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Requesting Procedures for Field Experiences

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 (FES).

As part of the documentation process of these field experiences, you may be required to collect picture or video evidence of your field experiences. You 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. You should work with the assigned classroom teacher/administrator in order to determine the best approach for distributing and collecting signed copies of this form. Videos and photos obtained through this process should be used for portfolio and coursework purposes only. Artifacts involving the preK-12 students should not be posted on social media.


Field Placement Groups

You are responsible to determine which Field Experience Placement Group best aligns with your placement preferences/locations.

Local (Central VA area) – No Contact
External – No Contact
External – Other

School systems identified as Local (Central VA area) – No Contact on the Field Experience Placement Group have requested that the School of Education Local Field Placement Office contact their schools for placement requests rather than the student. Follow the Requesting Placement steps below to request placement through the Local Field Placement Office. You should not contact these school systems directly.

Hours completed in the local school systems must be approved through the Local Field Office to be counted for course credit.

School systems identified as External – No Contact on the Field Experience Placement Group have requested that the School of Education External Field Placement Office contact their schools for placement requests rather than the student. Follow the below steps to request placement through the External Field Placement Office. You should not contact these school systems directly.

Hours completed in the External – No Contact school systems must be approved through the External Field Placement Office to be counted for course credit.

At this time, school systems not identified on the Field Experience Placement Group have not communicated specific placement procedures required by the University. You should make contact with the school systems in order to make placement arrangements once your course has started and your professor has provided further placement details/requirements.


Requesting Placement: Policies and Procedures

It is recommended that you plan ahead for your field experiences, as you will need to spend time in the classroom, which may require adjusting your current schedule. Below you can review more information about the field experiences that you may complete throughout your program.

Field Experience Descriptions

Also, review the requesting procedures for your field experiences, as our Field Placement Offices are ready to assist you in securing a placement.

Early Field Experiences (Practicums)
Student Teaching & Internship

When enrolled in a course that has a course-embedded field experience/practicum, you are responsible for viewing and following all requesting procedures as outlined below. After determining the appropriate placement group and completing the required background clearances, follow these steps carefully specific to your placement group.

Requests are due by Wednesday of Week One of your course.

Step 1: Review Placement Requirements in Practicum Course

Step 2: Request Placement by Wednesday of Week 1

Step 3: Receive Confirmed Placement Details

Step 4: Field Experience Management (FEM)

Step 5: Proceed with Placement and Coursework

Within the Gate 3 application, you will complete a placement request/preference form. You can read more about student teaching expectations in the Student Teaching Handbook.

Similar to course-embedded field experiences, you should not contact school systems listed on the Local – No Contact or External – No Contact groups. You will identify the preferred district(s) and school building(s) on the request form in the application. Do not make any contact with the schools.

To list a school preference on the External – Other group, contact the preferred school system to gather the appropriate contact details as outlined on the Placement Request Form within in the Gate 3 application.


Resources

Field Experience Summary (FES)
Handbooks
LiveText by Watermark Field Experience Management (FEM)

Documentation of field experiences for each candidate is maintained by the candidate, and a cumulative field log is submitted to during student teaching/internship.

You should select the Field Experience Summary (FES) that aligns with their degree program(s).

LiveText by Watermark – Field Experience Management (FEM) is an electronic system used to record and monitor field experiences.

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. Check spam/deleted folders if your username/password are not in your email inbox.

Other FEM Tutorials: