Field Observation Process
Field Observation consists of observing class activities within an assigned classroom location (student does not teach nor is left alone with the students) for 15 hours per registered class (EDF2005 & EDF2085) requiring observation; 30 hours of observation is required for EPI0950. The process for the student observer is as follows:
Step 1 - Student Orientation
Palm Beach State faculty member explains the Field Observation process to student, including requirements of the assignment and expectations of the faculty member for student to satisfy the assignment.
Step 2 - Selection of Observation Venue
Student can complete their Field Observation in a public school setting, a charter school setting, a private school setting or another setting approved by the course instructor. Once the student determines this, they will follow the rest of the field observation process.
Step 3A – Security Clearance in a SDPBC Public School Classroom
The School District of Palm Beach County requires all students placed in public school classrooms to have Level 2 security clearance which includes fingerprinting and a FBI background check. To be placed in a School District of Palm Beach County (SDPBC) public school classroom, students must must:
Students** must bring the following items:
1. A completed, signed, and dated Staff Development Experience/Internship Checklist (Fingerprint form PBSD 1871)
2. A completed, signed, and dated Background Information Check form (PBSD 1456)
3. A valid government-issued picture ID (such as a Driver's License, State of Florida ID or Passport)
4. Social Security card (original Social Security Card - NOT a copy; MUST HAVE VALID SS#)
5. Acceptable forms of payment: Money Order or Credit Card (VISA/MasterCard) accepted at the Fingerprinting Office or via *SDPBC School Cash Online. Personal checks & cash are not accepted.
*If you choose to pay with a debit/credit card (VISA/MC) via School Cash Online, you must pay 24 hours in advance and bring your receipt for proof of payment.
**Foreign students seeking placement should bring items #1, #2 along with a completed Applicant Security Check Form, a valid passport, visa and a money order or debit/credit card (VISA or MasterCard).
Students who already have an active SDPBC Student Teacher Security ID can start the placement process by submitting their current Student Teacher Security ID and completed placement form to Cyndi Demitruk and the School District requires that they wear a "Student Teacher" security badge when they observe. To obtain this, those with existing SDPBC Security Badges should complete the SDPBC Fingerprinting and Badge Renewal Form and follow the procedure listed on the form to secure the correct "Student Teacher" security badge. Students who are requesting placement in a Martin County Public School please go to Martin County Field Observation Opportunities and follow the procedures for placement.
Step 3B - Observation Clearance in an Alternative Classroom Location (Charter Schools, Private Schools or Other County Venue)
Students who chose to complete their field observation in a location other than a SDPBC public school, will need to contact that location (contact information available under ( Charter/Private/Out-of-County Field Observation Placement Opportunities) for placement availability, obtain course instructor approval to use these locations for field observation and be sure to meet the security requirements of the location. If the student meets the security requirements of the selected location, they will need to complete a Permission Memo and have it signed by the placement principal/administrator of the private, charter or other county (Broward, Hendry, etc.) location.
Step 4 - Submit Online PBSC Placement Request
Students seeking field observation (public or other) must file an online Field Observation Placement Request. A copy of the School District Level 2 Badge that must indicate "Student Teacher", or a Martin County Security Letter or a signed permission memo for charter or private school venues is attached to the placement request.
This request is processed by the PBSC Placement Coordinator based on the type of placement the student is requesting. The coordinator will submit the Palm Beach or Martin County public school request to the Department of Professional Development (Pre-Service Office) weekly throughout the semester. Placement notification is done to the student via student PBSC email and will take approximately 10 week days.
Placement requests for charter or private school or some other venue are recorded and an email confirmation is sent to the student with a copy to the course professor. Students requesting placement at a venue not listed on the Other Field Observation Opportunities Site will need to have their instructor's authorization and written approval from the placement site before beginning field observation.
Step 5 - Reporting For Assignment
Students placed in SDPBC public schools (3A) should contact the assigned school and report for their placement assignment as directed by email notification. At that time, public school placement students will print out and sign three release forms included in their notification email that will be turned into the school representative along with a copy of their security badge. These forms will be kept on file at the placement school for the School District (see the Appendix of the Student Guide and the Field Observation Forms Link for details of these forms.) Students will need to have the designated SDPBC classroom teacher sign off on their Field Observation Log each time they observe.
Students placed in other venues will need to follow the security procedure and sign in process of that location. For charter, private and other observation assignments, the student is also required to have the classroom teacher sign off on their field observation log each time they observe.
Step 6 - Field Observation Completion
Field Observation will be complete when all activities, associated assignments, and PBSC Record of Field Observation Hours (log) and other required documentation are submitted to their Palm Beach State course instructor. Students will need to check with their instructor for the last day they may turn in the field observation logs, assignments, and any other required documentation.
FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, and THE PRINCIPLES of PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT for the EDUCATION PROFESSION in FLORIDA is explained in the Florida Department of Education Rule 6A-10.081. In addition to observing the mandated code, Palm Beach State students are strongly advised to respect the internal rules of the school.
- Attendance and Punctuality - Schools, administrators, and teachers run on tight daily schedules, so be mindful of their time. Arrive at the school 10-15 minutes early. Follow the cooperating teacher’s directions at all times and do not become a distraction in the classroom. Notify the cooperating teacher if a personal emergency arises. Leave a message if necessary.
- Appearance - Follow the school dress code and dress professionally. Avoid revealing, baggy, and provocative clothing; please leave sandals, sneakers, shorts, jeans, sleeveless shirts, flashy and facial jewelry at home. Maintain a clean and neat appearance all times. Make a good impression.
- Conduct - Demonstrate professional behavior at all times. Avoid negative comments about the college, school staff, students, and/or the cooperating teacher. Please remember that you are there to quietly observe.
- Confidentiality - Classroom work with students is always confidential. You may have access to "privileged information" which, naturally, should be treated as such. "Privileged information" is defined as personal records, grades, test scores, behavior and attitude of students. Keep your observations on a professional level. You must not divulge information to which you may have access.