Field Experience Program

Indian River Directions for Completing Security Clearance

Field Placement Note: The requirements for placement in Indian River County Schools are very specific. In order to participate in any school experience, you must be fingerprinted. This holds true for all field placement courses regardless of the number of hours required to serve in the school.

Student Teaching Note: The following requirements must be completed in time to be submitted with your student teaching (practicum/internship) application, which is due in the Office for Academic and Student Services, Boca Campus, Room 230, no later than 4:00 p.m., September 15 for spring student teachers (and/or practicum/internships) and January 31 for fall student teachers (and/or practicum/internships). (Applications are accepted on both Treasure Coast and McArthur Campuses, as well.)

Security Clearance: Students must bring a copy of their program sheet or an unofficial transcript to the school district office at the time of fingerprinting. The district office personnel will not allow FAU students to apply for security clearance without documentation showing FAU status. The program sheet or unofficial transcript provides the required documentation.

Security Clearance Requirement: All students need to apply for security clearance through the school district office, however processing fees vary. Students registered for courses requiring less than 90 hours of field experience will be charged. Students registered for Practicum or Student Teaching Placements will not be charged clearance fees.

Clearance Fees: For those who need to pay for security clearance, the fingerprinting fee is $61. It is required that you make payment in advance with a credit card or by bringing a money order with you when you are to be fingerprinted. Money orders should be made out to: "Fingerprinting Services, LLC" and should be given to the person performing the fingerprinting. Credit card payment can be made via the internet http://www.flprints.com/ or calling (877) 357-7456. NO OTHER PAYMENT FORM WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Students will be issued a clearance certificate after results are received by the district office. These certificates will be mailed directly to the student according to the address listed on the security clearance application.

All fingerprinting verification must be completed at the Personnel Office at the Indian River County School Board Office, 1990 25th Street, Vero Beach. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The telephone number is (772) 564-3054. CALL to schedule an appointment. Walk-in visits will not be accepted.

Student teaching applications will not be accepted without a copy of this security clearance certificate. A copy of this paperwork will be mailed directly to the student from Indian River County Personnel Office as part of the fingerprinting process.

ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS ABOUT THESE PROCEDURES SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE OFFICE FOR ACADEMIC AND STUDENT SERVICES AT (561) 297-3570, NOT THE INDIAN RIVER COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD OFFICE.