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. 

Attention all Undergraduate & Post-Baccalaureate College of Education majors, additional background clearance documentation effective November, 1, 2014.


Effective for the Spring 2015 semester, all College of Education (COE) students who are enrolled in educational classes requiring a school/agency field placement must complete additional background clearance documentation:

1. Fingerprints ($25-$35)
2. Fingerprint processing fee of $51.50
3. Application Information & Release of Information paperwork (applicant guide) & fee of $25.00

The COE is aligning our background  check procedures with municipality regulations for students required to complete a field placement in schools/agencies. The Alaska Background Check System (ABCS) is the system that will be used to accommodate requirements for the Municipality of Anchorage and various agencies across the state. The background check will take the place of the Interested Persons Report (IPR) that was required on a annual basis. This background check will remain valid for six years as long as you are enrolled in classes at UAA every 100 days (not including summer) and your placement is in a school agency. Please remember that all fees are subject to change without notice. 

Register with ABCS (applicant guide)
  1. Access the myAlaska website to sign in to your account or to create a new account. If you have ever electronically filed for an Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) or used any of the State of Alaska's services via the Stat's website, you should have a myAlaska account.
  2. Click on View Your Services.
  3. Click on Alaska Background Check System.
  4. Confirm the privacy agreement and complete the application and payment process.
  5. Complete the Release of Information form and submit to Louisa Hayes or the front desk at the COE Dean's Office.
  6. Email Louisa your confirmation of application submission. SUBJECT LINE: COE APPLICATION STATUS
  7. Submit fingerprints & the ROI to Louisa in the COE Dean's Office.

PLEASE NOTE: If your application is NOT complete with all fees and fingerprint cards within 30 days from the time you submitted this application, the application will be canceled and you will be required to start the process for a background check from the beginning. Please ensure your fingerprints are received by the BACKGROUND CHECK PROGRAM prior to the 30th day or your application will be canceled. 


Please note: COE requires the following each semester an agency placement is required:

All fees are subject to change without notice. Please note that the fingerprints collected for this background check cannot be used for the DEED student teaching authorizations when you apply for your internship. 

All fingerprints, fees, and applications must be submitted the first week of class.

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


The forms below are required each semester for all school placements. 

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

Student Teaching Authorization (STA)-Internship Year
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 COE Student Services Office.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:

COE Student Services at 907-786-4401

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