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Field Experiences

Field experience, a requirement of the Alabama State Department of Education, is a valuable opportunity for Athens State students to observe and be involved in real life teaching situations. During P-12 school visits students learn pedagogy and management strategies and, in some instances, are allowed to practice New Field Experience Model
their teaching skills. Most courses in the College of Education require field experience placement in P-12 school settings through the Field Experience and Internship Office.

Print a copy of the complete Field Experience Handbook by clicking here.
Print a copy of the complete Field Experience Verification Form by clicking here.

Frequently Asked Questions
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1. How do I contact the Field Experience and Internship Office?

Field Experience and Internship Office
(256) 216-6620
Email
College of Education/ Field Experience Link @ www.athens.edu

2. Am I required to submit an application for field experience to the Field Experience and Internship Office?

All degree seeking, teacher certification students must submit a field experience application each semester that they are enrolled in courses that require field experience.

Degree seeking students, who are not seeking teacher certification, do not submit field experience requests to the Field Experience and Internship Office. If you have field experience requirements you will be placed by your instructor. If you are placed in a school setting, you must supply proof of ABI/FBI clearance. This information should be emailed to Sharron Woods.

3. I am an ABC Certification seeking student. Am I required to submit a field experience application to the Field Experience and Internship Office?

No, ABC students are not required to submit a field experience application to the Field Experience and Internship Office.

4. I am a student taking courses for recertification. Am I required to submit a field experience application to the Field Experience and Internship Office?

No, recertification students are not required to submit a field experience application to the Field Experience and Internship Office.

5. I am a student seeking certification through the Teach for America Program. Am I required to submit a field experience application to the Field Experience and Internship Office?

No, Teach for America students are not required to submit a field experience application to the Field Experience and Internship Office.

6. I am a student taking courses in the College of Education, but not seeking certification. Am I required to submit a field experience application to the Field Experience and Internship Office?

No, non-degree seeking and non-certification track students are not required to submit a field experience application to the Field Experience and Internship Office.

7. I am a degree seeking student who is not pursuing teacher certification. What are my field experience requirements?

Degree seeking students, who are not seeking teacher certification, do not submit field experience requests to the Field Experience and Internship Office. If you have field experience requirements you will be placed by your instructor. If you are placed in a school setting, you must
  • Supply proof of ABI/FBI clearance. This information should be emailed to Sharron Woods.
  • Supply proof of a current negative tuberculosis skin (TB) test. This information should be emailed to Sharron Woods or faxed to her at (256) 216-6602
If you are placed in any setting with children other than a P-12 school setting, then you must:
  • Supply proof of a “letter of suitability” from the Department of Human Resources (DHR) or proof of ABI/FBI clearance. This information should be emailed to Sharron WoodsSharron Woods.

8. Am I required to submit a field experience application every semester?

Degree seeking students are required to submit a field experience application each semester in which they are enrolled in courses that require field experience.

9. How do I submit an application for Field Experience to the Field Experience and Internship Office?

Directions to submit Field Experience Application:
  1. Go to Athens State Online on College of Education home page.
  2. Enter your user name and password.
  3. Go to Student Tab.
  4. Go to Request for Field Experience Placement (ED Students).
  5. Select current term.
  6. Complete form and submit. (A confirmation statement will appear indicating that the application was successfully submitted.)

10. What should I do if I miss the deadline to submit my application for field experience placement?

Students that fail to submit the application by the due date must contact the Field Experience and Internship Office by email in order to receive a late placement.

11. What should I do if I’d like to request a change in field experience placement location?

Contact the Field Experience and Internship Office by email.

Changes in assigned placements will only be made under extreme circumstances. The Field Experience and Internship Office assigns placements based on the student’s address, student’s requests of systems, previous assigned locations and diversities of each placement. Students are required to go to a different location and a different diversity setting each semester.

12. Am I required to complete an ABI/FBI background check prior to submitting my field experience placement application? If so, what is the process?

All Athens State University College of Education students and Arts & Sciences Licensure and Certification students that are degree seeking in a program that leads to certification are required to complete an ABI/FBI background clearance from the Alabama State Department of Education.

ABI/FBI background clearance is required to successfully submit an online field experience application for courses requiring field experience.

