Piedmont College programs include two types of field experiences that help prepare candidates to be professional educators. These include field experiences in conjunction with courses and clinical experiences, which include practicum courses and semester or year long student teaching or apprentice teaching opportunities. Field experiences provide opportunities for teacher candidates to have concrete experiences in their certification field before student teaching.
Please remember that before any field experience can be conducted, you must clear a background check. (See instructions under #1: Admission to Teacher Education). Click Here
Field Experiences in conjunction with courses:
Please familiarize yourself with the policies and procedures for in-course field experiences. These procedures will be updated periodically and it is your responsibility to keep abreast and current with all school district procedures. Failure to abide may be viewed as an ethical violation.
IN-COURSE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Courses that contain a required field experience are listed in the college catalog. The requirements will be specifically defined on each syllabus. Field experiences help teacher candidates link theory to practice and play a major role in the candidate's progress toward becoming a proactive, scholarly, reflective professional educator and a life-long learner.
When you are visiting schools for field experiences, you are representing Piedmont College and yourself as a professional. Your appearance, behavior, and demeanor should present those qualities that best represent you as a professional.
Various forms to assist you in your field experiences are available below or from the Field Placement Coordinator. These include the following:
Permission forms - used to seek permission to do a field experience
Observation forms - used to record and assess student behaviors
Reflection forms - used to reflect on planning, teaching, etc
Evaluation forms - used by the classroom teacher or college
Documentation of Field Experiences: Required documentation packets are specific to each program and can be found on the program pages on the Current Students page.
Examples of field experiences include:
The candidate must document a minimum number of hours of field experiences depending on his/her program. In order to enhance your preparation as a teacher, it is important that these experiences reflect a diversity of schools, classrooms, and grade levels, which will be selected in consultation with your professor. Please contact the Field Placement Coordinator for questions about meeting diversity requirements and consult your program guidelines for the minimum number of field experience hours you must record. (Click here to view the Georgia Professional Standard for field experiences: Standard 4)
- Interviews: students, teachers, parents, administrators, school personnel, and other professionals.
- Observing and teaching in regular and special education classrooms and multicultural settings:
* Planning, assisting, interacting
* Instructional, motivational techniques
* Classroom and behavior management
* Organizational skills; assessments
* Individualized instruction/tutoring
* Small-group instruction
* Whole-class instruction
* Administration of tasks - i.e.: parent conferences, meetings with various school personnel
- Attending professional conferences and workshops
- Observing in other classes or settings:
* Working with community after school programs
* Attending Board of Education meetings
* Participating in school sponsored activities
Clinical Field Experiences:
Our teacher candidates in the secondary, music & art education programs do a year-long apprenticeship in a school system. The apprentice needs to be placed with a teacher in the appropriate subject area. From August to December, the apprentice will spend sixteen to twenty hours a week in the classroom. From January to May, the apprentice will be in the classroom full-time. Upon placement, further information will be provided by the education department to the supervising classroom teacher.
Undergraduate Student Teaching
The student teachers will spend the first two days of the semester in seminars at Piedmont College. They will then report to their assigned school full-time and remain in their assigned classrooms for the rest of the semester, with the exception of a number of required seminars at the college.
Graduate Student Teaching
For the first five weeks of the semester, the graduate candidates spend half of each day in the classroom where they are assigned and at the same time develop their instructional units in their methods course. Then, for the next 10 weeks, they participate in the school/classroom full-time.
The practicum course requires a total of 90 hours in the classroom. The days of the week and visitation time will be decided between the candidate and the classroom teacher. Practicum candidates are required to do basic observations, weekly journaling, two one-on-one tutoring sessions, two small group lessons, two large group lessons and a research paper. The candidates will also bring a list of supplemental activities to share with the classroom teacher that they are to complete over the course of the semester.
Placement Process for Clinicals:
Applications for fall student teaching, apprenticeship and practicum are due:
- Spring placement – October 1st
- Fall Placement – March 1st
A mandatory meeting for applicants of student teaching and apprenticeship will be held in September and March. Apprentices are not required to attend the September meeting. Specific meeting dates will be posted on the Field Placement Board located on the 2nd floor of the East Hall in the Commons Building in Athens and in the School of Education Office in Demorest. Applications will be provided at the meetings and questions about placement procedures will be answered.
Please do not hesitate to call the Field Placement Coordinator, Ms. Kathy Bolt, at 706-433-1759 ext. 8008, or Kbolt@piedmont.edu, if you have questions or problems.
Spring 2010 Student Teacher Schedule Information:
Undergraduate Early Childhood, Middle Grades & Drama Education
Forms & Applications :