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First Education Experience Program (FEEP)

FEEP will be offered during the 2021-2022 academic year. Due to COVID restrictions, the FEEP team is working closely with our district and school colleagues as we create relevant experiences for our FEEP students. FEEP students are serving in online, hybrid and in-person formats depending on the COVID restrictions in our partnering districts. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at

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 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

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.


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
  • 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

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.

Application and Registration

Use our online application to apply. The Spring 2022 application will close on November 26, 2021. All compliance documents must be completed by December 3rd, 2021 @ 6:00PM. All students are accepted into the program, but there are limited spots available for placement.

By completing the application, you are committing to taking FEEP during the term for which you are applying. A completed application is mandatory for registration. If after completing the application you are unable to participate in FEEP, it is your responsibility to let the FEEP Program Assistant know immediately. 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 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,, is on your safe sender list to ensure your information packet and other important FEEP details do not end up in your spam folder.


FEEP Director
Alana Telesman

FEEP Administrative GTA

FEEP Program Assistant

Juliana Huelshoff-Ahumada