Field Experiences & Internships

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With more than 150 hours in field experiences completed in a variety of school settings before the 14-week internship (student teaching), our programs provide you with the necessary knowledge, skills, and dispositions to be successful in the classroom. The Field Experience and Internship Office plays a valuable role in your AU experience.

Ashland University is one of the 15 institutions in the United States that are members of the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST).  Only students enrolled in one of the selected institutions may participate in COST. You can apply to complete 7 weeks of your internship through COST in countries such as Australia, Greece, Ireland, etc. through the Office of Field Experiences and Internships. Take a look at a Blog from one of our former students, when she was doing the COST experience in Cork, Ireland.

Image of a fountain in Celebration, FloridaThe Dwight Schar College of Education has partnerships with school districts in South Carolina and Florida where teacher candidates can complete seven weeks or 14 weeks of their internship (student teaching) in the south through the Southern Internship Program. This program provides opportunities for teacher candidates to “step out” of Ohio and experience teaching in these southern locales. They have great experiences that often lead to that valuable first position. 

“The most memorable thing that I can take from this, besides the whole experience itself, is the relationships that I made.” “From the kids and teachers, to my host family, and to the other interns, I developed relationships that I will never forget” - Heidi Roland – former Southern Intern. 

Image of Katie doing COST"Ireland is absolutely breathtaking. I am incredibly lucky to be doing a portion of my student teaching here. I have been exposed to another culture and been welcomed in. The amount that I have learned already will be with me for my entire life. Teaching in Ireland is different than teaching in the United States. I look forward to coming back and sharing with others all that I have been exposed to. I have definitely been busy but the good kind of busy! I can honestly say that this experience has changed my life and will make me a better educator. It is going to be hard for me to leave!" - Kaitlyn Adkins, part of the COST program.

Ashland University's Dwight Schar College of Education is a proud member of the Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching

On or before the deadline for application, students need to contact Rebecca Parillo ( and Bill White ( to request an interview to become a part of the COST experience.  Deadlines for applications are November 15th for Fall placements and May 1st for Spring placements.