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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

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 Dr. Karline S. Prophete 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 visit: www.palmbeachstate.edu/Field-Observation-Process.  See below for Field Observation term updates, badge information, forms and SDPBC websites.

 


Welcome! Students who are registered in EDF2005, EDF2085 are required to complete 15 hours of field observation for each course and those students registered in EPI0950 are required to complete 30 hours of practicum.  Please read below on the process to fill out the Field Observation (FO) Online Placement form (www.palmbeachstate.edu/field-observation):

All students must complete the ONLINE PLACEMENT FORM* form to start the field observation placement process for all classes. Please read below on the process to fill out the Online Placement Form

  1. Students log onto a secure site (palmbeachstate.edu/forms/FieldExperience*) and complete the online placement request form for Palm Beach and Martin County (MC) public school placement or if they intend to select a charter, private, or out-of-county select "Other" for the placement location and complete all related screens to charter/private/out-of-county placement.

  2. FOR PBC PUBLIC SCHOOL PLACEMENTS - The SDPBC Pre-Service Office is requiring all students requesting placement in a PBC Public School to specify a grade level and a subject area for their classroom observation.  You may ask for a particular Palm Beach County Public School (please visit https://www.palmbeachschools.org/ for a list of PBC Public Schools) for your field placement and the Pre-Service office will do everything to accommodate your request.  You can type in the grade level and name of school you wish to observe under the “Any Special Considerations” section of the online placement form.

  3. Students can either attach the required Student Teacher Badge or a signed Permission memo (Private, Charter or Out-of-County schools) or MC Security Clearance Letter to the placement form prior to completing it OR log back into the online form at a later time to attach the badge, letter or memo.

First-time students requesting public school placement for their field observation who do not work for the School District, the full fingerprinting and background check must be done at a cost of $99 through the SDPBC Fingerprinting & Badge Office. Palm Beach State has created an easy step-by-step security clearance process for FO/Practicum Students: SDPBC Security Clearance Requirements (Fingerprinting & Background Information Check)

Students can pre-pay online for  badge renewals
with VISA/MC credit/debit card at School District Prepay Credit/Debit Card Badge Renewals. Or they may renew their badge in person at the SDPBC Fingerprinting and Badge Office and you can be issued a new badge while you wait for a cost of $6. You can pay by money order or by VISA/MC debit/credit card.  You will need to complete the SDPBC Badge Renewal Form 2280.

Current SDPBC employees who have had their badges for five years or more may pay an additional fee when renewing their badges to have their background check updated-total cost for the renewal is $25.25.Please note students need a badge labeled Student Teacher and must include the expiration date.

The SDPBC Pre-Service Placement Office will not accept Aftercare Counselor, Substitute, Vendor, Asst Behavioral, or  Paraprofessional badges for observation. All Palm Beach State FO and Practicum students must present a current Student Teacher Badge with the expiration date (FO - Practicum Sample Badge) prior to starting their classroom observation.

The SDPBC Fingerprinting Office accepts online payments in addition to money orders for renewals and new badges in addition to taking money orders.  Go to www.palmbeachschools.org/SchoolCashOnline/Credit&DebitPayments for directions to the school district online payment process.


CHARTER/PRIVATE/OTHER COUNTY SCHOOL PLACEMENTS:

Charter, Private or Other 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 Form (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.

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, short shorts, halter/midriff tops, leggings worn as pants, sagging trousers, revealing, dirty or baggy clothes are not appropriate dress nor is disrespectful talk or inappropriate actions for observation in any school venue.  In the case of a problem, the school principal or director 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.  You should also not show up unannounced.  All your time at the school should be scheduled and cleared with your classroom teacher or the assistant principal.

In all cases, please communicate professionally with the School Placement contacts 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:

Field Observation 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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