Students participating in an approved student teaching licensure program are required to submit application for Fingerprint Clearance through Teacher Standards and Practices Commission, (TSPC) elicensing systems.

  • Application fee is $61 (an additional $10 portal fee may be accessed) payable only through elicensing. It is important when submitting through elicensing to select "Clinical Practices," NOT "Teacher." Be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully.
  • Within 5 – 7 days of application submission, a code for a Fieldprint appointment will be emailed from TSPC.
  • The Fieldprint appointment fee is $12.50.  It is important for the student to monitor their email account.


  • Please allow two months for TSPC to process fingerprint clearance. TSPC does not notify the College of Education of student clearance status. It is the student’s responsibility to provide proof of fingerprint clearance.
  • TSPC will notify the student of clearance through email. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor their email account for the notice of fingerprint clearance. This email will be used as proof of fingerprint clearance. Forward proof of fingerprint clearance emails to [email protected] .

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 elicensing application, please refer to the TSPC Instructions for Answering Character Questions page on submitting the required documentation.

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. Any OSU student who has not enrolled in a student teaching course will not have completed the TSPC fingerprint clearance and we recommend school districts treat them as they would any other community volunteer. If you would like to request the clearance status of a particular individual, please contact the Student Services Office at 541-737-4661.


Background Check

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 Student Services, Furman Hall, 104. Fee is $5.00 (cash/check only to OSU) and lasts one year.  Once received, these forms are sent to the Oregon Department of Education, (ODE), with enough time for us to receive clearances before the practicum begins. Any student who has not cleared does not proceed with the practicum. Student Services, office in Furman Hall, 104 manages all returned CHV clearances. If you would like to request the status of a particular individual, please contact the Student Services Office at 541-737-4661.



Once a student has completed the TSPC Fingerprint process, the College of Education will find the student a student teaching placement in a K-12 school.

  • A Placement Preference form is collected from each student as part of their Professional Level/Student Teaching Cohort Application.
  • Resumes and cover letters are sent to potential cooperating teachers and principals. Students should present themselves in the best light possible to ensure quick placement confirmation.
  • Since placements are completed on an individual basis, the timing for notification varies and is dependent upon multiple circumstances.  Turning in your Professional Level/Student Teaching Cohort Application early will give you the best opportunity to have your placement confirmed as soon as possible.
  • The College of Education will not place a teacher candidate at a school where a relative or member of household of the teacher candidate works or attends.  Such information should be disclosed by the teacher candidate, in the Placement Preference form, at the time of program application.
  • The Oregon State University (OSU) College of Education guarantees student teaching placements that meet the minimum placement requirements for each program (outlined in the Teacher Candidate Placement policy). This guaranteed placement will be in the teacher candidate’s primary endorsement area and will be within a 60-mile radius of the hosting OSU campus (Cascades or Corvallis). Placement in a district that is further than 60-miles from the hosting OSU campus will be considered upon request and must be approved by the Program Lead and the Director of Licensure. View the Teacher Candidate Placement policy here.



Please contact Missy Kloos at [email protected] or at 541-737-4841 if you have questions regarding student teaching placements.