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  • FE Application Process

    Before applying for any field experience, you should have already:

    • completed your Admission to Teacher Education application in Tk20 (if applicable, check with your advisor), and
    • purchased your liability insurance. (Please note: this is not your healthcare or car insurance. Coverage can be obtained from SPAGE at www.pagefoundation.org or SGAE at www.gae2.org. If you are completing field experience within a clinical setting, please check with your Program Director for advice on the proper insurance coverage.)

    How to Apply:

    If you have completed all of the above, then you may proceed with the following steps:

    1. Log into Tk20.
    2. Click on the “Applications” tab in the top region of the screen.
    3. Click “Create” on the left side menu.
    4. Select the field experience application that correlates with your specific program and the semester for which you are applying (i.e. Application for Early Childhood Education Field Experience Spring 2014).
    5. Carefully read and complete the application as directed.

      Please note: every field experience application has a selection for the course number for which you are applying, please ensure the correct choice as this is what is used to send your placement request to the placement site. If you do not see your course listed on the application, please contact the Office of Field-Based Preparation (OFBP).

      Also note that any fields with an asterisk (*) are ‘required’ fields and must be completed in order to submit the application.
    6. When you have completed the application, please click “Submit.” You can ensure your application has been successfully submitted by looking on the main “Application” tab screen. You should see your application listed and the “Status” should read, “Review in Progress.”

    What to Expect Next:

    1. Field experience applications will be reviewed by the OFBP and either “Accepted” or “Denied.”
    2. Applications submitted by the priority due date with all steps completed, will be marked “Status: Review Completed” and “Final Result: Accepted” and you will be able to register for the field experience course by the On-time Registration date.
    3. Applications submitted after the priority due date will be reviewed two times per week. If all steps are completed the application will be marked “Status: Review Completed” and “Final Result: Accepted” and you will be able to register for the field experience course within 3 business days.
    4. Announcements for placement confirmations will be emailed from the OFBP approximately mid-July. Please see the website for updated announcements: www.westga.edu/academics/education/ofe.php.

    Help!

    Questions regarding this process, please contact the OFBP at 678-839-5162 | ofe@westga.edu
    Technical problems with Tk20, please contact the Tk20 Administrator at 678-839-6104 | tk20@westga.edu

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    • When in my program will I be completing field experiences?

      Field Experiences vary between programs. Generally undergraduate, field work is arranged for two days per week for the junior year with increasing involvement during the senior year. All field work culminates with the Internship semester, which involves placement in a classroom setting every day for the fifteen-week semester. Graduate field work (practicum) is assigned to specific courses and generally involves the completion of a particular number of hours as specified by the graduate catalog and the course syllabus. See our home page for announcements regarding application due dates and other important information.

    • When do I apply for field experiences?

      See our home page for announcements regarding application due dates and other important information.

    • Can I request a specific site for my field experience?

      Students do not request specific sites for field experiences. Every effort is made to ensure that students see diverse school settings and age groups. The Office of Field Experiences always considers addresses when making placements, but consideration must also be made for any specific major needs, school needs, and faculty driving time.

    • What if my address changes before my field experience begins?

      Notify the Office of Field Based Preparation as soon as possible if your address changes for mailing purposes and for your field experience placement notification.

    • What if my GPA drops below the minimum requirement for my major?

      GPAs are checked at the end of every semester. If your GPA drops below the requirement for your major, you will be removed from Teacher Education and will not be allowed to continue in your major courses until your GPA is raised to the appropriate level.

    • When will I receive information concerning my schedule, what school I report to, etc.?

      Field experiences will always be discussed in classes during the first week of classes. Faculty will discuss with students their responsibilities and will share the specific site information once the semester is in session.

    • Will calling the OFE help me find out my placement before the semester begins?

      No. Several hundred placements are requested each semester and in order to properly insure that the school, the district office, and the College of Education are all aware of placement confirmations, the Office of Field Experiences will not share placements with faculty or students until all placements are confirmed.

    • What if difficulties occur during my field experience?

      If students begin having difficulties in their field experiences, the University Supervisor and the appropriate Department Chair will begin to compile a Professional Development Plan, so that difficulties may be resolved.

    • What if I make a "D" in one of my major courses?

      Students must make a “C” or better in all professional educational courses, teaching field courses (content), and supporting courses (Area F) and are not allowed to complete Internship (student teaching) until those courses are completed with a grade of “C” or better (see Teacher Education Handbook).

    • How many field experience hours do I have to complete during the course of my program?

      Field experiences are completed during the last two years of the candidate's program. Different programs vary the approach and days in the field; however, all programs require significant field experience time in the schools. During this time, field experiences are divided up over the last four semesters of a program. As a Board of Regent's requirement as well as a NCATE expectation, the College of Education documents all field experiences for each candidate who declares Teacher Education as a major (or minor for those receiving Arts and Science degrees) to endure that students complete a variety of experiences across diverse environments.