Field Experience for Education Students

All teacher education students are required to participate satisfactorily in clinical and field-based experiences prior to recommendation for licensure for teaching in Ohio. All placements in field experiences are made by the Office of Student Teaching and Field Experience and assigned by course instructors.

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FBI and BCI Requirements

If you are taking a course that requires field work, or student teaching, you are REQUIRED to have both a current BCI and FBI clearance. This is a mandated requirement from the school districts. The BCI/FBI must have been completed within the past year.

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What is expected of you during field experience?

  • You MUST provide a copy of your BCI/FBI background check to the school/institution office. This is a state requirement. The BCI/FBI check can be no older than 12 months.
  • Professional conduct and behavior consistent with that of an educator at all times
  • A disposition that contributes to the learning environment
    • Professional behavior and disposition may also enhance your chances for employment or the ability to obtain references

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Are there any liability issues in field experience?

  • You are only permitted to be in the classroom with students under the supervision of your mentor teacher
    • You should not be left alone to supervise students if your mentor teacher leaves the room.
    • You should not be expected to fulfill the role of a substitute teacher if your mentor teacher is out.
    • Your mentor teacher is aware of these restrictions.
  • At times, situations may occur in a classroom that require intervention of a professional, licensed teacher or administrator. You should refrain from intervening within these situations. Allow your mentor teacher or an administrator to handle the situation.

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