All 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 REQUIREMENT
Prior to Preclinical Experience (PCE) and Demonstration Teaching (DT), you must request a fingerprint packet, contact the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation at 605-773-3331, and ask for the Identification Section. You will need to be fingerprinted at a local law enforcement agency and then send the card with your rolled fingerprints, a signed authorization and release form, and a check or money order to:
Office of the Attorney General
Division of Criminal Investigation
1302 E. Highway 14
Pierre, SD 57501.
More information on South Dakota Fingerprinting requirements is available at the SD Division of Criminal 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.
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.
FBI BACKGROUND CLEARANCE
If you have lived in states other than South Dakota after age 18, you must obtain and submit a background check as described below:
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.
ADDITIONAL CLEARANCE INFORMATION
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 866-889-0132 option 3.
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