Minnesota Background Clearance Information
Background checks submitted for clearance in Minnesota must be fewer than two years old on the end date of your field placement to meet WGU requirements. All background checks that will expire before the end date of your field placement will need to be renewed by the background clearance deadline set for your cohort.
REQUIRED BACKGROUND CLEARANCES
|FBI Clearance Information:||
If you have lived in states other than Minnesota after age 18, you will need to get a FBI national background check in addition to a Minnesota state 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/or DT Background Clearance.
|PCE and DT Clearance Information:||Prior to Preclinical Experiences (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT) you must request a copy of your Minnesota criminal history record from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. Instructions on how to get a criminal history record can be found at https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/bca/Pages/criminal-history-search.aspx, under the heading "How can I obtain a copy of my own criminal history record?"
WGU students who are currently employed in a school district and completed a recent 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.
|Minnesota DOE Licensure Clearance Information:||You will also be required to do a background check as part of your teacher certification application. See Minnesota Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions for details.|
SCHOOL DISTRICT BACKGROUND CLEARANCE OPTION
WGU students currently employed by a school district that cleared them for employment with a fingerprint-based background check in the last 5 years may have the option of using their school district clearance in place of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension background check. Please see the School District Background Clearance article in this handbook for more information.
WGU CLEARANCE SUBMISSION INFORMATION
Upload your background check results in your student Field Experience portal under PCE Background Clearance and/or DT Background Clearance.
Background questions please contact WGU Background Specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-889-0132 option 3.
For more information on WGU's background check policy see the General Background Clearance Information article.
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