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First Education Experience Program (FEEP)

The First Education Experience Program (FEEP) is an Open Option Service Learning GE course that 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. 

As a service-learning course, 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, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 7 a.m. to noon

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

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

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

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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:

  • Bexley City Schools
  • Columbus City Schools
  • Focus Learning Academy of Central Columbus 
  • Focus Learning Academy of North Columbus
  • Graham Local Schools
  • Haugland Learning Center
  • 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 2022 FEEP Application by Friday, April 29, 2022 at 11:59p.m.

After completing 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 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. Make sure our email address, feep@osu.edu, is on your safe sender list to ensure your information packet and other important FEEP details do not end up in your spam folder.

Contact

FEEP Director
Dr. Alana Telesman
telesman.3@osu.edu

FEEP Administrative GTA
feep@osu.edu

FEEP Program Coordinator
Alex Wenglein
wenglein.1@osu.edu