The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all pre-service teachers participating in Student Teaching, Internships, Clinical, and Field Experiences to obtain the following clearances:
- Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record (Act 34)
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 51)
- Federal FBI Criminal History Report
- Proof of Tuberculin Skin Test
Teacher candidates must have these clearances prior to beginning their field placement. ALL CLEARANCES MUST BE VALID THROUGH TO THE END OF THE FIELD OR STUDENT TEACHING PLACEMENT.
ALL CLEARANCES MUST BE UPLOADED TO BLACKBOARD. TO UPLOAD, USE THIS LINK or LOG INTO BLACKBOARD, GO TO "MY LEARN", "MY ORGANIZATIONS" AND FINALLY "BACKGROUND CLEARANCES" AND UPLOAD EACH CLEARANCE INTO THE APPROPRIATE CONTENT AREA.
The Federal FBI Criminal History Report, the PA State Criminal History Record, PA Child Abuse History Clearance and Proof of Tuberculin Skin Test are valid for one calendar year. ALL MUST BE RENEWED EVERY YEAR. MAY IS THE BEST MONTH TO RENEW CLEARANCES.
Teacher candidates who do not have all clearances will not be given their field or student teaching placement.
To submit an online request for a Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record (Act 34), click here. You will be able to log-in again within a few days and access your clearance. If you pick 'volunteer' as reason for applying for a clearance, the clearance should be free of charge.
Click here for the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 51) form. You will be able to log-in again within a few days and access your clearance. If you pick 'volunteer' as reason for applying for a clearance, the clearance should be free of charge.
To register online to be fingerprinted for the Federal FBI Criminal History Report, click here. Applicants must register prior to going to the fingerprinting site. Locations of fingerprinting sites can also be found by clicking the link above. Your unofficial clearance will be mailed to you within 6 weeks of being fingerprinted. The unofficial clearance will suffice for uploading to Blackboard and presenting for field experience.
Students can obtain a proof of Tuberculin Skin Test by visiting the Student Health Center in Sourin Hall. Click here for Health Center hours.
For OATCERT and Special Education online students only-
Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification form
Statement Regarding Background Clearances