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When you are admitted into a professional program, you may submit a single professional field and clinical application, which may be used for all the courses in your program that require field placements. All communication will be sent to your UGA email. Pre-service certification must also be completed before entering the field. See a list of these courses for each professional program. In addition, view the Checklist for Certification to become familiar with the requirements.

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.

How To Complete the Professional Field and Clinical Application

  1. Choose and complete the appropriate background check for your program (Pre-Service Certificate, PreCheck, or DECAL).
  2. Print, complete, and scan into a PDF the both the FERPA and Professional Tort Liability Insurance forms. You will be expected to upload these into the application.
  3. Complete the online form. Note the entire application must be completed in one sitting.

Are you ready? Fill out the application

Background Checks

Select the Right Background Check

  • Pre-Service Certificate Apply for this certificate if you are in a teacher-education program.

  • Background Check (PreCheck) 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 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 notice from the Office of Student Services if this background check is required.

FERPA and Tort Forms

  • FERPA
    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 not required by athletic training majors, who are covered under a group policy through the academic program. This form is only required for students in the College of Education. Non-COE students do not need to complete this form.

Guide for Clinical Practice

Program Contacts

Program Area Contact Person
Agricultural Education Anna Hiers
Art Education Anna Hiers
Athletic Training Taiesha Smith
Communication Sciences and Disorders Anna Hiers
Dance Education Sarah Beck
Early Childhood Education Sarah Beck
English Education Anna Hiers
ESOL/TESOL Anna Hiers
Gifted Endorsement Taiesha Smith
Health and Physical Education Anna Hiers
Learning Design and Technology Taiesha Smith
Math Education Sarah Beck
Middle School Education Taiesha Smith
Music Education Anna Hiers
School Counseling Taiesha Smith
Science Education Sarah Beck
Social Studies Education Taiesha Smith
Special Education Birth-Kindergarten Taiesha Smith
Special Education Taiesha Smith
Workforce Education Anna Hiers
World Language Education Anna Hiers

Program Coordinators

Program Coordinator
Agriculture Education Eric Rubenstein
Art Education Lynn Sanders-Bustle
Communication Sciences and Disorders Sandie Bass-Ringdahl
Dance Education Rebecca Gose
Early Childhood Education Bob Capuozzo
English Education Sara Kajder
Health and Physical Education Bryan McCullick
Mathematics Education AnnaMarie Conner
Middle Grades Education Gayle Andrews
Music Education Brian Wesolowski
Science Education Julie Kittleson
Social Studies Education Sonia Janis
Special Education Bethany Hamilton-Jones
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Lou Tolosa-Casadont
Workforce Education Elaine Adams
Workforce Education - Family and Consumer Science Education
World Language Education Lou Tolosa-Casadont

Office of Academic Programs Contacts

Questions about: Contact:
Accreditation Stacey Neuharth-Pritchett
Assessment Anne McDonald
Certification Kate Character
edTPA Anne McDonald
Foliotek Shayla Lee
GACE Krista Vanderpool
Placements Taiesha Smith
Student Services Justin Burnley
Teacher Candidate Evaluations Coordinators

Connect with the Office of Experiential Learning

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

Office of Experiential Learning