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  Shannon Hall began serving as the Office of Field Placement, Licensure and Alternate Route Director in August 2014. She was ESU’s licensure officer for almost eight years before becoming the director.  As director, she is involved with placing students for student teaching, practicum placements, and other field experiences. She works closely with the university supervisors and planning student teacher meetings. She also directs the Alternate Route program and works with hiring school officials to coordinate with an individual who meets the state regulations for a Restricted Teaching/School Specialist License to complete a teacher education program in this manner. She can be contacted by phone at 620-341-5447, or by e-mail

Mary Benjamin is the Administrative Specialist in Field Placement and Licensure. Mary joined the Office of Field Placement and Licensure in January 2016. She began at ESU in 2010 as the Sr. Administrative Assistant in the Elementary Ed office and The Teachers College Dean’s office. Mary assists with student teaching placements, arranges practicum placements, and manages funding and payments to cooperating teachers and students as appropriate. She is also responsible for communication with university supervisors and for planning student teacher meetings. Please contact her by phone 620-341-5447, or by e-mail

2017-rittgers-120px Debra Rittgers is the Senior Administrative Specialist in Field Placement and Licensure. Debbie joined the Office of Field Placement and Licensure in March 2016. Please contact her by phone 620-341-5654, or by e-mail
  2016-baldwin-120px Andra Baldwin began her word as a Licensure Officer beginning in October 2014. Her main function is as a liaison between the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) and the educators that complete licensure programs at ESU (for teaching, school specialist licenses, as well as building and district administration licenses). She provides direction and instructions for those interested in applying for licenses or endorsements, but is also tasked with interpreting various KSDE regulations and making them accessible to educators, students, faculty & staff. Additionally, she welcomes questions regarding PRAXIS and School Leadership Series (SLS) tests. Please contact her by phone at 620-341-5412 or by e-mail
2018-cosby-120px Renee (Cosby) Salazar joined the Office of Field Placement and Licensure in August 2013.  She coordinates and places students, from multiple departments, in tutoring, observations, field experiences, practicums, and internships throughout school districts in Kansas and Missouri.  Renee secures tutoring placements for the ED/EL 220 classes, monitors their performance, and assists the instructors when needed. Renee also hires tutors for the Family Literacy Program.  These tutors are placed in the areas of Reading/Literacy (K -5th) and Math (K-9th).  Please contact her by phone at 620-341-5802 or by e-mail at