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In order to conduct a field experience in a PK-12 setting, all Drexel teacher education students must have:

  • A current Federal FBI background check
  • Obtain the required clearances
  • Submit the Academic Field Placement form

  • This may seem like a lengthy process, but it is extremely important when one considers this is for the safety and welfare of PK-12 school children. Schools and districts take clearance policies very seriously. One will not be able to enter a building without the proper clearance information.

Students conducting field experience within the state of PA will be required to obtain:

  • FBI Federal Criminal History Record (Act 114): Information about how to obtain your FBI clearance is available at the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Upon registering for the fingerprint check, you will be assigned a secure registration ID# that you must supply to the Field Placement Office so that we can access your FBI clearance online. You will not be able to access your records online yourself, but you will receive an "unofficial" paper copy of your FBI clearance for your files. 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).
  • Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training (Act 126): Teacher candidates must complete the mandated reporter training. Candidates are to print the certificate and forward a copy to the FPO. The online training can be found at Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center.
  • Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Records Check (Act 34): Request your record through the Pennsylvania Access To Criminal History (PATCH) system.
  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151): Information related to background checks/clearances can be found at
  • Pennsylvania Child WelfareArrest / Conviction Report and Certification Form [PDF] (Act 24): Teacher candidates must complete the PDE-6004 form to have on file in the FPO. Additionally, schools may request candidates to sign a form for their files. Forms can be found at Pennsylvania Department of Education.

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 annually and it is the student's responsibility to maintain updated clearances. Some districts may also require proof of a clear Tuberculin skin test.

Academic Year Field Placement Form

Please use the instructions below for accurate completion of the Academic Year Field Placement Form. If possible, please fill this form out once for the entire year.

Academic Year Field Placement Form

  • Under “Program” select DragonsTeach
  • Leave "Secondary Concentration Certification" and "Special Education Concentration" sections blank Under “Academic Year” insert the current AY year
  • Under each term, list the courses with field experiences that you plan on enrolling in (i.e. Fall Quarter Course #1: ESTM 201, Winter Quarter Course #1: ESTM 210)
  • For Desired School District Name, enter School District of Philadelphia in the boxes numbered 1, 2, & 3
  • Check all four boxes at the end of the form For more information, please visit the School of Education’s Field Placement website.