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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.

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 a Level 2 Security Badge labeled "Student Teacher". (Charter, private and out-of-county public schools may have separate security requirements).  Please see Instructions for Obtaining SDPBC Security Clearance for placement.

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 Demitruk.

Students enrolled in the EPI0950 Course Outline please visit EPI0950 Teaching Methods Practicum Information and please contact Interim Program Director
 Dr. Ruth S. Floreal at the Educator Preparation Institute for additional information. This process requires all students enrolled in practicum courses to complete the EPI Spring Survey for Practicum Placement.

For the complete Field Observation Process please visit: See below for Field Observation & Teaching Practicum term updates, Palm Beach County and Martin County security clearance, forms and SDPBC websites.


Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 Updates

WELCOME! We are excited to have new and returning students for our fall term term field observation and teaching practicum. Those of you who have registered in EDF2005, EDF2085 for the fall term 2022 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).  The details of the process can be found at Field Observation Process.

Please note: Under the School District of Palm Beach County's plan for the 2021/22 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 & EPI Practicum students are required to complete the EDF Spring Survey  or the EPI Spring Survey
(See #1) to start the placement process for all classes. Please see below for the application process:

  1. Log onto a secure site EDF Spring Survey for Field Observation and complete the online placement request form for Palm Beach County (PBC). Practicum students will need to complete the online placement request at EPI Spring Survey for Practicum
  2. The SDPBC Pre-Service Office is requiring all 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. For the current spring term EDF students are required to have a Level 2 Security Badge (PBCSD). 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 For Practicum placements you will need to secure a Clinical Educator certified in the same subject area as your SOE (Statement of Eligibility)


SDPBC Security Clearance Requirements

Students who want to keep their ID badges current, can be renewed between April 1 and June 30 of the year that they expire, at a cost of $6. After that, the student will need to make an appointment with the SDPBC School Police go through the full fingerprinting process for a cost of $99 to get their updated badge.

Given the time it takes to complete the fingerprinting, only those students who already have badges or who work in the school district can do their field observations with the PBCSD school district. Please go to the Field Observation module (on the Home page in Canvas, click on Major Assignment Field Observation) to read about the options for completing the assignment. 

Please be aware it takes 6-8 weeks to process badge requests. Field Observation students registering for fall 2022 EDF2005 and/or EDF2085 courses should be applying for their fall 2022 badges.

District Badging (Security Badges)

The badging process takes 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 you start the process for getting a Level II Security Badge. If you wait until Fall 2022 to get your badge you can complete your field observation in spring 2023.

Below is the process to obtain your badge: 

  • School Police/Fingerprinting is in the main building. 
  • Walk-ins are welcome. Appointments will be taken first.
  • FORM 1456 Background Information Check  (Attached) 
  • Social Security Card
  • Driver's License/Photo ID
  • Form of Payment for $99 Fingerprint Fee (Credit or Debit Card or Money Order)
  • At the time of Fingerprinting - Students should confirm with School Police staff on directions for how and when to pick up their badge.

Pathway to School Police/Fingerprinting Appointments online

School Police - please copy and paste link to get to the PBCSD School Police website: > Fingerprinting > Hours and Location > "Click here to Schedule an Appointment" >Appointment Locator; Select Site = @dropdown, choose "Fulton Holland Educational Services Center" @Select Service = "CONTRACTOR/VENDOR SCREENING" (Appointment calendar will load - select date, select time for appointment.

Link to Fingerprinting Appointment Page:     
(November appointment dates will be available by the end of the week)

*For SDPBC employees who observe, 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 an additional cost of $19.25 for a total of $25.25. SDPBC employees complete the online form and submit a badge like any other student to secure their placement for the fall term. All SDPBC employees are required to have a Level 2 Security Badge for classroom observation.

For those students needing badge renewals and those district employees with a current badge (needing a badge labeled Student Teacher), please complete a PBSD 2280 Badge Renewal form and make an appointment to renew your badge by visiting the Appointment Scheduler

For those students looking for placement with the Martin County School District, click on the link for Martin County Public School Placements

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 webpage 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

Charter/Private School Placements

Students can select placement in a charter or private school in Palm Beach, Martin or any of the surrounding counties are 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 and 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 teaching 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 Cyndi Demitruk 

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