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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

The School of Education Field Placement Office has three Field Placement Groups:

  • Local – Do Not Contact
    • Placements within Central Virginia. All Local Placements do not permit candidates to contact or communicate with the schools to arrange placements.
  • External – Do Not Contact
    • Placements outside of Central Virginia that do not permit candidates to contact or communicate with the schools to arrange placements.
  • External – Other
    • Placements outside of Central Virginia that permit candidates to initiate contact or communicate with the schools to arrange placements.

The first two placement groups do not permit candidates to contact or communicate with the schools to arrange placements. This communication must go through the SOE Field Placement Office.

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.

Also, review the requesting procedures for your field experiences, as our Field Placement Offices are ready to assist you in securing a placement. Licensure candidates may review more information about the field experiences through the Canvas SOE Licensure Resource Community

X88/X89 Practicum Courses
Early Field Experiences (non-X88/X89 Practicums)

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

Candidates will be contacted directly through the X88 course about the placement request process for the field experience. The candidate may review more information about the Practicum Courses through the Canvas SOE Licensure Resource Community.