About the Educational Field Office

At the University of Dayton, the primary purpose of the educational field practicum is to enable students to develop competence in practice skills within the framework of teacher education values and ethics. The field practicum provides opportunities for students to perform classroom tasks under the supervision of a field instructor and encourages the integration and application of concepts and principles learned in both the classroom and the practicum agency.

About field placement

All field office assignments for student teaching are arranged by the Educational Field Office. We make every effort to accommodate your needs; however, a student teacher will not be placed in a school district in which s/he lives or has attended. It is the policy of the School of Education & Allied Professions to place students in a variety of districts, including a "high-needs" school, as defined and required by the State of Ohio. Students are asked not to contact schools until notified to do so by the Educational Field Office coordinator. Credit is given only for student teaching assigned by the university through the Educational Field Office and supervised by university faculty.

FOR ALL School of Education & Health Sciences STUDENTS

All teacher education students seeking initial licensure are required to have both the BCI&I and the FBI background checks completed regardless of how many years they have lived in Ohio.   

Where and When to Get Background Checks

School of Education & Health Sciences students can complete BCI&I and FBI background checks via the WebCheck background check system  in the OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY located on the first floor of College Park Center.

WebCheck background checks are conducted Monday through Friday. 

What to Bring


  • Undergraduate Teacher Education students: No charge for the 2014-15 academic year. Students must be enrolled in a course with a lab at the time of fingerprinting. 
  • Graduate School of Education & Health Sciences students: $55.00 paid to Bursar’s Office. Receipt must be provided to EFO before fingerprinting.

Background Check Results

The results are returned directly to the Educational Field Office. Results are typically received within a week; however, convictions and guilty pleas may necessitate additional checks, and it could take one to two months to receive the results. Students may obtain one copy of their background checks from the Educational Field Office by showing proof of identification.

Criminal Background

Students who have been convicted of a crime should see the information supplied by The Ohio Department of Education Standards for Licensure (pdf) >>

Be sure you have the forms you need.


  • Undergraduate candidates: First Wednesday of February
  • Post-baccalaureate initial teaching licensure candidates: First Wednesday of September
  • All graduate candidates (including Early Childhood Education and Preschool Special Needs Education): June 1 for clinical experience in spring semester or first Wednesday of February for clinical experience in summer and fall semesters



To prepare to interview for jobs, candidates are encouraged to build a credential file on the online Hire a Flyer network at the University of Dayton's Career Services. Candidates and alumni can view job listings, schedule interviews and find information about on-campus career events.


Early Childhood Clinical Educator Information 

Middle Childhood Clinical Educator Information

*OSTP (Ohio Standard for the Teaching Profession) 

Adolescence to Young Adult Clinical Educator Information

Intervention Specialist Clinical Educator Information

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Welcome to the School of Education & Allied Professions. Our faculty, staff and administrators invite you to meet us and to learn what our programs have to offer.
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Collins, Tracy A.

Educational Field Office CoordinatorStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Teacher Education
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Cooper, Carla R.

Educational Placement SpecialistStaffSchool of Education and Health Sciences: Teacher Education

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Educational Field Office
University of Dayton
School of Education & Health Sciences
300 College Park Ave.
Dayton, OH 45469-2969

Office Location: College Park Center, Suite 618

Tracy A. Collins
Educational Field Office Coordinator

Carla Cooper
Educational Placement Specialist