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How To Get A Field Placement

Steps to Obtain a Field Placement in Courses Other than Internship

All School-Based Field Placements must be arranged through the Office of Placement Services.

Please contact our office as soon as you have registered for a course requiring participation in a PreK-12 classroom.

Each school district determines how school-based field placements are arranged with their district's schools. Direct school contact by teacher candidates is not permitted without prior approval from the Office of Placement Services. Because the amount of time needed to secure school-based field placement varies by school district, students need to request placement immediately after registering for a course that requires any activity in a PreK-12 classroom or school. Requests for should be made no later than Week 1 of class. Placements in some school districts can take as long as four weeks.

If you are requesting your first placement, the first step is Security Clearance (background check). Once obtained, it is your responsibility to keep your Security Clearance current throughout your program. Please note that most school districts require an annual renewal of a Security Clearance, and this may require an additional fee.

The procedures for obtaining a School-Based Field Placement depend on the location. Not adhering to a school district's specified procedures could result in a violation of NSU's agreement with that district and a withdrawal of privileges for NSU students to complete activities in that district's schools.

Note: Upon completion of a School-Based Field Placement assignment, you must report the activity. Refer to the directions in your syllabus on how to report the Enrollment Demographics in the ASSESS system. APR 650 and APR 750 students will report the placement location through the Field Placement Reporting Form.

Approved procedures of school districts where our students have completed School-Based Field Placement activities are noted at the beginning of each section below. (Procedures have been established with other school districts not listed, so if you do not see your preferred district, please check with the Office of Placement Services before proceeding.) To obtain the specific procedures, click on the corresponding arrow.

Please select the appropriate School District or County from the list below. If your district/county is not listed, refer to the All Others at the bottom of the list.

Broward

Broward Security Clearance (Effective July 1, 2015):  

  1. Link to http://www.fieldprintflorida.com/.
  2. Click on schedule an appointment.
  3. Register as a New User or sign in as an Existing User.
  4. Select I know my Fieldprint® Code and enter the applicable Fieldprint® Code from the list below (e.g., FPBCPSPresEdNET or FPBCPSPresEdBRenNET or FPBCPSPresEdBRepNET)
      Fischler School
  5. Complete the Personal Information requested.  This is specific to the purpose for which you are being fingerprinted and release.
  6. Complete the Security Background Check Questionnaire and release.
  7. Schedule your visit.  Fingerprinting and badging sites are located throughout the United States. There are several authorized processing locations in the tri-county area you can choose from:
    • 401 East Las Olas Boulevard, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    • 1503 West Prospect Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • 1830 North University Drive, Plantation, FL
    • 3200 NW 62nd Avenue, Margate, FL
    • 8403 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, FL
    • 11352 West State Road 84, Davie, FL
    • 15970 West State Road 84, Sunrise, FL
    • 160 West Camino Real, Boca Raton, FL
    • 1581 West 49th Street, Hialeah, FL
    • 123 SE 3rd Avenue, Miami, FL
  8. Complete Payment and a Confirmation Page will display. You may want to print this page for your records.

Broward School-Based Field Placement: Login

  • Placements should be requested for the entire semester. You will have to search Term 1 and Term 2 separately. If you have transportation limitations or if you do not see your course in the correct term, please contact Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu to have the course added. Do not select something similar.
  1. Click on New Here? Sign Up, which is located at bottom-left corner of the login box.
  2. Create Account - Your password must be a minimum of six characters and MUST include a SPECIAL character (# ! @ ? ...) Use your NSU email as your password. Your Role is a College Student . Click Submit .
  3. Validate email - You should immediately receive a confirmation email message. Use the link provided in that email message to go back to the website and finish registration.
  4. Login with the user name and password you just created. Keep a record of this information.
  5. Course Registration - Enter information in all fields (i.e., home phone and cell phone fields both require an answer, even if you are using the same number. Use your local Broward address. Select the term, and alphabetize the course list by clicking the COURSE header, then tab through pages to find your course, highlight, and submit.
  6. Request all courses you are registered for (i.e., Term 1 and Term 2) at the same time.

