November 15, 2017

* Teacher Certification Seminars – Fall 2017 Semester *

This message is for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in student teaching or internship this Fall 2017 semester. Please review the dates below and mark the appropriate date on your calendar.


Campus Locations


Building and Room Information

12/8/2017 (Fri.)


10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Stetson Hall - Room 152

12/9/2017 (Sat.)


10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

TCOE Bldg. - BE 007

12/11/2017 (Mon)


10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Henry Campus - Room 127

12/12/2017 (Tues)


10:00 a.m.  – 12:00 p.m.

Douglas Campus - Room 136


It is important for you to inform your cooperating teacher and university supervisor that you will be attending the teacher certification seminar on the designated date above. This day will count as an excused absence for you.

For Internship Students Only: If you cannot attend this certification seminar, please email me at so that I can send you a certification packet with instructions. You will receive this certification packet during the week of Dec. 17, 2017 to Dec 22, 2017.

See Important Information Below:

  • During the seminar, I will explain the Georgia Professional Standards Commission office certification process and requirements. If you have not completed your edTPA portfolio, GACE Content Assessment and Georgia Educator Ethics – Program Exit tests yet, you are still required to attend this certification seminar.
  • Make sure you bring the following items to the certification seminar so that you can complete your GAPSC: Verification of Lawful Presence form. See below:

                        * A black pen

                        * An unexpired driver’s license, identification card, military identification card, or passport

  • Please request official transcripts from all of the previous colleges that you have attended since your high school graduation. You will need to contact the registrar’s office for each college you previously attended so that they can send your official transcript to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission office. See address below:

Georgia Professional Standards Commission
Certification Division
200 Piedmont Ave. SE
Suite 1702
Atlanta, GA  30334-9032

The Mercer University registrar’s office cannot release previous college transcripts that you submitted to us for admission because these transcripts must remain in your student file.

  • Certification Only and Internship students -- If you are currently teaching on a non-renewable certificate, the Georgia Professional Standards Commission office may already have your previous official college transcripts. Please go to and review your account file.
  • In regards to your Mercer University transcript, go to this link after your grades and degree has been posted to get your official transcript sent to the Georgia Professional Standards office electronically. There is a small fee for this process.

If you have any questions about this upcoming certification seminar, please contact me at or 478-301-2575.

November 15, 2017

Dear Candidate:

Thank you for your participation in the Doodle poll(s) for the Fall 2017 Macon and Atlanta edTPA Submission Support seminars.

Based on majority availability, the Atlanta seminar will take place on Friday, November 17 from 5–6pm. The Macon seminar will be on Monday, December 4 at 11:00 am. Room information will be posted soon.

These seminars will be available in both face-to-face and WebEx formats; please let me know if you require a WebEx invitation.

November 9, 2017

Attention Teacher Candidates,

The Office of Field Placement has posted calendars for Spring Field Experience Orientations and edTPA support seminars. Students may attend any Orientation offered for their registered experience. Please note that Orientation attendance is mandatory and failure to attend Orientation for a field experience will prevent a student from participating.  Make sure that you plan ahead.

If you have questions, feel free to contact the Office of Field Placement. See you at Orientation!

November 3, 2017


Many of you may be attempting to complete Spring Semester registration at this time and are receiving error messages when trying to register for your field experience courses.  Please be advised that only the Office of Field Placement will be able to register students for field experience courses.  We will post a message via ListServ when registration is complete.  Once we complete registration for your field experience course, you may then contact your advisor to add any additional co-requisites or curriculum course(s) that you may need. 

It is not necessary to contact the Office of Field Placement and request that we register you for your field experience course (EDUC 102B/EDUC 202B/EDUC 313B/EDEC 486/EDEC 492/EDUC 398/EDUC399/EDUC485/EDUC 488/EDUC 492/EDUC 498/EMAT 601/EMAT 608/EMAT 609/ EMAT 611/EMAT 612). We will complete this process for all students who have applied during the application period and who are deemed eligible to participate in a field experience for the upcoming Semester.

November 1, 2017

Attention Spring 2018 Practicum and Student Teachers,

Career Services will be hosting a Teacher Recruitment Fair on Thursday, February 8, 2018, Atlanta Campus, AACC building. Students participating in the fair will need to register for the event in Handshake and upload your teacher resume template for review. Resumes must be submitted by December 1, 2017.

Educator Career Fair

What is Handshake?

Transportation will be provided for registered Macon and Henry Students.

September 21, 2017

Thank you for completing your Spring fieldwork application. We are in the process of reviewing and requesting placements with various school systems. Confirmed placements will be posted in TOFES starting December 15th for Spring field placement. If you do not see a confirmed placement in TOFES at that time, it means that the Office of Field Placement is still awaiting the confirmed placement for you. Once we have the confirmed placement from the school system, TOFES will be updated.

September 20, 2017

Attention Students,

Today is the last day to apply for Field Placement. This is the only opportunity for students who have been fully admitted to Tift’s Teacher Education Program to apply for Spring 2018 Field Experience.

Link to apply:

Instructions on How to Apply for Field Experience:

Please submit all additional documents to: by September 20th.

August 28, 2017

Attention Students,

The Office of Field Placement will be accepting applications for Spring 2018 Field Experience starting September 1st until September 20th, 2017. This is the only opportunity for students who have been fully admitted to Tift’s Teacher Education Program to apply. Instructions on how to apply will be available soon.

August 4, 2017

The increase edTPA passing standard will be effective for scores reported after September 7, 2017. Score reports dated September 7, 2017, or earlier, which includes the upcoming August submission date, will be held to the original passing standard.

The edTPA Submission and Reporting Dates are available here:

June 21, 2017

Attention Teacher Candidates,

The Office of Field Placement has posted our Field Experience Calendar for Fall 2017. This calendar can help students find orientation dates and times along with field experience dates. Please note that the beginning dates for field experience differ from the university semester dates. Orientation room information will be posted on the announcement page at a later time.

All students must attend an orientation prior to starting field experience. If you cannot make orientation at your main site, you may travel to an alternate location. Please arrive on time. Orientation held on August 21st, will only be for Macon Residential and RAC students.

Confirmed placements are coming in daily. TOFES will be updated starting July 14th. Please check your online application for placement updates.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office. I look forward to seeing you all.

Kristin T. Doss
Associate Director of Field Placement