AL Background Clearance Information

Alabama Background Clearance Information

Note:  While we do our best to give you accurate and up to date information about your state requirements, we are not infallible.  State requirements change frequently.  It is your responsibility, and in your best interest, to double check certification and licensure requirements with your state’s Department of Education.

WGU can only accept your background clearance as described below; school district clearances are not acceptable for students in Alabama.


Students in Alabama must obtain two background checks; one for Utah and one for Alabama.


PCE and DT Fingerprint Clearance requirement

Alabama Background Check Instructions:
Prior to Preclinical Experience (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), you must follow these instructions to complete a background check that will satisfy the licensure requirement for Alabama.  To request a background check run through the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), follow the instructions found by clicking on "Fingerprinting Overview" on the Alabama State Department of Education's Background Check website


Once you have completed the application and background check process, confirm your background clearance information using the Alabama State Department of Education certification search tool.  Make note of your Alabama Teacher Number (called "TCH Number" on the ALSDE website) and upload your Teacher Number and a screen shot to your Field Experience student portal, so background clearance specialists can verify your clearance and enter it into your WGU records.  

Background checks completed through the Alabama State Department of Education do not have an expiration date. The ALSDE will be notified of any criminal activity by those who have completed this background check, and the clearance will be revoked if a prospective or current educator becomes ineligible for certification. However, WGU will assign an expiration date to review your clearance again if needed.


DT and Licensing Clearance Information:

Utah Background Check Instructions:
Click here for instructions on ordering your background clearance from the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). Request a fingerprint packet to be sent to your address. 

Note: You must return the packet to the Utah State Board of Education within 30 days of receipt.

Additional Clearance Information:

Additional Clearance Information 
In certain circumstances, even though you have been cleared for demonstration teaching by WGU, the school district in which you are placed for field experiences may have an additional background check requirement that is not required by WGU. Or, the school district may make a different determination regarding a background clearance. You may be required to provide additional documentation to the school district. If so, you are also required to abide by the school district’s decision of approval or denial of the submitted background clearance information.    

School District Clearance

We cannot accept School District Background Clearances for the State of Alabama. You will need to complete the clearance through the Department of Education if you are employed with a school district.

Teaching License

We are able to accept teaching licenses for the State of Alabama for as long as they are valid. This clearance will satisfy the Alabama Department of Education clearance.

ALABAMA -Upload your Alabama Teacher Number and a screen shot to your Field Experience student portal, so background clearance specialists can verify your clearance and enter it into your WGU records. 

UTAH -The USBE will notify you via e-mail when you have been cleared.  Please upload the Clearance letter to your Field Experience student portal, so that WGU's Background Clearance Specialists may verify your clearance and enter it in your WGU Records.   


Background questions please contact WGU Background Specialists at or call 866-889-0132 option 3.






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