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Teacher Certification Forms

Required Clearances

In an effort to protect children from potential harm, law requires that all teacher education students complete a current Federal FBI background check and obtain the required clearances for the state they live in before completing a field experience.

This process is extremely important to both schools and Drexel University. Teacher education students who do not complete the required background check and clearances will not be permitted to enter a school building.

Students conducting a field experience in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will be required to obtain the following:

FBI Clearance (IDEMIA’s) (IdentoGO)

IDEMIA is the electronic fingerprinting vendor for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students must have their fingerprints taken by IDEMIA as part of the FBI background check process. Students will need to pay a fee of $22.60 as a fee for the service, and will need to travel to an official IDEMIA fingerprinting location. Students will receive a copy of their criminal history record once it has been processed.

Upon registering for the fingerprint check, you will be assigned an unique Universal Enrollment ID (UEID). You are to email the UEID to the Field Placement Office ( so that the FPO may access your FBI clearance online. Be sure to process this clearance through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) NOT the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) or the Department of Banking (DOB). Note: The ‘Service Code’ for Colleges/Universities Teacher Education Programs is: 1KG6RT.

More information about how to complete a federal FBI background check and fingerprinting can be found at the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s website.

Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training

Drexel University School of Education teacher candidates must complete the required Reporter Training before starting their field experience. Reporter Training prepares students with the proper information on how to handle and report issues they experience at a school. Reporter Training is conducted online. You can register and complete the training at the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center website. Candidates must print out the certificate of completion and forward a copy to the Field Placement Office (

PA State Police Criminal Background Check (For students completing field experience within the state of PA)

Students completing a field experience in the state of Pennsylvania must complete a criminal background check through the Pennsylvania State Police. Students can complete the process online through the “Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History” system or “PATCH.” PATCH allows the public to easily access criminal history record checks in accordance with PA’s Criminal History Information Act.

There is a fee associated with obtaining a criminal record check. For information about how to obtain your criminal history record, please visit the PATCH website.

PA Child Abuse History Clearance (For students completing field experience within the state of PA)

Drexel University School of Education students completing a field experience in a school in Pennsylvania must apply to receive PA Child Abuse History Clearance before beginning their field experience. Students can apply online through the Child Welfare Portal. The website, created by PA Child Welfare Information Solution provides the public with a convenient method to have their Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance processed online. The record check will let the student know if they are listed in the statewide child abuse database. Students can apply online at

Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form

Teacher candidates are required to complete an Arrest/Conviction Report before starting their student teaching experience. The form should be filled out by the candidate and returned to the Field Placement Office. Additionally, schools may request that student teacher candidates complete and sign the form for their files.

*Students are to submit all clearances electronically via email to Please be sure to use the email subject heading: Clearance Submission and your full name.

NOTE: * Clearances expire 5-years from date of issuance and it is the student's responsibility to maintain updated clearances. Some schools and school districts may require clearances be valid within a year from the date of issuance in order to conduct your field experience within their school/district. Additionally, some districts may require proof of a clear Tuberculin skin test. Drexel students will be notified of any variance(s) on a case-by-case basis by the Field Placement Office.

Field Placement Application and Student Teaching Information

Field experiences must take place within an approved school setting as identified and confirmed by the School of Education’s Field Placement Office. Per the School of Education's policies, field experiences are not to occur within a school or building in which a teacher candidate's children attend or family members are employed. Field experiences are broken into four stages, carefully crafted to provide students with the education and skills to operate their own, effective classroom. The stages include:

Stage I Field Experience


In stage one, candidates observe classes in a wide variety of schools and school-related settings. Drexel Unviersity School of Education require our students to be active observers and assist classroom teachers and practitioners wherever needed including supporting the learning of individual students or coordinating classroom activities. Students will complete written reflections on their experience. 


Download the Academic Year Field Placement Form


Stage II Field Experience


In stage two, candidates will explore their space by working in both small groups of students, as well as providing one-on-one support to young learners. Candidates learn more about their school community, as well as the policies and regulations for each school. Candidates at this stage keep an ongoing log of their classroom experiences.


Download the Academic Year Field Placement Form (Note: Stage I and II use the same form)


Stage III Pre-Student Teaching


At stage three, candidates continue to evolve their teaching skills by teaching in small groups and in whole class settings, under the observation of the classroom teacher. At this more advanced stage, candidates are applying their knowledge from their Drexel University School of Education classes.


Download the Pre-Student Teaching/Practicum Application


Stage IV Student Teaching


Stage four is the final stage of the Field Experience process for Drexel University School of Education teacher candidates. Candidates complete a minimum of 420 hours of teaching in a school. Graduate students complete a 13-week (minimum) experience, while undergraduate students complete a 24-week (minimum) student teaching experience. Candidates are supervised closely by the full-time Cooperating Teacher. This experience allows candidates to apply all of the skills and knowledge they have learned through their Drexel classes and their previous field experiences. Candidates will gain first-hand knowledge of the demands of the teaching profession and will receive direct feedback from their Cooperating Teacher.


Download the Student Teaching Application

PA Educator Certification Tests

Praxis Information

NOTICE: All candidate's who do not take the Praxis Exams within PA should list the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as a score recipient (#8033) on their Praxis Registration form. Praxis scores for candidates who take the Praxis Exams within Pennsylvania are automatically sent the PDE.

All candidate's should list Drexel University as a score recipient (#RA2194) on their Praxis Registration form.

Student Teaching Forms (For Cooperating Teachers & Site Supervisor)