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Fieldwork Clearance

SERVE, Clinical I, II, and III fieldwork opportunities all take place at a school site or facility with minors, therefore all students are required to obtain clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and provide a negative TB test result prior to placement.

All students completing fieldwork associated with a CSULB course or credential program must have a valid Certificate of Clearance and TB Test prior to requesting a fieldwork placement with a partnering school district. Candidates seeking a fieldwork placement in LBUSD must follow the steps below in addition to obtaining a Certificate of Clearance and TB Test to receive district level clearance before being placed. 

 Fieldwork placement in a district other than LBUSD

  1. Check the list of approved Fieldwork sites to ensure we have an Affiliation Agreement on file with the school district.  If the district is listed, then all schools within the district are approved.  Check the columns at the top of the AA chart to ensure the district is approved for student teaching.  Fieldwork CANNOT be done in a district in which we do not have an agreement on file with for liability purposes.
  2. Contact the school site directly and request a placement once the semester begins. When visiting the school site for the first time you should bring with you the following items:
  • 1) Your valid Certificate of Clearance/30 Day Sub Permit/Activity Supervisor Permit/Child Development Permit,
  • 2) Valid TB Test (skin tests and TB risk assessments are valid for 4 years; chest x-rays are valid for 8 years),
  • 3) Copy of course syllabi, S4 verification letter for course or a letter from your instructor explaining the fieldwork requirement for your course.

 The school site will let you know what the procedure is to complete fieldwork within their district

 Fieldwork placement in LBUSD

    Update Spring Semester 2022: Fieldwork placement in Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) - Spring 22 Clinical I and II courses will continue with alternative clinical placements. Due to the continuing pandemic, LBUSD will not be offering in-person clinical observations at this time.  Please check with your instructor for details regarding your clinical placements.

    Candidates seeking to do fieldwork with LBUSD must complete an additional fingerprint clearance by the District prior to being placed in a school. LBUSD does not allow self-placements. All placement requests must go through LBUSD's Teacher Development Office and can take up to 3 weeks to receive placement so it is suggested that candidates request a placement as soon as they are enrolled in courses that require fieldwork.  LBUSD does not accommodate fieldwork placements for Winter or Summer sessions, placements are only allowed for the Fall and Spring semesters. 

    Follow the steps below to request a fieldwork placement in LBUSD:

    Candidates that have not completed any fieldwork in LBUSD within the last 12 months must:

    1. Complete the Teacher Candidate Field Work Application (PDF) (Be sure to check the box for Current Clinical Fieldwork Status and circle all the courses on the form that you are enrolled in for the semester you are seeking a placement.)
    2. TB Test: If you do not already have a valid TB test, obtain one from a health care provider.  TB skin tests are valid for 4 years and chest x-rays are valid for 8 years.  If your TB test will expire within 2 months from the day you submit your application to LBUSD you will need to acquire a new TB test prior to fingerprinting. 
    3. Schedule Fingerprint Appointment with LBUSD HR - Done by Appointment ONLY.  Access the  LBUSD Applicant Fingerprinting Procedures (PDF) for more details on how to proceed.  All candidates that would like to complete fieldwork in LBUSD must fingerprint with the LBUSD HR. They will not accept a Certificate of Clearance or fingerprinting from any other agency. 
    4. To Submit Application via email:  Scan and send (1) PDF containing the following documents to April Gutierrez at AGarcia6@LBSchools.net  in the LBUSD's Teacher Development Office:

    Fingerprinting is done at LBUSD Human Resources Office:

    1515 Hughes Way
    ​Long Beach, CA 90810

    Once your application is processed and cleared you will be contacted via email by district staff with your fieldwork assignment. You need to reply to the email to accept or decline the placement. If you are no longer planning to do fieldwork in LBUSD, please respond to your placement email to let them know this so your placement can be given to another candidate. Placement can take up to 4 weeks so plan accordingly.

    Candidates that have fingerprinted and been cleared by the LBUSD HR within the last 12 months or are currently employed with LBUSD must:

    1. Complete the Teacher Candidate Field Work Application (PDF)  Check box for Current Clinical Fieldwork Status & circle all the courses on the form that you are enrolled in for the semester you are seeking a placement.
    2. Attach a copy of your valid TB Test. TB skin tests are valid for 4 years and chest x-rays are valid for 8 years.  If your TB test will expire within 2 months from the day you submit your application to LBUSD, you will need to acquire a new TB test. 
    3. Submit Application & TB Test Results via email:  Scan and send (1) PDF containing both documents to April Gutierrez at AGarcia6@LBSchools.net in the LBUSD's Teacher Development Office.

    Once your clearance is verified you will be contacted via email by district staff with your fieldwork assignment. You need to reply to the email to accept or decline the placement.  If you are no longer planning to do fieldwork in LBUSD, please respond to your placement email to let them know this so your placement can be given to another candidate.  Placement can take up to 4 weeks so plan accordingly.