CO Background Clearance Information

Note: All background checks submitted to the WGU certification office must be less than two years old to meet WGU requirements. Previously submitted background checks that will be over two years old by the end date of your Demonstration Teaching will need to be renewed by the background clearance deadline set for your cohort.


Prior to Preclinical Experiences (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), you must perform an online background check search and send your results to WGU. Go to and perform an individual search with your name and date of birth. The fee for the clearance is $6.85. Clearance results are instantaneous. Please save a copy of your results and upload them to your student portal under background clearance.



If you are currently employed with a school district, you may be able to submit a School District Clearance to satisfy your background clearance requirement.



WGU can accept teaching licenses as your background clearance as long as it is valid. Send an electronic copy of your teaching license to the contact information below.

Upload your background check results in your student Field Experience portal under PCE background clearance and DT Background Clearance.

In certain circumstances, even though WGU has cleared you for demonstration teaching, the school district that placed you for field experiences may have an additional background check requirement that WGU does not require. Or, the school district may make a different determination regarding a background clearance. If so, you are also required to abide by the school district’s decision of approval or denial of the submitted background clearance information.


Note: In order to apply for an initial Colorado teaching license, WGU must verify an eligible fingerprint background check. You should start this background check process once you have completed your WGU program and you are eligible to be recommended for a teaching license. Please click here for more information. Scroll down to the "Instructions" section for details on how to complete this background check.


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



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