College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Education

BACKGROUND CLEARANCE FORMS

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.

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.

Click here for the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 51) form.

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.

Students can obtain a proof of Tuberculin Skin Test by visiting the Student Health Center in Sourin Hall. Click here for Health Center hours.