinics, mentoring programs, and other community settings, or as a tutor. UGA program coordinators or instructors and the Office of Experiential Learning work together with our community partners to arrange placements.

Your skills are strengthened as you progress through these real-world experiences. Often, the process is:

  1. Start with observation experiences
  2. Then progress to practicum experiences
  3. Finish with a clinical practice experience (such as a residency, student teaching, or final internship) during your last semester
    • For future teachers, this means becoming more engaged in classrooms, working with mentor teachers and instructing students in schools.
    • In a healthcare setting, you are mentored by healthcare professionals as you move from observing to serving as, for example, a beginning practitioner or an athletic trainer.

Looking for an overseas teaching experience? Teacher education majors may complete part of their clinical practice semester abroad through the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST) program, but note that you must apply well in advance of your clinical practice semester. Find more information on UGA's program and deadlines.

Service-Learning Experiences

A service-learning experience is a chance for you to become engaged in the community and work with children and youth in a variety of capacities. You may serve as a volunteer, tutor, or mentor in community settings or after-school programs.

Field Experience (Non-Cohort)

You may be required to, or opt to take, certain courses that require field experience that are not included in your professional cohort sequence. Find out more about this type of experience and documentation to submit.

Professional Field and Clinical Experience (Cohorts)

When you are admitted into a professional program, you may submit a single Professional Field and Clinical Application, which includes all the courses in your program that require field placements. Find courses and placement guidelines.

Program Contacts

Program Area Contact Person
Agricultural Education Leah Melnik
Art Education Leah Melnik
Athletic Training Kristi Ogletree
Communication Sciences and Disorders Leah Melnik
Dance Education Leah Melnik
Early Childhood Education Debra Hargrave
Education Foundation Courses: EDUC 2120/EPSY 2130 Kristi Ogletree
English Education Debra Hargrave
ESOL/TESOL Leah Melnik
Gifted Endorsement Anna Hiers
Health and Physical Education Kristi Ogletree
Learning Design and Technology Leah Melnik
Math Education Leah Melnik
Middle School Education Leah Melnik
Music Education Anna Hiers
School Counseling Leah Melnik
Science Education Leah Melnik
Social Studies Education Kristi Ogletree
Special Education Birth-Kindergarten Anna Hiers
Special Education Kristi Ogletree
Workforce Education Debra Hargrave
World Language Education Leah Melnik