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Field Experience FAQs

To help in the process of enrolling in EDUTL 2189: Pre-Education Field Experience, the following are answers to common questions about the course.

Is my placement during the scheduled course day/time?

No. The course day/time is for seminar class. Your field placement occurs at day/time that works with your schedule and connects to your scholarly interest. This will be determined by you and the program coordinator.

Will I be placed in a classroom?

There are multiple field placement sites that include either classroom or non-classroom settings (i.e. after school programs, Columbus Public Library homework help)

Are EDUTL 2189 and FEEP the same?

No. While EDUTL 2189 and FEEP (ESCE 2189S) have similar course numbers, they are two entirely different programs. EDUTL 2189 is required for all undergraduate education pre-majors in the Department of Teaching and Learning while FEEP (ESCE 2189S) is open to all undergraduate students who want to explore education as a possible career path. Talk with your academic advisor to see if you need to take both EDUTL 2189 and FEEP, or just FEEP.

Do I need to save specific days and times in my class schedule for my EDUTL 2189 Placement?

No. An email from your instructor is sent with field placement site options based on your area of study.

What if I do not have transportation?

There are some placement sites within walking distance or a short bus ride. In addition, we try to assist in coordinating ride shares to locations with classmates.

What will I do at my placement?
  • This is more than observation.
  • You are expected to take on responsibility in engaging in activities and program expectations, assisting the mentor whenever possible and as determined appropriate.
  • You should discuss your experience and work with your mentor to gain constructive feedback and ask questions as time allows within their schedule.
  • What you do at your site will vary. Whatever you are doing, you should be professional, energetic, positive, helpful and considerate at all times.
  • You are expected to take the initiative to acclimate to the placement setting, familiarizing yourself with procedures, routines, space and program expectations.
What if I already work in a childcare, after-school program, or education related employment; can I complete my field placement hours there?

No. Due to placement agreements with sites and The Ohio State University, you must complete your field placement with one of the predetermined sites offered for this course.

I cannot find the correct section number for EDUTL 2189. How do I add this course?

The sections of EDUTL 2189 are hidden. you will receive an email on how to enroll in the course after submitting your application. Then use the search function in Buckeyelink to find the course section number. Contact your advisor if you experience difficulties.

What happens if I do not have all my required documents submitted before the deadline I was given?

All documents need to be submitted by the deadline specified in the Carmen compliance document shell. Usually, all documents are due prior to the end of the semester in which you applied. If your documents are not submitted by the deadline (including cleared background checks) you will not be able to start your placement. It is important to start completing the requirements as soon as you receive the invitation to the Carmen compliance shell

Please note that background checks are considered completed only 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 EDUTL 2189 application.

Are both FBI and BCI checks needed if I am a resident of the state of Ohio?

Yes, all schools/districts in the area require a record of both the BCI&I and FBI background checks on file before they allow you to enter the schools and interact with students.

Can I have my background checks completed in my hometown or home state or do they need to be completed here on campus?

The FBI check can be completed in any state. The BCI check needs to be completed in Ohio. We strongly recommend that you complete new background checks through Ohio State’s Office of Human Resources (OHR). Background checks completed on campus have a faster turnaround time and the campus police are familiar with the specific checks we require in our program.

If you purchase new background checks off-campus then both your BCI and FBI results are required to be sent directly to OHR from the Attorney General’s Office. Please contact the background check coordinator to find out if any other paperwork is needed so OHR can send your background check information to Ohio State’s Office of Accreditation, Placement and Licensure.

Background Check Coordinator: HR-BackgroundChecks@osu.edu or 614-292-3595.

Where do I have my background checks sent to?

Background checks completed with Ohio State’s Office of Human Resources (OHR) are automatically sent to the Office of Accreditation, Placement and Licensure. You should inform OHR staff that your background checks are for the EDUTL 2189 course.

If you purchase new background checks off-campus then both your BCI and FBI results are required to be sent directly to OHR from the Attorney General’s Office. Please contact the background check coordinator to find out if any other paperwork is needed so OHR can send your background check information to Ohio State’s Office of Accreditation, Placement and Licensure.

Background Check Coordinator: HR-BackgroundChecks@osu.edu or 614-292-3595.

I worked for an agency or employer that required me to have a background check completed, do I need to complete another one for EDUTL 2189?

Background checks are only valid for one calendar year and must be for a specific code. The code for the BCI must be 3319.39 B3 School Employees - Teachers Only. The code for the FBI must be 3319.39.

It is likely you will need to purchase new background checks since all background checks must be sent to OHR directly from the Attorney General’s Office. OHR will not accept background checks from you or your employer. You may be able to request that the Attorney General’s Office send a copy of your BCI background check to OHR, but they cannot reissue your FBI background check.