Background Checks

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.

AGENCY FIELD PLACEMENT REQUIRED PAPERWORK
Agency example: Headstart and pre-school programs

Required Background Checks: Students are required to complete the following forms prior to receiving afield placement. Please note that the Interested Persons report is valid for 12months from the date of issue.

REQUIRED PAPEWORK

ALL paperwork is due the first week of class to secure a field placement.

SCHOOL FIELD PLACEMENT REQUIRED PAPERWORK
School example: P-12 public school setting

Required Background Checks: Students are required to complete the following forms prior to receiving afield placement. Please note that the Interested Persons report is valid for 12months from the date of issue.

REQUIRED PAPERWORK

ALL paperwork is due the first week of class to secure a field placement.

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 $60.00 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
Certification Coordinator
UAA College of Education
Professional Studies Building, Room 218G
3211 Providence Drive Anchorage, Alaska 99508
Phone:  (907) 786-4306
FAX:  (907) 786-4444
Email: lmgonzales@uaa.alaska.edu

Advising

Contact the Office of Student Engagement at 907-786-4401

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