DoD Background Clearance Information

Background Clearance Information for Students doing PCE or DT in Overseas Department of Defense Schools

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.

PCE AND DT FINGERPRINT CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Prior to Preclinical Experiences (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), you must complete a Federal Bureau of Investigation background check.

 

1) Order a background check from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) by following these instructions

2) Have the background check results sent to you, and upload your background check results in your student Field Experience portal under PCE background clearance and DT Background Clearance..


FOR STUDENTS PLANNING TO LICENSE IN UTAH:
A valid USBE clearance is required to obtain a Utah teaching license.  If you are planning to license in Utah, you should complete a Utah background check through the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) rather than following the above FBI background check instructions. Click here for instructions on ordering your background clearance from the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).

BACKGROUND CHECK SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
In order to meet eligibility requirements for demonstration teaching at a DoD school overseas, your WGU required background check must be received by WGU's Licensure Office no later than:

  • March 15th for eligibility to enter the Fall Demonstration Teaching Cohort
  • September 15th for eligibility to enter the Spring Demonstration Teaching Cohort

ADDITIONAL BACKGROUND CHECKS:
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.    

 

Background questions please contact WGU Background Specialists at tcbackgroundcheck@wgu.edu  or call 866-889-0132 option 5.

 


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Article Number: 19461, 2856