Florida Department of Education requires students taking the courses EDF 2005 (Introduction to the Teaching Profession) or EDF 2085 (Introduction to Diversity for Educators) to complete 15 hours of field observation, in a K-12 public school setting, for each course. This requirement exists for all education majors/future educators in all public institutions of higher education in the state of Florida. Tutoring, babysitting, day-care and preschool field experiences do not count toward this requirement, nor do prior teaching or volunteering experiences.
The goal of field-based experience is to give you early exposure to classroom procedures and environments. It is your responsibility to schedule time with various classroom teachers to observe their interactions with their students. Based on your observations, you must then complete a checklist provided by your professor and submit it as an assignment.
Note: Field observation hours must be completed in addition to any hours you complete for other education courses. You cannot count the same hours for two different classes.
You must complete your 15 hours while you are enrolled in EDF 2005 or EDF 2085 (or 30 hours if you're taking these classes simultaneously). Documentation of your field hours consists of a sign-in sheet that will be provided by your professor. You must follow the directions on the sheet precisely, or you will not receive credit for the hours.
If you do not present documentation of your field experience, you will receive a grade of "Incomplete" for the course. Incompletes become a grade of "F" if they are not corrected within six weeks of the start of the next term.
Note: The following information applies to Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS) only. If you choose to conduct your observations in a county other than Seminole, it is your responsibility to gather the information needed for that county.
*Note: Submitting a request does not automatically assign students a teacher or observation time. The student is responsible for contacting the teacher using the contact information given to set up their observation time.
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