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Field Observation

PLEASE READ BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON STUDENTS REQUIRING FIELD OBSERVATION HOURS FOR THE SUMMER 2020-3 TERM.

FOR THE UPCOMING FALL TERM 2021-1 UPDATES WILL BE POSTED HERE REGARDING FIELD OBSERVATION AND PRACTICUM HOURS. 


For information, please check the College's 
dedicated coronavirus (COVID-19) website, monitor our social media accounts and check your college email.

All remote course instruction, will continue through the summer term 2020-3. For those students taking courses requiring field observation your professor will have instruction on completing your classroom observation hours. 

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.

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

Students can complete their field observation 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 C. Demitruk.

Students enrolled in the Teacher Certification Program in the Educator Preparation Institute (EPI), please contact the Interim Early Childhood K-12 Programs Director Susy Martinez-White for details of the additional practicum placement requirements.

This process requires all students enrolled in field experience and practicum courses to complete the Field Observation Online Placement Request. For the complete Field Observation Process please go to www.palmbeachstate.edu/Field-Observation-Process.  See below for Field Observation term updates, badge information, forms and SDPBC websites.

 


  • Palm Beach County School District - Based on a recommendation from the Florida Department of Education, and a state-issued ‘Stay at Home’ order in Palm Beach County, Superintendent Donald E. Fennoy II has decided to close District-operated schools until further notice. This includes all PBC Charter Schools. Field Observation Students will be notified by their professors concerning updates on field observation hours. 
  • Complete the FIELD OBSERVATION (FO) ONLINE APPLICATION PLACEMENT REQUEST FORM (Instructions) to start the field observation placement process for all classes.  The form has two parts: 1) Students log onto a secure site (www.palmbeachstate.edu/forms/FieldExperience) and complete the online application placement request for Palm Beach and Martin County (MC) Public School placement or if they intend to select a charter, private or other county placement opportunity. 2) Students can either attach their Level 2 Security Badge (PBC public schools), Martin County Public School Security Letter, or completed and signed permission memo (charter, private or all other course public schools to the placement form prior to completing it OR log back into the online form at a later time to attach the badge, permission memo or MC security letter.
  • Access to the previous submitted online placement form is accomplished by going to www.palmbeachstate.edu/Students. Log in and click on "My Messages".  Find the message related to your online request and click on the link at the bottom of the message.  This will take you to the online request you have submitted and allow you to update it as needed, attach your badge or permission memo and resubmit the request.  Here are the Instructions for updating the previously submitted FO Online Placement form. If you are attaching a new badge or permission memo please note only one document can be uploaded and you will need to email your new badge or permission memo to demitruc@palmbeachstate.edu 
  • For students who do not work for the School District requesting public school placement, the full fingerprinting and background check must be done at a cost of $99 through the SDPBC Fingerprinting Office. The School District PBC Fingerprinting & Badge Office takes online credit/debit card payments for obtaining a Level 2 Security badge. Please go to for the SDPBC FO & Practicum Security Requirements and required forms. You must make this payment 24 hours before going in to get fingerprinted or submitting a badge renewal and you must bring your credit card payment receipt with you. (Students seeking Martin County Public School placements, please go to Martin County FO Opportunities)
  • Students who already work for the School District are also required to go through the online placement form submission.  These students can submit their existing Level 2 badge  (not school ID - Example of correct badges) and the placement process can be initiated.  Please keep in mind it is the SDPBC Pre-Service Office that requires you have your Student Teacher Badge prior to placement. This can be obtained at the SDPBC Fingerprinting office and is processed as a renewal. They will issue you a Student Teacher Badge while you wait at a cost of $6.
  • Field observation placement is limited during the period of FSA Testing during the spring term. Some schools do not allow access or limit student access to the school campus during the preparation period and test days. It is advisable to start the placement process as early as possible so that you can work with the assigned school contact to work around these blackout dates. Students can view the SDPBC School Calendar 2019-2020 for the FSA testing dates.

Field Observation Notes:

*You can access your original request and update it by going to www.palmbeachstate.edu/Students. Log in and click on "My Messages".  Find the message related to your online request and click on the link at the bottom of the message.  This will take you to the online request you have submitted and allow you to update it as needed, attach a file, and resubmit the request. (Instructions for accessing original placement request)

*Some of you are submitting public school employee or teacher or after-school counselor badges rather than the District Level 2 Student Teacher badge. I can start your placement process, but I cannot notify you of your placement assignment until I receive a Level 2 Security Badge that is labeled "Student Teacher". Please note those who have current badges may complete the SDPBC Renewal Form 2280, go to the SDPBC Fingerprinting & Badge Office and they ill issue you a student teacher badge for a cost of $6.00 while you wait.

 

Private/Charter/Out-of-County School Placements

The School District of Palm Beach County is the sponsor of 51 charter schools. They will not offer summer school for PBC Charter Schools. Please check the school district webpage www.palmbeachschools.org regarding charter school openings. For private school schedule please check the directory by visiting Palm Beach County Private School Directory check on their re-opening schedules or remote instruction schedules.


Private, Charter or Out-of-County (i.e. Broward, Hendry) school placements are secured by the student
and approved by the course professor before an observation schedule is arranged.  For the entire process on these placements please visit Private/Charter/Other-County/FO-Placement-Opportunities. The required Permission Memo needs to completed and signed by the school director or principal and added to the FO Online Placement Request F
orm (Instructions for adding the Permission Memo) or emailed to Cyndi C. Demitruk. Please note for Charter School field observation/practicum - PBSC students with charter school badges, you still need to submit a permission memo to process your placement for your field observation/practicum assignment. Out of County Public Schools (Broward, Hendry) require a Permission Memo. Please make sure to follow the county school district security clearance process.


Dress Code and Professional Behavior:

Please be aware that this is an activity that will reflect on Palm Beach State and on your future job prospects with the School District.  As you know flip flops, shorts, halters/midriff tops, leggings worn as pants, sagging trousers, revealing  or baggy clothes are not appropriate clothing nor is disrespectful talk or inappropriate actions for observation in any school venue.  In the case of a problem, the SDPBC Pre-Service Office will contact me.  I will contact your professor to determine the best course of action and then notify you of any decision that is made related to the incident.

Additionally, you should treat this activity professionally.  If you schedule a time to be at the school and cannot make it, you should contact the school to let them know. Students may not show up unannounced.  All your time at the school must be scheduled and cleared with your assigned classroom teacher or the assistant principal.

In all cases, please communicate professionally with the School Placement (Assistant Principal) contact as this reflects on Palm Beach State College and your future employment as a teaching professional.

 


Field Observation (FO) Forms, FAQ's, & Information for Professors:

PBSC FO Forms, PBC & Martin County School District Forms
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) About FO
Field Observation Information for Professors


Get answers to questions about Field Observation, by filling out the FO Online Inquiry Form.

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