Field Experience / Student Observations

  • Marion County Public School District places a high value on the student teaching experience.  High expectations and standards provide a focus for the success of this process.  We are committed to providing an effective learning environment for the student teacher as well as our own students. Therefore, the placement of student teachers, observers and interns is a careful and thoughtful process. 


    The Marion County Public School District is happy to accommodate students who are required to complete classroom observations for their coursework. The following district procedures were developed for classroom observation requests:


    The student must complete the Application to Volunteer AND the Application for Student Observation. The completed paperwork must be submitted at least two (2) weeks prior to the desired date of observation, along with a letter or course syllabus indicating that the observation is required to complete necessary coursework. The Teaching and Learning Department will contact the site administrator to obtain approval and a teacher assignment. After the site administrator has approved the request, the student will be notified of clearance details.


    Please Bring the following items to your appointment:

    1. Application to Volunteer
    2. Application for Student Observation (please make sure your professor has signed the document)
    3. Driver's License
    4. Copy of Class syllabus

    *Please wait to sign signature lines


    Please contact Jennifer Moorehead in Teaching and Learning at 352-867-2116 or email her at

Intern Placement


    Students must work through the field placement liaison at their college or university regarding potential MCPS placements. Students are not permitted to contact school or the Teaching and Learning Department directly to request placements. In order to comply with proper protocol, please review the Field Experience and Internship Procedures


    Timeline to Submit Documentation

    Spring Placement

    Applications must be received no later than the last Monday of October of each calendar year.

    Fall Placement

    Applications must be received no later than the last Monday of March of each calendar year. 


    MCPS currently maintains a standing partnership with the following institutions:





     The College of Central Florida


    Liberty University

    Saint Leo University

      University of Florida


    University of West Florida


    Western Governors University


    Institutions must agree to the district’s standard articulation agreement. This written agreement must be finalized before consideration can be given to full-time internship and student teaching placement requests.


Contact Information

  • Questions?

    Please contact: Kelly Gassman - Program Specialist - Area 3

    Kelly Gassman 352-867-2118

Last Modified on February 4, 2019