After the School-Based Field Placement request has been accepted, you will see the notation "Placed" by your course and you will receive an email message from the Broward County placement website. You (the teacher candidate) should then contact the assigned school within one week of obtaining placement to introduce yourself to the school-based administrator or teacher and to arrange your schedule

Duval

Duval Security Clearance:Duval County Security Clearance (Jacksonville)

When selecting your printing location, make note of #5 in the instructions as you have only one location option:

#5. Enter DUVAL for the county, and continue until all information is entered. When choosing the correct "CRI Literal" please choose the following:

FL931022Z - DUVAL COUNTY SCHOOLS/CONTRACTORS & VENDORS ($78.50) NOTE: If you are being employed with DCPS, DCPS Charter Schools or any affiliated company that works within the DCPS district you CANNOT be fingerprinted at any location other than the DCPS Administration Building (1701 on Prudential Drive, Jacksonville, Florida / 904-390-2000).

Duval School-Based Field Placement: The placement process is handled by university and district officials only. Email or fax the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule. Depending on the time of year, placement can take up to four weeks. Your form should be faxed or emailed one month prior to class - and no later than the first day of class. After the request has been accepted, the Office of Placement Services will contact you (the teacher candidate) with the placement information. You (the teacher candidate) should then contact the assigned school within one week of obtaining placement to introduce yourself to the school-based administrator or teacher and to arrange your schedule

Hillsborough

Hillsborough Security Clearance: Contact Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu for the current packet with forms and procedures to complete security clearance in Hillsborough County. The packet is also available at the Tampa Campus (3632 Queen Palm Drive, Tampa, Florida). Notify the Office of Placement Services if you wish to pick up a packet at the Tampa campus, so that we can authorize that a packet to be given to you.

Hillsborough School-Based Field Placement:After you have completed the Hillsborough Security Clearance process and have your stamped yellow Fingerprint Verification Form, you must contact schools directly to arrange field experience hours.

  1. Email the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule to receive a personalized Letter of Introduction.
  2. Speak with the Assistant Principal at the school where you are seeking placement. Be sure to take (1) your stamped yellow Fingerprint Verification Form and (2) your Letter of Introduction with you when you inquire about placement.

Volunteer: If you are interested in arranging additional time in the classroom beyond your assignment requirement, consider volunteering in a Hillsborough County school. Information for this opportunity may be found on this page. 

Lake Security Clearance: Link here and follow the instructions for Level II Volunteer.

Lake

Lake School-Based Field Placement: After you have completed and passed the Lake County Security Clearance process, you may contact schools directly to arrange field experience hours.

  1. Email the (1) Placement Request Form Form and (2) your entire semester's schedule to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu to receive a personalized Letter of Introduction.
  2. Speak with the Principal at the school where you are seeking placement. Be sure to take your Letter of Introduction with you when you meet with the Principal.
  3. Approval from the District Office Human Resource department will be given at the Principal's request.

Lee

Lee Security Clearance:To secure a fingerprinting appointment:

  1. Register on-line at Finger print Florida. Walk-ins are not accepted. Bring your Social Security Card.
  2. Click the "Schedule An Appointment" button.
  3. Enter your email address into the "New Users/Sign Up" section. Click the “Continue” button.
  4. Enter the applicable information into the “Sign Up” Section. Click the “Continue” button.
  5. Indicate the reason why you are being fingerprinted. Click the “I know my fieldprint code” link.
  6. Enter the applicable Fieldprint code indicated below in the “Insert Fieldprint Code Here” section. (Note: The Fieldprint code is case-sensitive. Use the code for CERTIFIED EMPLOYEES: FPSchoolLeeCoCert01 (Copy and paste this code into the related section.)
  7. Enter the applicable data in the Personal Information and Demographic Information sections. The information requested is required by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE)/Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). (Note: Register with your legal name as it appears on the identification that you will present at your appointment. You could use your Social Security Card as one form of identification.)
  8. Select the applicable information from the dropdown menu in the Additional Informationsection.
  9. Enter your applicable address information in order to locate a convenient fingerprinting location.
  10. Click the FIND button, select a location, and schedule an appointment.
  11. Select a payment option and complete all of the applicable payment fields.
  12. If you have any issues or questions regarding registration or your appointment, contact Fieldprint Customer Service (800-799-1067 / Email Customer Service) or select the “Contact Us” link on the website.

