Oklahoma Background Clearance Information
Background checks submitted for clearance in Oklahoma 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 Oklahoma after age 18, you will need to get a FBI national background check in addition to an Oklahoma State 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/or DT Background Clearance.
|PCE and DT Clearance Information:||
Prior to Preclinical Experience (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), you must complete a fingerprint-based Oklahoma background check, a sex offender, and a Mary Rippy violent offender check.
Contact your local police department or sheriff's office and request to be fingerprinted. Once the fingerprinting is complete, fill out an Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Criminal History Record Information Request form.
Important: When completing the request form, check the Sex Offender, Mary Rippy Violent Offender, and State Fingerprint-based background check boxes in the Type of Search Requested box.
Write your name and contact information in the Requestor Information section, put Personal Review as the Purpose of Request, and make sure to include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that the results will be returned to you. Do not have your background check sent to the Oklahoma State Department of Education, as they will not release the results to anyone (including you).
Submit the following items to the address below:
Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation
For further information, call (405)848-6724 or go to Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation website. 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.
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 Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation 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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