Every school or agency that the Department of Educational Studies interacts with requires our students (you) to have a current background report on file at the university. A current background report is defined as "within one year from the issue date", after which time you will need to obtain a new one. There is a fee each time a background report is requested.
If the issue date will become more than 1 year old before the end of your field experience, you must obtain a new background report prior to the beginning of your field experience. If an infraction appears on the report, a faculty committee will review the report to determine if you are eligible to enter into field experiences or student teaching. IPFW and each school or agency reserve the right to deny placements based on the report. In addition, should an infraction occur during the timeframe of the field experience or student teaching, it is the student's responsibility to report this to their supervising instructor(s) and the EPIC Office (Neff Hall #243).
Step-by-step instructions on how to apply for your Criminal History Report: Criminal History Report instructions
Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree and dual license majors - See "NOTE" below and follow your criminal history background report instructions listed within.
Criminal History requests must be obtained from Safe Hiring Solutions unless you are an Early Childhood Education (ECE) major (see note below). Reports will be sent directly the EPIC office (not the student) approximately 1 to 2 weeks after the request and payment are completed. The EPIC office will maintain all current reports. If you need a copy of your report, contact the EPIC office to obtain a copy.
NOTE: If you are pursuing an Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree or dual license with ECE, the state of Indiana has specific laws governing procedures for obtaining a national criminal history check. Universities must follow specific procedures in order to place students in a licensed child care center (including Head Start) for field experience or practicum. Please click here to read the policy and procedures for all early childhood education students as well as Elementary/ECE DUAL Licenses.
There is also a Criminal History Release Form that you will need to complete and turn in to the EPIC office secretary in Neff Hall #243. You will only need to complete this form once during your IPFW enrollment. This form gives the IPFW College of Education and Public Policy department permission to use, copy, and send your Criminal History Background report to the schools or agencies where you are being placed for a field experience, practicum, or student teaching.
An IPFW elementary student working with a young student during her field placement.