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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.

Fall 2022 Updates

Please note students applying for a new security badge for the fall 2022 term: this process takes eight (8) weeks. Students who currently have security badges should start renewing them. 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 fall term 2022, students  are required to complete 15 hours of field observation for each course. Students registered in EPI0950 are required to complete 30 hours of field observation (practicum experience). Instructions are below with details of the process.

Please note: Under the School District of Palm Beach County's plan for the 2022/2023 academic year, which is slated to begin on Aug. 10, facial coverings will be optional for all students, staff members, and visitors inside school buildings.

ALL EDF Field Observation (FO) students & EPI Practicum students are required to complete the EDF Fall 2022 survey or the EPI Fall 2022 survey
(See #1) to start the placement process for all classes.

Please see 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 will need to use your PBSC Student Issued Email Address ( for all correspondence and when completing the survey.
  2. The SDPBC Pre-Service Office is instructing students requesting placement in a PBC 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 OR 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. For Practicum placements you will need to secure a Clinical Educator certified in the same subject area as your SOE (Statement of Eligibility). 


The badging process can take up to eight (8) weeks to complete. This is a nation-wide issue. To have fall 2022 field observation students prepared to observe in August 2022, it is imperative to start the process now for getting a Level II Security Badge. If you wait until the fall 2022 term to start the fingerprinting process, you may have to wait until spring 2023 to complete your field observation or practicum course. 

New Instructions for Fingerprinting Appointments:

All Pre Service (FO & Practicum) students will now use an outside vendor in order to obtain a District ID Badge. The PBC School District has partnered with FieldPrint to process Fingerprints for School District ID Badging. Those students who have obtained their 2022-2023 badge before the process was put in place 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

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

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.) also 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. 

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