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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.

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 should not be posted on social media.

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 course-embedded 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.


Request Placement for Course-Embedded Field Experiences—FEM Form

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

You are responsible to determine which Field Experience Placement Groups 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 Groups have requested University contact only. You should contact the Local Field Team for more information about placement opportunities using the Local Request Form. You should not contact these school systems directly.

Hours completed in the local school systems that were not approved through the Local Field Office will not be counted for course credit.

School systems identified as External – No Contact on the Field Experience Placement Groups have requested University contact only. You should contact the External Field Team for more information about placement opportunities using the External Request Form. You should not contact these school systems directly.

Hours completed in the External – No Contact school systems that were not approved through the Field Placement Office will not be counted for course credit.

At this time, school systems not identified on the Field Experience Placement Groups have not communicated specific procedures required by the University. You should make early contact with the school systems in order to make placement arrangements.


Becoming a Student Teacher

After determining the appropriate placement group and completing the required background clearances, should follow these steps:

Step 1: Request Placement by Wednesday of Week 1

Step 2: Receive Confirmed Placement

Step 3: FEM

Step 4: Proceed with Placement and Coursework

* 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, contact the preferred school system and gather the appropriate contact details to include on the Placement Request Form in the Gate 3 application.


LiveText by Watermark Field Experience Module (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. Check spam/deleted folders if your username/password are not in your email inbox.

Other FEM Tutorials:


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.

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