If you hold an Alabama substitute license or a letter of suitability for employment in a school system, please email Mrs. Sharron Woods with this information. (We do not accept DHR letters of suitability for students placed in K-12 school settings.)

For additional information contact:
Mrs. Sharron Woods
Phone: 256‐216‐6602
Email

FINGERPRINTING Procedures: (4 STEPS)

STEP 1 ‐ Registration
Register prior to arriving at a fingerprint location

  1. Option 1 ‐ Online Registration (Cogent encourages ALL applicants to register online)
  2. Option 2 ‐ Telephone Registration (866)989-‐9316
  3. Option 3 – Out of State Applicants/Paper Fingerprint Cards
    • Out of State applicants may submit a completed fingerprint card AND a money order or cashier’s check in the amount of $59.40 made out to 3M Cogent. Applicants MUST register ONLINE prior to mailing in fingerprint cards AND must include their REGISTRATION ID. Submit fingerprint cards to:
      3M Cogent
      ALSDE Cards Scan
      5025 Brandenton Avenue Suite 100
      Dublin, OH 43017

STEP 2 ‐ PAYMENT

Fingerprint Fee ‐ $51.40
  • Applicants may pay online during registration using a debit or credit card.
  • No cash, credit card or business checks are accepted at the fingerprint locations.
  • Applicants may pay at the fingerprint site with money order or cashier check.
  • Payments must be made out to 3M Cogent.
  • Payment amount for ALSDE fingerprinting is $51.40.

    • STEP 3 – FINGERPRINTING
      1. Visit any 3M Cogent fingerprint location in Alabama (See Print Locations & Hours at https://www.cogentid.com/AL)
      2. Be sure to bring valid identification with you to the print location (See What to Bring at https://www.cogentid.com/AL)

      STEP 4 – EMAIL CONFIRMATION

      All Athens State University College of Education students and Arts & Sciences Licensure and Certification students that are degree seeking must submit an email to Mrs. Sharron Woods, after the actual fingerprinting process has been completed at the fingerprint location, (Completion of STEP 3).

      Email the following information to Mrs. Sharron Woods.
      Subject Line – Fingerprint Step 3 Completed
      Message
      Name
      Athens State student ID number
      Statement: I completed Step 3 of the fingerprinting process on ____ .(Include the actual date of completion.)

13. Am I required to get a tuberculosis (TB) skin test? If so, what is the process?

All Athens State University College of Education students and Arts & Sciences Licensure and Certification students that are degree seeking are required to submit a current negative tuberculosis skin (TB) test to the Certification Office during the first semester of attendance. (Negative TB Skin tests are current for 3 years effective from the date read.)

Students may fax, scan, attach as an email, or mail a copy to the Certification Office to the attention of Ms. Sharron Woods.
Mrs. Sharron Woods
Email
Office: 256-216-6602
Fax: 256-216-6602

Mailing Address
Athens State University
College of Education
Attention: Mrs. Sharron Woods
300 N. Beaty Street
Athens, AL 35611

Documentation of a negative TB skin test must be sent to the Certification Office in order to successfully submit an online field experience application for courses requiring field experience.

14. How do I receive my field experience placement information?

Placements may be viewed at the same online location where the application was submitted, after a designated date each semester. Go to Field Experience / Current Dates (link on Athens State COE website) to view placement viewing date.

Directions to submit Field Experience Application:
  1. Go to Athens State Online on College of Education home page.
  2. Enter your user name and password.
  3. Go to Student Tab.
  4. Go to Request for Field Experience Placement (ED Students).
  5. Select current term.
  6. 6. Click submit to view placement information.
Field Experience placements are made based on the following information:
  • Student’s address
  • Student's school system requests
  • Location and diversity setting of previous field experience assignments (Students are required to be placed at a different location each semester.)
  • Student's course requirements

15. What is LiveText and am I required to purchase LiveText for my field experience placement?

LiveText is an online web-based learning assessment. The purchase of LiveText is a requirement for Athens State University College of Education students and Arts and Sciences Licensure and Certification students that are degree seeking students.

16. What assessments are to be completed by the classroom teacher and visiting Athens State professors during my field experience placement?

