Observations

INTRODUCTION
Students in teacher preparation programs will find important information on this page related to the completion of classroom observations. The Pennsylvania Department of Education refers to the observation stage in teacher preparation as stages 1 (freshmen year) and 2 (sophomore year).

CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania School Code mandates that students in teacher preparation programs have current background clearances on file with the University before entering a school building to complete course-related field observations. Immediately below is information on required clearances and a registration form for use in submitting copies of clearances to the Field Placement Office. Students must be registered with the Field Placement Office before beginning field work.

Field Experience Requirements
Clearance Requirements
PA Child Abuse Clearance (Act 151)
PA Criminal History Background Check (Act 34)
Federal/Criminal History Record/Fingerprinting (Act 114)
Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form (Act 24)
Registration Form for Field Observations Summer 2014
Registration Form for Field Observations Fall 2014
Registration Form for Field Observations Spring 2014

PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT
The Holy Family University student is expected to conduct him/herself in a proper and professional manner whenever visiting a school site and/or interacting with school personnel, students, family members and/or community members. Failure to meet this requirement will subject the student to University intervention up to and including the possibility of removal from the teacher preparation program. For more information on Commonwealth requirements click below.

Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators

PROGRAM OUTCOMES & FIELD EXPERIENCE COMPETENCIES
School of Education (SOE) programs have specific learning outcomes embedded in their course work. Additionally, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has published competencies that are designed to inform the development of teacher preparation programs and the evaluation of students engaged in clinical experiences in the field. The competencies are organized under seven headings that parallel and extend the domains in Charlotte Danielson's framework for enhancing professional practice. Click below to view the SOE program outcomes and the PDE field experience competencies.

School of Education Program Outcomes
PDE Field Experience Competencies for Observations

LETTER OF INTRODUCTION
The below link is to a sample letter of introduction that instructors can use to assist their students in securing observation placements. Students should discuss entry strategies with their classroom instructor before using this sample letter.

Letter of Introduction for Classroom Observation

DOCUMENTATION OF HOURS
The below link is to a sample document that can be used to record hours of observation in the field. Students should discuss the use of this form with their classroom instructor before adoption.

Record of Classroom Observation Hours