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 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:
- 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.
- Student must take the DCF Live Scan Background Screening Submission Form along with
a photo id to the live scan company to be fingerprinted.
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- Notify Ms. Dawn Kneeland by Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) when you have completed the
- 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.