College of Education

3/16/2020 | 10:33 a.m.

Undergraduate and Graduate Classes on the Macon Campus, Atlanta Campus and Regional Academic Centers

Consistent with the president’s message of Sunday, March 15, all classes are suspended until March 23. Beginning March 23, all instruction will be delivered online until April 3. On or before April 3 a decision will be made about extending virtual formats until the end of the spring term. Students should check with their course instructors for specific information about online delivery.

Field Experiences

Students in officially closed schools or other fieldwork placements will be excused from participating in clinical experiences. Students should follow the guidance of school officials and not return to school until advised to do so. It is important that students communicate with their University supervisors about school closings and work missed.

Consistent with the position of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC), Tift College students participating in student teaching and other school-based or childcare internships will not be penalized due to COVID-19 and the resulting school or facility closures. If a school or childcare facility is closed for an extended period, accommodations will be made to ensure that students are able to complete the field experience courses in which they are enrolled. If determined appropriate, alternative arrangements will be made to ensure program completion and certification fieldwork requirements have been met. If completing the required field experience hours is impossible due to a mandatory school closure, waiving the remaining field hours requirement will be considered.

The Tift College faculty and Office of Field Placement will, to the extent possible, enable student teachers and interns to participate in online teaching with mentor teachers and P-12 students, work with school partners to adjust and/or extend placements to allow for the completion of edTPA, and, when facing significant disruption to the student teaching or internship experience, consider alternate approaches for determining candidate readiness for program completion. In addition, the College may, in consultation with GaPSC staff, provide special accommodations for candidates to complete edTPA and GACE Content Assessment requirements.

University supervisors are directed to communicate with students under their supervision in order to assess the need for instructional accommodations. If deemed warranted, supervisors may engage student teachers or interns in virtual activities such as discussing school practices, reviewing edTPA submission requirements, studying exemplar video lessons and lesson plans, and analyzing P-12 student work samples, among others to address field experience requirements.

On or about March 23, the thread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Georgia and its impact on the delivery of Tift College classes, especially those that involve field-based experiences in P-12 schools and childcare facilities, will be reassessed. This reassessment will determine how the plan described here is modified.

Questions?

For questions specific to undergraduate programs delivered on the Macon campus and all programs delivered at the Henry and Douglas Regional Academic Centers, contact:

Dr. Sharon Augustine, Chair for Macon and Regional Academic Centers
Stetson Hall
(478) 301-2677
augustine_sm@mercer.edu

For all other questions specific to teacher education and educational leadership programs delivered on the Atlanta campus, contact:

Dr. Lucy Bush, Chair for Atlanta Teacher Education and Educational Leadership
Business and Education Building
(678) 547-6390
bush_lj@mercer.edu

For other questions regarding the Tift College of Education, contact:

Dr. Thomas Koballa, Dean
Stetson Hall and Business and Education Building
(678) 547-6333 and (478) 301-5397
koballa_tr@mercer.edu