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 completing a practicum that is NOT student teaching (e.g., ED 309). Students fill out and turn in their Criminal History Verification (CHV) form before they are given an override to register for a practicum. CHV forms are picked up at and submitted to 104 Furman Hall. This clearance costs five dollars (cash/check only) and lasts one year. Once received, these forms are sent to the Oregon Department of Education, with enough time for us to receive clearances before the practicum begins. Any student who has not cleared does not proceed with the practicum. The Student Services office in Furman 104 manages all returned Department of Education clearances. If you would like to request the status of a particular individual, please contact the Student Services Office at 541-737-4661.
2. TSPC Fingerprint/Background Clearance: For those completing student teaching through an approved OSU Licensure program. Students will complete the TSPC online C-1 form via TSPC’s eLicensing system (submission of form costs $55). Please complete the background/fingerprint sections of the form and leave the licensing sections blank. After the C-1 is submitted, student will receive an email from TSPC with instructions and a code to be used to make a fingerprinting appointment with FieldPrint. Fieldprint charges a $12.50 fee per appointment.
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 (OSP) 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 C-1 fingerprint online application, please refer to the TSPC Instructions for Answering Character Questions page for instructions on submitting the required supporting documentation.
Please contact Summer Lowery by email or at 541-737-4841 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.