The safety of children is always our highest priority and we are vigilant in assuring that the appropriate clearance has been given for each OSU student we place in a K-12 setting.
The College of Education requires two different levels of clearance for all OSU students that we place in K-12 classrooms. Any OSU student who has not enrolled in a practicum course or student teaching will not have either of the following clearances, and we recommend school districts treat them as they would any other community volunteer.
1. Criminal History Verification (CHV): For those doing a practicum that is NOT student-teaching (such as ED 309) students fill out and turn in their Criminal History Verification (CHV) questionnaire before they are given an override to register for the Practicum. CHV forms are picked up and submitted at 104 Furman Hall. This clearance costs five dollars (cash/check only) and lasts one year. Students may not register until the CHV form is received. These forms are then sent to the Oregon Department of Education, with enough time for us to receive clearances before the class begins on the first day of the term. Any student who has not cleared does not proceed with the practicum.
2. Fingerprinted Background Check: As of January 19, 2016, TSPC has implemented an online process for submitting necessary paperwork (PA-1 form and $57 fee). Students will complete the PA-1 form online via TSPC. After the PA-1 is submitted, student will receive an email with instructions and a code to be used to make an appointment with FieldPrint to have their fingerprints taken. There is a $12.50 fee charged by FieldPrint.
Please allow up to two months for prints to process and clear. Note that TSPC does not notify the College of Education about student clearance status. Students can track their clearance status on the TSPC Educator Lookup Page. Once TSPC and the FBI have validated the fingerprints, the student submits a copy of their clearance to the College of Education in 104 Furman Hall, where it will be kept on file. A screen shot of the TSPC Educator lookup page will suffice for proof of clearance. No student is allowed to proceed with student teaching without a clearance form in their file. This fingerprint clearance is valid for three years. If a student knows early on in their tenure at OSU that they will be student teaching within three years, we encourage them to complete a fingerprint check rather than a CHV.
NOTE: Full disclosure on the character questions is imperative to fingerprint/background check clearance, success in a teacher preparation program, and ultimate eligibility for a teaching license. Providing false information on a background check may result in consequences regarding academic dishonesty, as well as possible denial of student teaching clearance and a teaching license. If you answer "yes" on any of the character questions on the PA-1 fingerprint packet, please refer to theTSPC Instructions for Answering Character Questions page for instructions on submitting the required supporting documentation.
Please contact Summer Lowery by email or at 541-737-4661 if you have questions about the fingerprinting or background check processes.
If you are in the ESOL or ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement Program and plan to complete your internship during the upcoming year, please complete the Internship Placement Request form and submit it to Stacey Lee, ESOL Coordinator. See the ESOL Program Handbook for more information about internship requirements.
ED 409/SED 509 is intended to give pre-service teachers additional time in the field (90 or 60 hour minimum for Double Degree, 50 hour minimum for MS) learning how to establish a classroom environment.
The Double Degree course ED 409 requires pre-approval prior to registration. If you are interested in registering for ED 409, please contact Summer Lowery by email or at 541-737-4661.
Before beginning a student teaching or observation placement, please review the OSU Youth Program Policies and Guidelines for expectations as to appropriate interactions with youth, as well as helpful resources for issues such as the mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse.