Wilkes University

Clearances for Field Experience

Required Clearances

All required clearances must indicate that there are “no offenses” *

Before a Teacher Education candidate may enter the assigned school, all districts require three clearances:

1. Act 34: Police Criminal Record Check

2. Act 151: Child Abuse History

  • How to apply: Paper form only and it must be mailed to Harrisburg. You may download the Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance Form CY-113 at www.dpw.state.pa.us (Click on form at left side of site.) This clearance takes the longest to obtain; send in request at least 4 -6 weeks prior to start of semester.

3. Act 114: Federal Criminal History Record

  • How to apply: Register for fingerprinting anytime online at www.pa.cogentid.com Fingerprinting sites are also listed there. After registration and payment, print the registration form with the confirmation #, SSN, and DOB. This must be presented at the fingerprinting site.

* Clearances are valid for all field experiences and student teaching as long as the Teacher Education candidate is continuously enrolled in the Teacher Education Program at Wilkes University.