All field experiences require background check clearance. The type of experience determines the type of background check required. Background check requirements are subject to change without notice.
Student Teaching Authorization (STA)
All initial certification candidates (those individuals who do not already have a current Alaska teaching certificate) must apply to the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED) to be authorized to student teach in Alaska. This process requires a fingerprint-based background clearance regardless if one has previously received a fingerprint-based background clearance from courses at PELL, worked as a substitute in a district, worked at a childcare center, etc. The only individuals exempt from a Student Teaching Authorization are those who hold a current Alaska educator license that was issued by EED. All STA paperwork must submitted to the Office of Field Experiences & Certification.The STA paperwork includes the following; one completed fingerprint card, a cashier's check or money order for $66.00 made out to "Teacher Certification", and the student teacher application from the State of Alaska Department of Education and Early Development (EED). Please bring your photo ID if you need to have the application form notarized in the College of Education.
For questions concerning background checks or field placements, please contact:
Lisa Gonzales Ives
Contact the Office of Student Engagement at 907-786-4401
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