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Field Observation

Courses that Require Field Observation (FO) & Teaching Practicum

Students enrolled in EDF2005 Introduction to The Teaching Profession and EDF2085 Introduction to Diversity for Educators are required to complete 15 hours of Field Observation (FO) for each course. Students enrolled in EPI0950 Teaching Methods Practicum are required to complete 30 hours of practicum. For course descriptions please visit the current College catalog and enter the course number.

The purpose of Field Observation (FO) is to provide meaningful learning experiences for pre-service educators in accordance with state mandated guidelines for teacher preparation. Through Field Observation, students should have an opportunity to:

  • Observe best practices and techniques for effective classroom management
  • Connect theory with practice
  • Obtain assistance in career decisions
  • Develop personal skills and values

The School District requires that all students placing in the public schools have to go through FieldPrint for the new badging process. (Charter, private and out-of-county public schools may have separate security requirements).  Please see instructions below for obtaining a Badge and Background Check for placement.

Students can complete their field observation / teaching practicum through a variety of ways. Public school, charter school, and private school settings are available, as well as placement opportunities in the surrounding counties. Students may select the venue that works the best for them. 

If you have questions about the field observation (FO) assignment requirements, please consult with your professor. Questions about the observation placement process should be directed to Cyndi Demitruk.

Students enrolled in the EPI0950 Course please visit EPI0950 Teaching Methods Practicum Information and  contact the Program Director
 Dr. Ruth S. Floreal at the Educator Preparation Institute for additional information. This process will require students enrolled in EPI0950 practicum course to complete the EPI Fall Survey for PBCSD practicum placement. 

See below for Field Observation & Teaching Practicum term updates, Palm Beach County and Martin County security clearance, forms and SDPBC websites. For Practicum Students only: we have an affiliation agreement with St. Lucie Public Schools for students enrolled in EPI0950 to complete their practicum hours.


Spring 2023 Updates

Please note students applying for a new security badge for the spring 2023 term: this process can take up to two weeks after the FieldPrint process. Security badges for fall 2022 are valid through the Spring 2023 term. For those of you are registered in EDF2005 and/or EDF2085 for the Spring 2023 session, students  are required to complete 15 hours of field observation for each course. Students registered in EPI0950 are required to complete 30 hours of practicum experience. Instructions are below with details of the process.

It is imperative students start the badge process with FieldPrint right away. The process time is moving quicker and now it takes two to three weeks. If you haven't received your badge after three weeks please contact the Fingerprinting and Badges Office (561) 434-8700 to see if your fingerprints and photo have been issued to their office. If you have received your badge please take a picture and send via email to demitruc@palmbeachstate.edu 

Please note: Students cannot start their field observation / practicum  experience until they have attended  the first day of class for details of the assignment. Students also need to have to complete the field observation survey placement application and  have their student teacher badge.

Students may not self place in a Palm Beach County School or contact the school directly.

ALL EDF Field Observation (FO) students & EPI Practicum students are required to complete the EDF Spring 2023 Placement Survey or the EPI Spring 2023 Placement Survey (See #1) to start the placement process for all classes.
*PLEASE NOTE THE PLACEMENT SURVEY LINKS SHOULD BECOME AVAILABLE DEC. 12, 2022 THROUGH DEC 20, 2022. CHECK BACK ON THIS PAGE PERIODICALLY TO SEE IF THE SPRING 2023 SURVEY LINKS ARE AVAILABLE.

Please see instructions below for the application process:

  1. Students seeking placement in a Palm Beach County Public School (PBCSD) are required to complete the fall 2022 Survey. Those students taking EDF Field Observation Courses please complete the online placement (survey) request form. Practicum students please complete the online placement (survey) request form for PBCSD placement. You MUST use your PBSC Student Issued Email Address (@my.palmbeachstate.edu) for all correspondence and when completing the survey.
  2. The SDPBC Pre-Service Office is instructing students requesting placement in a Palm Beach County Public School to specify the school name or city, grade level and/or subject area for their classroom observation. (Please be aware Boca Raton area elementary schools fill up quickly due to the university placing interns)
  3. EDF Field Observation Students & EPI Practicum Students are required to have a Level 2 Security Badge (PBCSD). See instructions below for obtaining a badge. For Martin County Schools, EDF/EPI students need a Security Clearance Letter.

