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 requested/order date on the report", after which time you will need to obtain a new one. There is a fee each time a background report is obtained.
If the background report 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).
Criminal History Reports (CHRs) must be obtained from Safe Hiring Solutions unless you are an Early Childhood Education (ECE) major being placed in a Head Start setting (see information listed below). Effective February 2016, all SHS reports are now expanded reports. Effective August 1, 2016, all SHS reports will have the DCS check on them.
NOTICE: If you do not have a credit card and need to pay by check or other means, contact Safe Hiring Solutions at 1-888-215-8296 and they will assist you with alternate payment instructions.
ECE MAJORS AND DUAL MAJORS:
If you are an ECE major or dual major who is being placed in a Head Start setting, you must follow two different procedures because of having placements in both a Head Start setting and a public/private P-12 school district setting.
Don’t forget to print, fill out, and sign a Criminal History Release Form too. Return the release form to the EPIC office in NF #243. If you have previously completed a release form, you don’t need to do another one. If you are not sure, contact the EPIC office and ask if they have one on file. Everyone will need to have a release form on file. 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.