During field experience visits, two assessments may be completed:
  1. Professional Disposition Assessment: This is an assessment of your professional dispositions during your visit. It is completed by the hosting classroom teacher
  2. Educate Alabama Assessment: This is an assessment of your teaching debut and only applies to specified senior courses (see below). It is completed by either an Athens Statefaculty member or your hosting classroom teacher
Courses
  • AR 455 Materials and Methods for Teaching Art in P-12
  • EL 413 Teaching Reading in the Intermediate Grades
  • EL 424 Teaching Math in the Intermediate Grades
  • ER 319 Literacy and Literature for the Young Child
  • ER 470 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • SE 355 Alternative Instructional Strategies
  • SE 415 Tr. Plan and Learn Strategies for Adolescents
  • HPE 430 Teaching Elementary Physical Education
  • HPE 440 Teaching High School Physical Education
Materials and Methods of Teaching in the Middle School and High School:
  • BI/CH 456
  • EH 457
  • MA 454
  • SS/HY 450
  • SS 333

17. What documentation do I need to record each completed day of field experience?

Students are required to take a Field Experience Verification Form into their field experience placement and get the signature of their assigned hosting classroom teacher at the end of each completed day. One day of field experience equals 7 hours of classroom observation.

The completed Verification Form must be submitted into LiveText at the end of each semester. Students are also required to scan a copy of the Verification Form at the end of each semester into their LiveText Portfolio.

Directions to submit the verification form into the LiveText Field Experience Verification Assignment area:
  1. Log in to your LiveText account.
  2. Locate tab marked “Field Experience Verification Assignment”.
  3. Click on red area marked “submit assessment”.
  4. Browse on your computer for your form. Form must be submitted as a .pdf, .jpg, or a .doc file in order for our office to open it to be assessed.
  5. Upload the file. WAIT FOR FILE TO COMPLETELY UPLOAD BEFORE CLICKING SUBMIT. If you back out while it is loading, it will not load properly.
  6. Click SUBMIT. Red area is now yellow and says “Awaiting Assessment.”
  7. Student may revisit where they submitted their form to see that it has been assessed.

    (Please do not submit your portfolio to Field Experience Office, only the Verification Form.)
The Field Experience Office will track all placements online. Students are encouraged to keep the original Verification Form for their own records.

Verification Form

18. Am I required to wear my Athens State student ID badge when I go out into schools to complete my field experience?

Yes, Athens State students are required to wear their Athens State ID badge at all times during field experience placements.

Athens State ID badges are obtained through the Athens State University Security Office.
  • Location: Athens State Campus Security
  • Hours 8:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Information: 256-233-8222

19. What are some professional tips for me to follow when I go out into schools to complete my field experience?

  • Sign in at the front office immediately upon entering the school each day. Students are also required to sign out at the end of each day.
  • Dress and act in a professional manner.
  • Arrive promptly. Be on time or early.
  • Abide by all school rules. (especially those dealing with food, beverages, and cell phones)
  • Make NO negative, derogatory remarks or comments toward or about the school, its personnel, or its students either verbally or nonverbally (such as Facebook).
  • Students are to contact the school office and classroom teacher immediately if they must miss a scheduled day.
  • Check Athens State email regularly during Field Experience. (This is a Must! Necessary information is often sent during this time.)

20. What happens if I choose to not complete my field experience placement?

Field experience is a requirement by the Alabama State Board of Education, with the purpose of helping to ensure that teaching is the right profession for you. Completing field experience requirements is not an option. Failure to complete field experience requirements will result in a failing grade for the course.

21. How do I determine how many days of field experience will be required for me to complete?

ONLY degree seeking students are required to complete the field experience requirement in the courses listed below. ONLY COURSES THAT REQUIRE FIELD EXPEIENCE ARE LISTED.

The Field Experience and Internship Office will include a total number of days to be completed for viewing on your field experience assigned placement information. The MAXIMUM NUMBER of required days for field experience is capped at 10 days per semester.
  • EXCEPTION: Arts & Sciences Licensure and Certification majors will complete all assigned field experience days. The number of days will NOT be a capped per semester. All assigned days are required to be completed.
Fall and Spring Semester: One day of field experience equals 7 hours of classroom observation.

To view the Field Experience Days by Program click here.

22. Where can I locate the Field Experience Handbook?

23. When is the due date for the online field experience application?

24. When is my completed Verification Form due in LiveText each semester?

25. When during the semester do I go out to complete my field experience days?

26. What is the timeframe to complete all field experience visits within a semester?



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