    Those seeking placement (both EDF & EPI) in a private or charter school, a completed and signed permission memo. Once you have the completed and signed memo please email a copy to your professor and to Cyndi Demitruk at demitruc@palmbeachstate.edu. Practicum placements will need to secure a Clinical Educator certified in the same subject area as your SOE (Statement of Eligibility). See below for detailed instructions on Private/Charter School Placement.

Important

The badging process can take up to three weeks to complete. To have Spring 2023 field observation students prepared to observe in January 2023, it is imperative to start the process now for getting a Student Teacher Security Badge. If you wait until the Spring 2023 session to start the fingerprinting process, you may have to wait two to three weeks to start your field observation or practicum. 

Instructions for Fingerprinting Appointments

All Pre Service (FO & Practicum) students now use an outside vendor FieldPrint in order to obtain a District ID Student Teacher Badge. The PBC School District has partnered with FieldPrint to process fingerprints for School District ID Badging. Students must make an appointment with FieldPrint to start the process. Those students who have obtained their 2022-2023 badge before the new process was put in place or obtained their badge in fall 2022 are fine.

Field Observation & Practicum Students must register online to schedule an appointment for fingerprinting at FieldPrint Appointments. Students will need the CODE printed on page 2 of the directions. For acceptable forms of identification please visit: Documents for Fingerprinting SDPBC. If you have any questions please contact the FieldPrint Customer Service Team at 877-614-4364 or customerservice@fieldprint.com Should you need additional assistance please contact your professor or the PBSC Coordinator at 561-868-3617. 

For SDPBC employees and students needing badge renewals the renewal cost is $6 unless they have had their badge for five years or more. At that point, the SDPBC now requires them to have their background check renewed at a cost of $19.25 every five years for required resubmission to FDLE and FBI. All SDPBC employees and field observation students will need to make an appointment with FieldPrint Pre-Service Badging Directions for their renewal for classroom observation.

For those students looking for placement with the Martin County School District, visit the Martin County Public School Placements web page

EPI students seeking placement in St. Lucie Public Schools, please contact Mollie G. Dunn Coordinator, Recruitment & Retention at 772-429-7519 on the availability of a Clinical Educator, that is certified in the same subject area as the student's SOE. All students will need to obtain security clearance by going to St Lucie Public Schools College Student. Once you are on the web page scroll down to College Students for instructions on obtaining a security clearance. If you have any issues with the process contact customer service team at 877-614-4364 or customerservice@fieldprint.com



Private/Charter/Out-of-County Placements

Students can select placement in a charter or private school in Palm Beach, Martin or any of the surrounding counties willing to place the student for observation. This placement must be approved by the course professor as appropriate for the assignment and may require specific security identification to qualify. 

To secure this type of placement, the student should contact the school principal/administrator that does observation placements and ask:

  1. if the school is doing field observation placements?
  2. if they are, what the security requirements are for placement?
  3. what dates and times the student may do the observation?

If the administrator agrees to place the student, the student fills in a permission memo, prints it out and takes it to the administrator to complete and sign. The student then signs the permission memo and turns it into their course professor or scans it and emails it to me. The permission memo is found at Permission Memo

Please note for Charter School field observation: Palm Beach State students with charter school badges, still need to submit a permission memo to process your placement for your field observation or practicum assignment. Out-of-county public schools (Broward, Dade, Hendry etc.) require a Permission Memo. Please be sure to follow the county school district security clearance process. Once you have the completed and signed permission memo, please email a copy to your professor and to the Academic Coordinator at demitruc@palmbeachstate.edu

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