Lee School-Based Field Placement: After you have completed and passed the Security Clearance process, you may contact schools directly to arrange field experience hours.

  1. Email the Placement Request Form Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule to receive a personalized Letter of Introduction.
  2. Speak with with the Assistant Principal at the school where you are seeking placement. Confirm you have completed Security Clearance and show your Letter of Introduction when you inquire about placement.

Miami-Dade

Miami-Dade Security Clearance: Contact Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu for the current packet with forms and procedures to complete security clearance in Miami-Dade.

Miami-Dade School-Based Field Placement: After you have received your Security Clearance Card from the Office of Placement Services, you can contact schools directly to arrange field experience hours.

  1. Email the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule to receive a personalized Letter of Introduction.
  2. Speak with the Assistant Principal at the school where you are seeking placement. Have your Security Clearance Card and Letter of Introduction when you inquire about placement.

Orange

Orange Security Clearance:Field Experience only (10 hours or less) https://www.ocps.net/es/cr/resources/Pages/VolunteerOnlineApplication.aspx

Internships, Pre-Internships, and Practicums require advanced planning and specialized screening.

Orange School-Based Field Placement: School-based field experience placements (10 hours or less) are arranged directly with the school after you have registered as a Volunteer through the Additions link (above). You must identify the school you are seeking placement with in Additions so the school can verify your clearance.

Pre-Internship, Practicum, and Applied Professional Experience placements fall under the same guidelines as Senior Internship placements. A formal placement request/application must be submitted to the Office of Placement Services in accordance with Orange County deadlines. Contact Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu for this packet.

Timeline:
Fall placements (August or October) request must be submitted by March 31.

Osceola

Osceola Security Clearance: Link to http://www.osceola.k12.fl.us/depts/OASIS/OASIS.asp for school-based field experience placements that do not require student interaction (i.e., this would be an activity that requires observation, only). All other placements require clearance to be arranged through the Office of Placement Services.

Osceola Field Placement: If your assignment is observation, only, you may contact Osceola County schools directly to arrange your visit AFTER you are cleared through OASIS (link above). If your field experience includes any interaction with students, please fill out the Placement Request Form and email or fax it to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu.

PALm Beach

Palm Beach Security Clearance: Refer to "Field Experience, Practicum, and Interns"" procedures at http://www.palmbeachschools.org/schoolpolice/fingerprintingandbadges.asp

Palm Beach Field Placement: Email or fax the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule. After the request has been accepted, the Office of Placement Services will contact the teacher candidate with the placement information. You (the teacher candidate) should then contact the assigned school within one week of obtaining placement to introduce yourself to the school-based administrator or teacher and to arrange your schedule.

Polk

Polk Security Clearance: You must obtain a Level II Security Clearance through the district. Call Rita Stokes (863-534-0410) for an appointment. Pay the fee online at https://www.cogentid.com/fl/index_fdoe.htm .

Polk Field Placement:Once you have completed and passed the Level II Security Clearance process, you may contact schools directly to arrange field experience hours.

  1. Email the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester’s schedule to receive a personalized Letter of Introduction.
  2. Speak with the Assistant Principal at the school where you are seeking placement. Have your Level II Security Clearance and Letter of Introduction when you inquire about placement.

St. Johns

St. Johns Security Clearance: Link to http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/.

St. Johns Placement: After you have completed and passed the Security Clearance process, you can contact schools directly to arrange field experience hours.

  1. Email the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule to receive a personalized Letter of Introduction.
  2. Speak with the Assistant Principal at the school where you are seeking placement. Have your Security Clearance and Letter of Introduction when you inquire about placement.

St. Lucie

St. Lucie Security Clearance: Follow instructions for College Students at http://www.stlucie.k12.fl.us/departments/personnel/fingerprinting.aspx.

