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Completing Your Field Experience. Procedural Guidelines You Need to Know. George Mason University. Online Registration. EVERY STUDENT MUST REGISTER online for field experience! Placement Options. Option 1: Arrange your own placement

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Completing your field experience

Completing YourField Experience

Procedural Guidelines You Need to Know

George Mason University

Online registration
Online Registration

  • EVERY STUDENT MUST REGISTER online for field experience!


Placement options
Placement Options

  • Option 1: Arrange your own placement

    • Only allowed if you are a current contracted employee of the public school system!

    • Substitute teachers cannot arrange their own placements with the public schools.

  • Must be at an accredited school

Placement options1
Placement Options

  • Option 2: Request (online) and the Clinical Practice Specialist will arrange the placement for you

  • There are NO location preferences.

Registration deadlines
Registration Deadlines

  • Fall- Register by September 15

  • Spring- Register by February 15

Communicating with the school
Communicating with the School

  • Be polite, courteous, and professional in your correspondence with them!

Communicating with the school1
Communicating with the School

  • Things to mention in your email to the school contact person:

    • Your name

    • Preferred subject area

    • How many hours of observations you need to complete

  • He or she will put you in contact with a teacher

  • Give the teacher a copy of your syllabus

Working out a schedule
Working Out a Schedule

  • Be flexible when scheduling your observations

  • Do NOT drop by unannounced.

  • Be patient


  • If for some reason you need to cancel your placement, PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL and the Clinical Practice Specialist.

10 tips for success
10 Tips for Success


  • Be on your most responsible, courteous behavior.

  • Arrive early for your scheduled observations.

  • Ask the teacher to sign the documentation form AFTER your observations are complete.

  • Be respectful of your host’s teaching style.

  • Follow along with class activities.

  • NO cell phones/texting, and NO gum.

  • Stay engaged; take notes.

  • Ask questions of your host teacher.

  • Remember to conduct yourself well and make it a meaningful experience.


  • Documentation forms are available on the Field Experience Registration website:


    • They should be turned in to your instructor if he or she requests them.


  • Contact Comfort Uanserume, Clinical Practice Specialist


  • 703-993-9777

  • Try email first!