Field Experience

Early and ongoing field experiences are crucial for initial and advanced licensure preparation. The continuum of field experiences required in Liberty's program includes practicums in preK-12 settings and culminates in either student teaching or internship during the final semester. Field experiences are course-embedded requirements for designated courses in each program. Field experiences must include a variety of settings appropriate to the endorsement: multiple grade levels and interaction with diverse students (e.g., minority, at-risk, and exceptional students) to fulfill the requirements of the Field Experience Summary.

As part of the documentation process of these field experiences, candidates may be required to collect picture or video evidences of their field experiences. Candidates should obtain both school and parent/guardian permission before taking pictures or video of the classroom or students; when attempting to obtain permission, use the School of Education Video/Photo Release Form. Candidates should work with the assigned classroom teacher/administrator in order to determine the best approach for distributing and collecting signed copies of this form.

Descriptions of Course-Embedded Field Experiences 

Request Placement for Course-Embedded Field Experiences—FEM Form

When candidates are enrolled in a course that has a course-embedded field experience, they are responsible for viewing and following all requesting procedures as outlined below.
*Requests are due by Wednesday of Week One.

Candidates are responsible to determine which placement group (Local, External – No Contact, or External – Other) best aligns with their placement preferences/locations. 

  • Local (Central Virginia area): These school systems have requested University contact only, and candidates should contact the Local Field Team for more information about placement opportunities. NOTE: Candidates should not contact these school systems directly.
  • External – No Contact: These school systems have requested University contact only, and candidates should contact the External Field Team for more information about placement opportunities. NOTE: Candidates should not contact these school systems directly.
  • External – Other: At this time, school systems not identified on the above lists have not communicated specific procedures required of the University. Candidates should make early contact with the school systems in order to make placement arrangements.


Candidates, after determining the appropriate placement group and completing the required background clearances, should follow the steps identified in the chart below.

Step 1: Request Placement by Wednesday of Week 1

  • Local*
    Complete Local Request Form and email to Local Field Office at field@liberty.edu.
    Note: Candidates should not contact the school system.
  • External -- No contact*
    Complete External Request Form.
    Note: Candidates should not contact the school system.
  • External -- Other**
    Make early contact with preferred school.

Step 2: Receive Confirmed Placement

  • Local*
    Receive confirmation from Local Field Office at field@liberty.edu.
  • External -- No contact*
    Receive confirmation from External Field Office at xplace@liberty.edu.
  • External -- Other**
    Receive confirmation from appropriate school personnel.

Step 3: FEM

Step 4: Proceed with Placement and Coursework

  • Local*
    Complete assigned placement, coursework, and update FES.
  • External -- No contact*
    Complete assigned placement, coursework, and update FES.
  • External -- Other**
    Complete assigned placement, coursework, and update FES.

 

*To request a student teaching or internship placement in one of these districts, simply list the district name and preferred school names on the Placement Request Form in the Gate 3 application.

**To request a student teaching or internship placement in one of these districts, please contact the preferred school system and gather the appropriate contact details to include on the Placement Request Form in the Gate 3 application.

LiveText Field Experience Management (FEM) Help Guides

Account Set-Up: The Field Offices will set-up your mentor account in LiveText. You will receive an email directly from LiveText with a username/password. Be sure to double-check spam/junk folders in case this email was caught in your school email filters.

Forgot Username/Password: If you have forgotten or cannot locate your username/password, please go to www.livetext.com and click the “Forgot” button in the log-in section. This will allow you to have the information resent to your email inbox.

Field Experience Summary (FES)

Documentation of field experiences for each candidate is maintained by the candidate, and a cumulative field log is submitted to Liberty University's School of Education upon completion of the licensure program. Candidates should select the Field Experience Summary (FES) that aligns with their degree program(s).