ODU's Education Field Office organizes and administers all field and clinical experiences related to Ohio Dominican University’s teacher education programs.
ODU partners with many area school districts and their teachers to help provide quality and diverse field experiences for our future educators. While in the classrooms of experienced mentor teachers, candidates engage in real-world settings to develop a context for learning, enhance their skills, reflect on dispositions for working with others and relate theory to practice.
ODU Education students who are participating in field/clinical experiences must have updated FBI and BCII background checks on file in the
Division of Education prior to starting their placements each semester.
Background checks are valid for 365 days from the time they are completed and must remain valid through the duration of the field placement. Failure to complete this task in a timely manner could result in your withdraw from a course that has a field component.
Ohio law requires all individuals to have a baseline BCI and FBI criminal background check at the time they apply for their first Ohio educator license, certificate or permit. The Ohio Department of Education does not accept paper copies. All background check reports must be submitted electronically directly from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.
Therefore, when students complete their background checks, they are to check the Ohio Department of Education box under the ‘Reason Fingerprinted’ part of the application.
Students are responsible for the cost associated with having their criminal background checks updated. Students with previous convictions can access this link to the Ohio Department of Education to see if they are eligible to obtain a teaching license in the state of Ohio.
Hard copies of the FBI/BCII background checks should be mailed to:
Ohio Dominican UniversityAttn: Bonnie MillerDivision of Education1216 Sunbury RoadColumbus, OH 43219
ODU’s field placement coordinator and the necessary district administrators in districts with which we have a current contract arrange all field and clinical placements.
The Division of Education strives to provide students with a variety of placements, including those in urban, suburban, rural and even charter/private school settings.
Students working toward earning K-12 licensure (Visual Arts, TESOL, IS) are required to have field experiences in a variety of grade levels even if their desire is to teach at a specific level.
Students completing field/clinical placements will work with licensed educators in at least his/her third year of teaching. District administrators recommend cooperating teachers to be capable and willing mentors.
Students who plan to student teach during the fall semester must complete an application during the end of February/early March the previous spring semester.
For those student teaching in the spring, the application should be completed in early October.
Please submit in writing any special requests.
Education Field Office
Angie UhlenhakeField Placement Coordinator
Ohio Dominican University
Spangler Learning Center, Room 117A1216 Sunbury Road
Columbus, OH 43219