The Field Placement Process

It is the responsibility of the Field Experience Office to serve as the liaison between University students and the schools in which they are placed. Each district and school has a specific placement procedure that The University of Akron is obligated to follow.

Field Experience Handbook

Placement Protocol

To be consistent with the purpose of our office:

  • Please refrain from making direct contact with any district, school, administrator, principal, or teacher regarding field placements; many student have contacts and family members who hold these positions.
  • We are responsible for following the proper protocol unique to each district so we can maximize the chance to both develop and maintain relationships between school districts and agencies in the area and the university.


Securing a Field Placement

The process for Field Observation request has changed. 

The Office of Student Teaching and Field Experience will secure pre-approved locations for your field work.  Your UA instructor will arrange placement within the pre-approved locations.

Students working full time in an educational setting may request approval by the UA instructor to use the alternative location; however, the Employee Candidate Form must be competed and returned to the Office of Student Teaching and Field Experience.  Field work must be done during non-work hours (planning, lunch, before or after school).  it cannot be done during assigned or paid work hours.  Additionally, hours cannot be used for multiple courses.  Field hours must be done for each field course.

Field Experience Downloads

Alternative Field Placement Form for Employed Candidates - Request to complete hours in a district where you already work

Field Experience Handbook

Optional field experience log form