For all students that will be in a field placement, clearances must be updated each year. If a student studies abroad or does not have a placement for a particular semester their clearances must be updated and made current prior to beginning a new placement.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires four separate clearances for teacher candidates:
- PA State Police Criminal Record Check, (Act 34)
- PA Child Abuse History clearance (Act 151)
- FBI Criminal History Report* (fingerprints) (Act 114)
- TB Test form
- ACT 24 – 6004 Arrest/Conviction Form
All clearances are required for admission to the College's teacher education program (regardless of your state of residence) and for accepting a position in a Pennsylvania school. Criminal clearance forms and directions to process these clearances can be found above or may be picked up in the Education Office, Nicarry 143.
As you receive your criminal clearances, bring a copy of each clearance to the Education office, Nicarry 143. We need a copy of all clearances for your file. Lack of clearances will prohibit you from starting any field placement. Always bring your original clearances with you the first day of any field placement and present them to the school office. School districts also require that the Education Department of Elizabethtown College has verification of your criminal clearances on file before you start any field placement. Original criminal clearances are YOUR responsibility and should be stored where you can access them on campus.