All Pennsylvania school districts now require that any visitors to their schools – including teacher candidates completing field experience assignments, pre-student teaching, or student teaching – obtain three clearances. To see detailed information about the clearances requirement, click here. Please note that transfer applicants to all undergraduate and post-baccalaureate teacher certification programs from other institutions or from other majors within RMU must submit Act 34, Act 33/151, and Act 114 clearances with their applications.
In addition to the three clearances, students must also obtain a TB test in order to complete pre-student teaching and student teaching.
For all questions concerning clearances, please contact Mrs. Mary Poehlmann in the Teacher Education Office at 412-397-6027 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Act 34 Clearance
Act 34 (Pennsylvania Criminal History Record) Clearance is required of all students seeking teacher certification. This clearance must be obtained prior to scheduling your first RMU course that requires field experiences, and then must be renewed annually to remain current. The Act 34 Clearance is only valid for one year from issuance date.
You can obtain the Act 34 Clearance electronically at https://epatch.state.pa.us/ by clicking on the Submit a New Record Check link. You will get an immediate response. Print the summary of the criminal record check. The cost is $10, to be paid online by credit card.
Act 33/151 (Pennsylvania Child Abuse) Clearance
This is required of all students seeking teacher certification. This clearance must be obtained prior to scheduling your first RMU course that requires field experiences, and then must be updated annually to remain current. The Act 33/151 Clearance is only valid for one year from issuance date. There is $10 application fee.
Effective 12/31/14, the Child Abuse History Clearance can be submitted online by using the following link: https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS. The $10 application fee must be paid with a debit/credit card. Creating an account and submitting your clearance application online will give you immediate access to your results or the status of your results if your results cannot be processed immediately.
Paper submissions of the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance application will still be accepted for anyone who may not have access to the internet. The $10 application fee must be paid with a money order. The hardcopy version of the application may be found at: http://www.dhs.state.pa.us/findaform/childabusehistoryclearanceforms/S_001762
Submit paper applications to:
Childline and Abuse Registry
Department of Public Welfare
P.O. Box 8170
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8170 Ph: 717-783-6211
PLEASE NOTE: It may take 4 to 6 weeks for Pennsylvania agencies to return clearances. This process can sometimes be expedited by submitting you application and money order to the local office of an elected representative to the Pennsylvania state legislature.
Act 114 (FBI Criminal History Record) Clearance
This is required of all students seeking teacher certification. This clearance need only be obtained once, the first time prior to scheduling your first RMU course that requires field experiences. The cost is $28.75, which includes an unofficial hard copy. Students should obtain an official copy as well, which costs an additional $2.50.
The FBI criminal record clearance is a fingerprint–based background check, and is a multiple-step process. Click here to view the steps.
TB Test Results Requirement
A tuberculosis (TB) test result is a requirement for pre-student teaching and student teaching. A copy of valid TB test results must be provided to the Teacher Education Office, along with your updated clearances in your student teaching application. The TB test result is only valid for one year from testing date, and then must be renewed annually to remain current.
TB tests can be administered by your primary health care provider, and test results must be written on a doctor’s prescription pad, dated, and signed by the doctor.
For more information the TB testing requirement, and for help in fulfilling this requirement, please click here.
For More Information, Contact:
Mary P Poehlmann
Assistant to the Dean for Teacher Education
School of Education and Social Sciences
Nicholson Center 434