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First Education Experience Program (FEEP)

The First Education Experience Program (FEEP) allows undergraduate and graduate 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. 

FEEP helps you gain and apply academic knowledge through civic engagement with communities and requires 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.

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Course Details

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

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

  • Two to three days per week spent in the field, for approximately 72 hours

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

Five-credit hour course

  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 7AM - Noon

  • Three to four days per week spent in the field, totaling 110 hours

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

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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. Following are the FEEP partner schools/districts:

  • Columbus City Schools
  • Focus Learning Academy of Central Columbus 
  • Focus Learning Academy of North Columbus
  • The Graham Family of Schools
  • New Story Schools Columbus
  • Hilliard City Schools
  • Kichwa Institute of Science Technology and Humanities
  • KIPP Columbus
  • Metro Early College Middle and High School
  • Southwestern City School District
  • United Schools Network
  • Upper Arlington Schools
  • Whitehall City Schools

Application and Registration

Please complete the Fall 2024 FEEP Application by Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

After completing the application, you will receive an information packet sent to your Buckeyemail. This information packet outlines all the requirements you need to fulfill before starting FEEP including registration, scheduling, background checks and other compliance documents. Please review the information packet carefully.

Note: All of our communications are sent to Ohio State/Buckeyemail addresses so be sure your Ohio State address is active and that you include that email in your application. We ask that you regularly check your e-mail, even during semester breaks, to ensure you do not miss important messages regarding the FEEP program.  


FEEP Director
Dr. Alana Telesman