Office of Clinical Experiences and Certification

The Office of Clinical Experiences and Certification (OCEC) serves as the liaison between the College of Education and Human Services educator preparation programs and the P-12 schools for arranging placements for candidates to complete field experiences and clinical practice.

The OCEC will, in cooperation with the academic programs, college support offices, and stakeholders, and in accordance with relevant college, state, and national regulations:

  • Keep current with and adhere to all relevant state and national standards and policies governing field experiences and clinical practice.
  • Make assignments of candidates to field experience and clinical practice placements, in accordance with state/accreditation standards, subsequent to a review and approval by the associated academic programs.
  • Ensure that the Master Placement Database stays current and that the availability of all process-related files is consistent with the approved COEHS process timelines.
  • Work cooperatively with the academic departments to schedule and implement P-12 mentor orientation and professional development.
  • Work cooperatively with the academic departments to schedule and implement supervisor and candidate orientation.
  • Ensure the OCEC website, clinical practice handbooks, and other clinical practice resources are accurate, current, and accessible.
  • Check all field experience and clinical practice applications to verify that candidates meet qualifications for field experiences and clinical practice as specified by the academic programs and the EPP.
  • Notify relevant supervisors and academic department heads of any concerns or issues related to field experience or clinical practice placements.
  • Upon request by a department, provide support regarding issues arising during field or clinical practice placements.
  • Participate in the approved COEHS Mentor Evaluation process.
  • Maximize the use of current technology to ensure efficiency of OCEC operations.

If you need assistance of any kind or an explanation on how to make use of the resources provided on this website, feel free to contact our office at any time.

All contact with partner schools regarding placements must be made by the CEC Office. 

 Office of Clinical Experiences and Certification

Dewar College of Education and Human Services

Suite 2030

Phone: (229) 253-2779

Fax: (229) 333-5360

Staff:


Mrs. Renee Whitmer, Director of Clinical Experiences and Certification, 229-249-2786, brwhitmer@valdosta.edu 

Mrs. Jessica Pippin, Clinical Experiences Coordinator, 229-333-7834, jnpippin@valdosta.edu