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 SO WE CAN VIEW YOUR CLEARANCES.

The site for uploading your clearances is now available. Follow the steps below in order for you to upload your clearances.
1. Login to the Nest.
2. Under "Administrative Services" Portlet click "Student"
3. Click "Student Clearances"
4. In the Upload Documents page, select the document type.
5. Select the department (i.e., Education)
6. Choose and attach your file.
7. Click "Upload Document."

 

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 experience or student teaching placement.

Pennsylvania State Criminal History Record (Act 34)

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 first clearance should be free of charge. You will have to pay for future clearances.

Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 51)

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 first clearance should be free of charge. You will have to pay for future clearances.

FBI Fingerprinting / Criminal History Report

To register online to be fingerprinted for the Federal FBI Criminal History Report, click here. You must use the Service Code 1KG6RT to apply for the clearance. Applicants must register prior to going to the fingerprinting site and schedule a fingerprinting session. Locations of fingerprinting sites can also be found by clicking the link above. You will be able to log-in again within a few days and access your unofficial clearance. The unofficial clearance will suffice for uploading to Canvas and presenting for field experience.

Tuberculin Skin Test

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

Protecting Children: Identifying and Reporting Sexual Misconduct

Instructions and the link to the Protecting Children: Identifying and Reporting Sexual Misconduct  can be found here.  Upon completion of the training you will receive a certificate that you can put on the Canvas clearance site mentioned above.

For OATCERT and Special Education online students only