Education Department Background Check Policy

In adhering to state and local guidelines for expanded criminal history check, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College requires all students enrolled in the teacher education program to complete a criminal history background check prior to beginning any clinical placement including observations, fields, practicums, and student teaching.

The college uses CastleBranch (formerly CertifiedBackground) to meet requirements for all clinical placements. 

Background Check AI36 – AI36 is for all students who need a background check for a clinical experience.   

Background Check AI36re – AI36re is a recheck for students who have had an initial expanded background check that has expired.

Background Check AI36fp – AI36fp is for students who need an electronic fingerprint check only.

Background Check AI36fpink – AI36fpink is for students who need to mail in an ink card submission.

Certified Background Check

This background check & fingerprint must include the following: search of records maintained by all counties in which the individual resided, a national criminal history background check, sex offender registries in all 50 states or the national sex offender registry maintained by the United States Department of Justice.

All clinical experiences are subject to the background check requirements and policies of the school corporation or experience site in which the teacher candidate is placed. SMWC education major students must contact the school corporation in which they are placed to verify their criminal history/background check policy. Any additional background check requirements will be completed at the student’s expense.

Should the criminal history report indicate any offense, the teacher candidate will not be permitted to begin the clinical experience until the candidate provides documentation (e.g., court records) indicating that the offense is not a felony or a penalty that would prohibit issuance of a teaching license in the State of Indiana. All cases are subject to individual review and decision of the Teacher Education Board.

There are multiple packages offered by CastleBranch (formerly Certified Background) so please make sure you are selecting the correct background check package needed for you at this time. