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 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.

Please select the link next to the Semester you are anticipating your field experience to begin in order to access the form that fits your needs. You must be signed in to your Mercer Office 365 account to access the form.

Semester Application
Summer and/or Fall Apply Now
Spring Apply Now

 

GaPSC ID
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 through TOFES. 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 through the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) application form, following the steps below.

  1. Complete the application form.
  2. Get the application form notarized.
  3. Submit the notarized application form, as well as a copy of your driver’s license, to Carlene Sherman, Director of Candidate Program Progression.

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.

Shamela Russell

Shamela Russell

Field Placement Coordinator
russell_sk@mercer.edu

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