St. Lucie Placement: Email or fax the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule. After the request has been accepted, the Office of Placement Services will contact you (the teacher candidate) with the placement information. Teacher candidates should contact the assigned school within one week of obtaining placement.

Volusia

Volusia Security Clearance: Download and complete the Application to Volunteer . Fax the completed form to 386-506-5067 (Attention: Ms. Ashorda Foley). Field Experiences, Pre-Internships, and Practicums can all be cleared through the county's Volunteer program. When you fill out and submit the application a background check will automatically be performed. Please allow three weeks for the clearance process.

Volusia Placement: Once you have completed and passed the Security Clearance process, you may contact schools directly to arrange field experience hours.

  1. Email (1) the Placement Request Form and (2) your entire semester's schedule to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu to receive a personalized Letter of Introduction.
  2. Speak with the designated Volunteer Coordinator at the school where you are seeking placement. Have proof of your Security Clearance and your Letter of Introduction when you inquire about placement.

All Other Florida Districts

Email the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule. If your district/county is not listed, procedures will have to be established for this placement. Since this process may take several weeks, please request your placement as soon as possible

Please select the appropriate School District or County from the list below. If your district/county is not listed, refer to the All Others tab at the bottom of the list.

Gwinnett

Gwinnett Security Clearance: You must obtain a Level II Security Clearance through the district.

Gwinnett Placement: The placement process is to be handled by university and district officials only. Email or fax the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester’s schedule. Once the request has been accepted, the Office of Placement Services will contact you (the teacher candidate) with the placement information. Teacher candidates should contact the assigned school within one week of obtaining placement.

All Others

Email the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule. If your district/county is not listed, procedures will have to be established for this placement. Since this process may take several weeks, please request your placement as soon as possible.

Please select the appropriate School District or County from the list below. If your district/county is not listed, refer to the All Others tab at the bottom of the list.

Clark

Clark Security Clearance: Go to the Teacher Induction and Mentoring Department (2832 East Flamingo Road, Room 106; Las Vegas, Nevada) to obtain appropriate paperwork. You (the teacher candidate) will be sent to the district's fingerprinting office. Allow one to two months to complete clearance.

Clark Placement: The placement process is to be handled by university and district officials only. Email or fax the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule. Depending on the time of year, placement can take up to four weeks. Your form should be faxed or emailed one month prior to class and no later than the first day of class. After the request has been accepted, the Office of Placement Services will contact you (the teacher candidate) with the placement information. Teacher candidates should contact the assigned school within one week of obtaining placement.

All Others

Email the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule. If your district/county is not listed, procedures will have to be established for this placement. Since this process may take several weeks, please request your placement as soon as possible.

Please select the appropriate School District or County from the list below. If your district/county is not listed, refer to the All Others tab at the bottom of the list.

Southwestern City District (Grove City) Security Clearance: Candidates must have a current FBI/BCI submitted to the district prior to beginning placement. Contact Vivian Hammond at SWCSD; printing appointment should be completed at least two weeks prior to beginning placement. Fingerprinting arranged through the local police department will also be accepted.

Southwestern City District (Grove City) Placement: The placement process is to be handled by university and district officials only.

Email or fax the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule. Once the request has been accepted, the Office of Placement Services will contact the teacher candidate with the placement information. Teacher candidates should contact the assigned school within one week of obtaining placement.

All Others

Email the Placement Request Form to Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu with your entire semester's schedule. If your district/county is not listed, procedures will have to be established for this placement. Since this process may take several weeks, please request your placement as soon as possible.

Please contact Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu from the Office of Placement Services to establish procedures.

Each school district determines how placements are arranged with their schools. Initial contact with a school district should always be made by the NSU Office of Placement Services representative. This will establish a positive introduction between the candidate and the district, assuring compliance to the respective district's policies.

If procedures for your district are not available in the above state or district tabs, please contact Lillian Greico at greico@nova.edu so we may begin a dialogue with your district office. To ensure we have all the information necessary to begin the request, please fill out the Placement Request Form and email or fax the completed form (if you choose to fax, please follow up with a phone call or email that you have done so).

Please include any additional information that could aid the request process, such as, if you are employed by the school district in any capacity or have a current security clearance.