Pennsylvania Clearance Forms and Requirements for Teaching
Drexel University School of Education
Clearances Required for Teaching in PA
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
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.
PA State Education Clearances for Teachers
Students conducting a field experience in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
will be required to obtain the following:
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 $23.85 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 (StuTeach@drexel.edu) 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.
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 (StuTeach@drexel.edu).
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
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
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
Teacher candidates are required to complete an
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
StuTeach@drexel.edu. 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.
Student Teaching Requirements: Field Placement Information and Application
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:
In Stage I Field Placements, candidates observe classes in a wide variety
of schools and school-related settings. Students serve as active observers
assisting classroom teachers and practitioners toward supporting learning of
individual students and coordinating classroom activities.
In Stage II Field Placements, candidates explore working in small group
settings and with one-on-one instructional support of young learners.
Candidates learn about school communities and school policy and
The following link connects to the Stage I and II Field Placement Application:
At Stage III, 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
Stage IV 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
Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests
The Praxis is a series of teacher exams required by most states to earn a
teaching certification. A passing score on the Praxis I exam is required by
most college and universities, including Drexel, for admission into a teacher
education program. A passing score on the Praxis II exam is required by most
states to receive a teaching certification. The assessments cover several
subject areas and each state requires a different combination of exams in
order to receive certification.
See test requirements for Pennsylvania
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)