Kentucky Background Clearance Information - Direct & Approved Pathway
Kentucky 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 considered expired by the end date of your Demonstration Teaching cohort will need to be renewed by the background clearance deadline set for your cohort.
PCE AND DT CLEARANCE REQUIREMENT
Prior to Preclinical Experiences (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), you must obtain a background check through the Kentucky State Police. Fill out the Request for Conviction Records - Employment/Professional License form. You are requesting this background check to obtain a personal copy of your record, so list yourself as the Agency/Organization that will receive the results. Include a check or money order for the fee and mail the check, form, and return envelope to the address listed on the form. You only need to include one self-addressed stamped envelope, not two, because the results are only going to you. Once you obtain the results, upload your background check results in your student Field Experience portal under PCE Background Clearance and/or DT Background Clearance.
WGU students who are currently employed in a school district and completed a recent fingerprint-based background check may have the option of submitting their school district clearance to WGU. Please see the School District Background Clearance article in this handbook for more information.
Additional Clearance Information:
In certain circumstances, even though you have been cleared for field experiences 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-889-0132 option 5.