Early Childhood Education

Fingerprinting Procedures for Okaloosa and Walton Counties

All early childhood students entering the Bachelor's Program in Early Childhood Education must be finger printed and complete a background screening.

If you are currently employed in a DCF licensed child care program or a military child care program, you may provide a copy of your Background Clearance document to Ms. Dawn Kneeland, Staff Assistant, Teacher Education in Building 520, Room 140. If you do not have a copy of this document, you should request a copy from your employer.

If you are not currently employed in DCF licensed child care program or a military child care program, you will need to complete the following procedures in order to obtain the required clearance letter:

  1. Call Ms. Rouse, Staff Assistant for Child Development Education Center (CDEC) at (850) 729-5386 to schedule an appointment to complete the required information online to apply to be finger printed. Required information will include name, social security number, date of birth, race, and sex.

  2. Student must take the DCF Live Scan Background Screening Submission Form along with a photo id to the live scan company to be fingerprinted.
    123 Truxton Avenue
    Fort Walton Beach, FL
    M-F 8:30 am-12:30 pm, 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
  3. Notify Ms. Dawn Kneeland by Email (kneeland@nwfsc.edu) when you have completed the fingerprint process.

  4. Once the background clearance letter has been returned to Ms. Kneeland, the student will be eligible to begin a field experience. A copy of the clearance letter will be given to the student for the student's personal records. A copy will be maintained in the student's file in the teacher education department.