Field Placement

Immerse yourself in the classroom

To prepare students for success in their future classrooms, Mercer’s Tift College of Education equips students with field experiences in local schools. Throughout the teacher preparation program, students complete a variety of field experiences, including the pre-practicum, practicum, and student teaching or internship.

Field experiences are coordinated through the Office of Field Placement. During field experiences, teacher candidates are immersed in diverse classroom settings to observe current teachers, participate in classroom activities, and gain experience in teaching. Additional fees will be assessed for each field experience course.

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Learn more about partnering with us to become a University supervisor, and read more details and guidelines for cooperating teachers.

Contact us

Contact the Office of Field Placement if you have any questions about the application process, field experience requirements, and more.

COURSES

Explore your upcoming requirements

APPLICATION

Apply for your upcoming field experience

Each semester, students apply for the upcoming semester’s field experience through the Tift Online Field Experience System (TOFES). TOFES is a clinical experience management system that houses secure resources for teacher candidates, faculty, the University Supervisor, and cooperating teachers.

Semester Application Period
Fall February 1–20*
Spring September 1–20
Summer** February 1–20*
*Students who are applying for a summer semester field experience and a fall semester field experience during the February 1–20 application period will need to submit two applications.
**Only pre-practicum field experiences are offered during the summer semester.

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ORIENTATION

Attend field experience orientation to be prepared

All teacher candidates are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to each field experience. View the list below for orientation dates and details. For any questions about field placement experience orientations, contact Kristin Doss, Director of Field Placement, at doss_kt@mercer.edu or 678.547.6331.

NOTE: Each orientation session will be held virtually and occurs for all four locations.

CONTACT US

Office of Field Placement

The Office of Field Placement serves students at all Mercer locations, including Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, and Macon. Contact us to talk through your field experience requirements, plans, and questions.

Kristin-Doss

Kristin T. Doss

Director of Field Placement
doss_kt@mercer.edu
678.547.6331

Denise-Elam

Denise Elam

Field Placement Coordinator
elam_da@mercer.edu
678.547.6302

Office Hours

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday (appointment only): 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Email: tiftfieldplacement@mercer.edu
Phone: 678.547.6302
Fax: 678.547.8600

Mercer University
Tift College of Education
Office of Field Placement
P.O. Box 2140
McDonough, GA 30253-1730