New Mexico Background Clearance Information
Background checks submitted for clearance in New Mexico 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 New Mexico after age 18, you will need to get a FBI national background check in addition to an New Mexico 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 Experience (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), you must complete a New Mexico Department of Public Safety background check. This background check takes 7-15 work days to be returned. To obtain this background check:
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY ATTN: RECORDS
P.O. BOX 1628
SANTA FE, NM 87504-1628
When you receive your New Mexico DPS background check results you must upload your background check results in your student Field Experience portal under PCE Background Clearance and/or DT Background Clearance.
|New Mexico PED Licensure Clearance Information:||
You will be required to complete another background check through the New Mexico Public Education Department when applying for certification. See the NM Teacher Certification Application article 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 New Mexico DPS 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
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