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.


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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
Summer and/or Fall February 1–28*
Spring September 1–20
*Please note the February application window is for summer and/or fall field experience courses. Please read the application directions carefully to guarantee participation.
**Only pre-practicum field experiences are offered during the summer semester.



Attend field experience orientation to be prepared

All teacher candidates are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to each field experience. Please be aware that field experience dates may differ from University dates. For any questions about field placement experience orientations, contact the Office of Field Placement at or 678.547.6302.

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


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 T. Doss

Director of Field Placement


Denise Elam

Field Placement Coordinator

Office Hours

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

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