Professional Year Field Experiences

The College of Education and Human Development contracts with numerous school districts in a 70-mile radius of Bowling Green to provide field internships for teacher candidates in teacher licensure programs at BGSU. The Office of Educator Preparation and Partnerships (OEPP) works with personnel in 300 regional schools to arrange early field experiences, methods, and student teaching internships for teacher candidates. Options for national and international student teaching internships are also available for eligible teacher candidates.

Teacher candidates pursuing licensure in Inclusive Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, Adolescent/Young Adult, Intervention Specialist/Special Education, World Language, and Workforce Education and Development participate in a professional year experience in which they complete their methods and student teaching internship over two consecutive semesters. Early field experiences are arranged by OEPP in collaboration with program faculty/instructors, who communicate expectations and procedures within the structure of each course.

The Office of Field Experiences also places teacher candidates seeking licensure in Art, Music, and Physical Education/Health Education for their student teaching internship. Earlier field experiences are arranged by program faculty/instructors, who communicate expectations and procedures within the structure of each program and course.

Application Process

All undergraduate teacher candidates in the programs listed above must attend major-specific sign-up meetings, held during the first two weeks of the semester prior to their enrollment in methods courses (or the previous semester for Workforce Education and Development). During the meeting, teacher candidates are given current information about the application process, placement area, eligibility, expectations, requirements, and forms to be submitted. Teacher candidates complete and submit their application forms at the sign-up meeting. Applications submitted late will not be accepted. Other options, such as international or national student teaching/internship opportunities, are also discussed at this meeting.

Methods Eligibility

Teacher candidates must complete all prerequisite coursework, meet all course grade and grade point average requirements, provide documentation of a current BCI/FBI background check, and pass the required licensure exams by July 1 of each year.

Placement Policy

Placements are made by the Office of Educator Preparation and Partnerships only and are based on the following factors:

  1. Eligibility of the teacher candidate. 
  2. Quality and availability of approved field sites within a 70-mile radius of Bowling Green.*
  3. The teacher candidate's previous field experiences to ensure a diverse placement.
  4. Availability of qualified university mentor and classroom mentor teacher. 
  5. Location of teacher candidate’s prior school experience. Teacher candidates are not to complete their student teaching internship in schools they attended, or from where they graduated, or in which they are employed. 
  6. Teacher candidates are not to complete an internship in a school where a close family, friend, or relative is attending or professionally employed. 

*Applications for student teaching internships outside the placement radius will be accepted for extreme circumstance cases only. These written appeals must be submitted well in advance on an Application for Transient Student Teaching Placement, along with all required documentation, and approved by the Transient Placement Committee.  The transient application may be obtained from OEPP in 101 Education Building.