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Field Observation

Courses that Require Field Observation (FO) & Teaching Practicum

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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 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 is to provide meaningful learning experiences for pre-service educators in accordance with state mandated guidelines for teacher preparation. 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 / 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.

For Practicum Students only: we have an affiliation agreement with St. Lucie Public Schools for students enrolled in EPI0950 to complete their practicum hours.

The Palm Beach County School District Pre-Service Office is not placing students for the summer 2023 term. Those enrolled in Summer 2023 classes EDF2005 and/or EDF2085, can look for field observation opportunities in a private or charter school. Please visit Charter/Private School Opportunities for details on these placements.

Summer Charter or Private School Placement Opportunities - it is suggested those enrolled in Summer 2023 classes EDF2005 and/or EDF2085, should start looking for field observation opportunities in a private or charter school. Please visit Charter/Private School Opportunities for details on these placements.

It is imperative field observation and practicum students start the badge process with FieldPrint right away. The process time takes two weeks. If you haven't received your badge after two weeks please contact the Fingerprinting and Badges Office (561) 434-8700 to see if your fingerprints and photo have been issued to their office. When you receive your badge please take a picture of the badge and send via email to 

To have Fall 2023 field observation students prepared to observe when the next school year starts, it is imperative to start the process now for getting a Student Teacher Security Badge. The badging process can take up to two weeks to complete.


Badging & Security Process


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. Learn More


Charter/Private/Out-of-County Process

Charter, private and out-of-county public schools may have separate security requirements. Please visit the appropriate web page to learn more:


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