For Educational Studies Fieldwork
In order to participate in fieldwork, all public and most private schools require college students to present a PA Child Abuse Clearance and a PA State Police Criminal Background Check. In addition to these two clearances, some schools (and all charter schools) require a Federal Background Check. All student teacher candidates must complete these three clearances before acceptance into the program. Though PA law says that these clearances are good for 5 years, many schools/organizations require that new adult visitors present clearances that are less than one year old.
If you have concerns about submitting the personal information required by the state for these clearances, such as your social security number or citizenship status, please contact the fieldwork coordinator directly to discuss the options we've developed for such situations; we value your privacy and you need not share the specifics of your situation, unless you wish to do so.
Our department will pay for all clearances associated with coursework for Educational Studies. If a student has obtained any of these clearances for other purposes, within the last year, it may be possible to use them for educational studies fieldwork. Please notify the Fieldwork Coordinator if you have clearances that are not on file with Educational Studies or if you have other questions.
- Directions for a PA Criminal Record Check: email Ruthanne Krauss with your full legal name, birthdate, and the reason for this check (for example, Spring ED 14 class).
- Directions for PA Child Abuse Clearance
- Federal Background Clearance Application: If the federal clearance is for a school setting, use Service Code: 1KG6RT If you do not have the required photo id for the federal check, contact the fieldwork coordinator. Once fingerprinted, make sure to email your Universal Enrollment ID (UEID) to the fieldwork coordinator, so she can pull your federal clearance from the online database.
When registering for the federal clearance, you will have the option of scheduling your fingerprinting appointment at an area site (currently, our Public Safety cannot offer this service). To get to the nearest site, please either plan to take an Uber/Lyft/Taxi (for transportation reimbursement send your receipt, your name, and the reason for this clearance to Ruthanne Krauss for reimbursement). Or, contact Ruthanne to arrange for van transportation, giving her several days notice.
Clearances for purposes other than Educational Studies Fieldwork
If students or faculty need clearances for other College-sponsored activities (such as volunteer programs with kids, Lang Center projects, etc.) they should contact Sandra Briggs-Edwards (Public Safety) for assistance.
Please note: PA Federal Background Checks are run through IdentoGo. Non-school entities such as PA day care sites, counseling programs, coaching jobs, some tutoring programs and other activities require a specific service code as part of the application. To make sure you have the correct service code, contact your organization or Sandra Briggs-Edwards.