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The Office of Experiential Learning is committed to providing a range of field experiences that prepare our graduates to be impactful educators and professionals in a diverse society. We strive to make the process efficient and organized across all programs. Our team is dedicated to serving the College of Education in the following ways:

  • Developing school and community partnerships and administering clinical-related contracts
  • Arranging field experiences and clinical placements
  • Supporting research projects
  • Offering international student teaching opportunities and supporting other College of Education study abroad programs
  • Providing resources for students to engage as volunteers in the community
  • Providing general support and resources for satisfying the UGA experiential learning requirement
Placements, Student Teaching, and Clinical Practice

Placements, Student Teaching, and Clinical Practice

Field experience and clinical practice are part of your coursework, placing you in schools, health clinics, mentoring programs, and other community settings, or as a tutor.

Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST)

Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST)

Explore international student teaching opportunities that blend coursework with real-world experiences that allow you to also learn about the people and culture of the host country. Drop by our office in suite 612 between 2-5 p.m on Wednesdays to learn more.

Experiential learning

Experiential learning

View the list of approved experiential learning courses activities. The College of Education also accepts any S-suffix service learning course, CURO course, UGA-approved study abroad program courses, or any course or non-credit activity approved by another UGA school or college to satisfy the Experiential Learning Requirement. You may also visit the UGA Office of Experiential Learning for more information on the requirement.

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 and Counselor Education and Supervision 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
Art Education Christina Hanawalt
Dance Education Rebecca Gose
Early Childhood Education Bob Capuozzo
Educational Leadership Karen Bryant
Educational Psychology Scott Ardoin
English Education Sara Kajder
Health and Physical Education Bryan McCullick
Instructional Technology Nancy Knapp
Mathematics Education Amy Ellis
Middle Grades Education Amy Murphy
Music Education Johanna Royo
Professional School Counseling George McMahon
School Nutrition Director Donna Holcomb
Science Education Georgia Hodges
Social Studies Education Sonia Janis
Special Education Kim Viel-Ruma
Speech Language Pathology Sandie Bass-Ringdahl
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Lou Tolosa-Casadont
Workforce Education Joyce Elaine Adams
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

Faculty and Staff

Sarah Beck

  • Field Experience Professional

Anna Durden Hiers

  • Field Experience Professional and COST Coordinator

Taiesha Smith

  • Director

Contact Us

612 Aderhold Hall 110 Carlton Street Athens, Georgia 30602