Attention ALL UG and GR Students taking courses with Field Experiences this winter and spring terms:
It’s time to CHECK the DATE your CLEARANCES will EXPIRE. The expiration date is one year from the issuance date.
If you will be taking a course that requires a field experience for the winter or spring term and your clearances will expire between now and the end of the spring term in June, you must request update clearances NOW (no later than NOV 1st) in order to submit the copies of updated clearances to the Field Placement Office by the December 15th deadline for winter term courses.
Some clearances such as the PA Child Abuse Clearance takes up to 6-8 weeks for processing– so time is of the essence to update all clearances.
If all of your clearances will be current through June and you will be taking courses with field experiences during the 2015-16 academic year or seeking a teaching position, June is a perfect time to update your clearances so you are prepared for the next academic year.
As a reminder, all School of Education students, regardless of whether you are an in-service or pre-service teacher (living in PA, USA, or another country) MUST submit a current FBI clearance each year indicating that NO RECORD EXISTS as well as any other updated clearance required of your school district/state at least 2 weeks prior to the start of the term. Drexel’ policy requires that the School of Education’s Field Placement Office has updated clearances on file at all times a student is engaged in field experiences within a PreK-12 classroom. There are NO exceptions!
Please be advised that if the Field Placement Office doesn’t receive your current clearances by December 15th, you will NOT be allowed to take any course with a field experience this winter term. Not taking action now will have an unfortunate impact on the timeline for completing the program and receiving certification.
Please contact your Academic Advisor if you have questions or to revise your plan of study if you won’t be able to submit all updated clearances by Dec 15th for the winter term.
Teacher Education Advising Staff
School of Education’s Advising and Field Placement Office