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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Partner with us

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.


Explore your upcoming requirements


Apply for your upcoming field experience

Each semester, students apply for the upcoming semester’s field experience through the Application links below. This application process helps ensure that you will be placed into a setting that helps complete your required field experiences. Please note, you are not guaranteed your first choice in placement; however, our team will work with you following your submission to ensure you get what you need for this process.

We are currently not accepting applications for upcoming field experiences. When the applications become available, they will be listed below.


Your GaPSC ID will be obtained during the Teacher Candidacy admissions process when you create your MyPSC account.

Tort Liability
Teacher candidates are required to obtain tort liability coverage and provide proof of coverage when applying for field experiences. To obtain this insurance, students may join the Georgia Association of Educators (GAE), Professional Association of Georgia Educators (PAGE), or another professional organization that provides coverage, or seek private coverage.

Pre-Service Certificate
Prior to starting field experience, teacher candidates seeking initial teacher certification must apply and receive approval for a pre-service certificate from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) office. See information below:


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.

Office Hours

Atlanta Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday

Macon Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

Phone: 678.547.6302

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