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First Education Experience Program (FEEP)

We are offering FEEP this fall and are working with our district and school colleagues as we create relevant experiences for our FEEP students. FEEP may be a requirement for your licensure program, or you may be seeking a general education service learning course. We are preparing FEEP to serve both purposes and are seeking student input as we plan for fall semester. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to offer suggestions, please contact us at .

The First Education Experience Program (FEEP) is an Open Option Service Learning GE course that allows undergraduate students to explore education as a possible career path through real-world experiences and seminars. As a FEEP student you will learn first-hand about the education field by spending time in local PreK-12 schools or other education settings.

As a service-learning course, FEEP helps you gain and apply academic knowledge through civic engagement with communities and require you to complete a service learning project. This course is a required prerequisite for several undergraduate licensure programs in education and is open for students who want to explore non-classroom education settings.

The FEEP team is here to support our students. If at any time you have issues, concerns or questions, please feel free to reach out to any of us. If we are unable to help you ourselves, we can direct you to resources that you may find helpful for your particular circumstance.

Course Details

The FEEP application for Fall, 2020 will remain open through the end of July. The deadline for completing your background check is being waived at this time, but once you are able to do so, please be sure to get your background checks started.

FEEP is offered as either a three- or five-credit hour course. You should confirm with your academic advisor to determine which course is required for your program prior to completing the online application.

Three-credit hour course info:

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon

  • Two to three days per week spent in the field, for approximately 75 hours

  • Eight seminar sessions during the term (one on a topic of your choosing)

  • SMART Lab visit

Five-credit hour course info:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon

  • Three to four days per week spent in the field, totaling 108 hours

  • Thirteen seminar sessions during the term (one almost every week)

  • SMART Lab visit

*Answers to other important FEEP-related questions are available in our frequently asked questions.


Partner Schools/Districts

When you are accepted into the program, you will be assigned to a classroom in one of our partner schools/districts or in other education settings. You may not request the schools/district to which you will be assigned, but if you request a non-classroom setting, you will have direct input into where you are placed. Following are the FEEP partner schools/districts:

  • Columbus City Schools
  • Hilliard City Schools
  • Southwestern City School District
  • Upper Arlington Schools
  • Whitehall City Schools
  • Worthington City Schools
  • Haugland Learning Center
  • Focus Academy North
  • Metro High School
  • Graham Schools
  • KIPP Columbus
  • Other, non-classroom settings

Career Paths

As a student in the First Education Experience Program, you will be able to explore and interact with a wide range of school professionals including teachers, school counselors, librarians and others. There are many opportunities to explore a variety of career paths in education. 

We are usually not able to secure school psychology placements due to confidentiality concerns. In the past, and upon recommendation from school psychology faculty members, students interested in school psychology have been placed in a regular or special education classroom for part of their time and have spent part of their time with a school psychologist. This has been an invaluable experience for students, especially because school psychologists spend significant time interacting with teachers and helping them address classroom-related issues.

Applying to FEEP

Use our online application to apply for FEEP. The application deadlines are November 15th for the fall semester and April 1st for the spring semester. If you need to apply after these dates, please contact . All students are accepted into the program, but there are limited spots available for placement.

Please do not apply for FEEP unless you are certain you are taking it next semester. By completing the application, you are committing to taking FEEP during the term for which you are applying.

Dropping FEEP should only occur in rare instances. If after completing the application you are unable to participate in FEEP, it is your responsibility to let the FEEP Administrative GTA know immediately. Every term, we have a large number of students who drop the course and this has significantly affected school professionals' willingness to take FEEP students. If you drop the course after applying, you may not receive your priority placement in future terms. Further, we will request placements only for those students who register for the course. Therefore, you need to be certain when you complete the FEEP application that you will be taking FEEP during the term in which you apply.

Once you have submitted the application, you will receive an information packet to the email provided in your application. This information packet outlines all the requirements you need to fulfill before starting FEEP including registration, scheduling, background checks and others. 

Note: All of our communications are sent to OSU/Buckeyemail addresses so be sure your Ohio State address is active and that you include that email in your application. Make sure our email address,, is on your safe sender list to ensure your information packet and other important FEEP details do not end up in your spam folder.

*Answers to other important FEEP-related questions are available in our frequently asked questions.


You can register for FEEP only after applying for the course using the online application, which takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. We accept applications a semester in advance (e.g. register during autumn semester for participation in the spring semester). Once you apply to the FEEP program, you will receive an information packet through email containing the course codes in order to register online for the course via BuckeyeLink. If you encounter any difficulties in registration, you will need to contact your academic advisor.


The following seven items are required by the school districts and/or the Office of Accreditation, Placement, and Licensure before going into any school:

  • Ohio BCI&I background check 3319.39B3 School Employees - Teachers Only
  • FBI background check 3319.39
  • Student Field Experience and Clinical Practice Application
  • Training Video
  • Standards of Behavior Form
  • Confidentiality Agreement

You MUST request BCI&I background check 3319.39B3 School Employees - Teachers Only and FBI background check 3319.29. If you do not get these specific background checks, you will need to have them done again and pay for them again. It is best to get your background checks completed at The Ohio State University Office of Human Resources. Previously completed background checks are valid for one calendar year. If you have a background check that will expire during the term in which you take FEEP, it is your responsibility to have that background check renewed well in advance of its expiration. A current background check is required to attend field placements; without one you will be pulled from your placement. Please note that background checks are considered complete once they have cleared. Having applied for a background check by the deadline is not sufficient. Therefore, you need to begin that process shortly after you complete your FEEP application.

All documents need to be submitted by the deadline specified in the information packet. Usually, all documents are due by the end of the semester in which you applied for FEEP. If your documents are not submitted by the deadline (including cleared background checks), you will be automatically dropped from FEEP. It is important to start completing the requirements as soon as you receive the FEEP information packet. 

*Answers to other important FEEP-related questions are available in our frequently asked questions.


FEEP Director
Alana Telesman

FEEP Administrative GTA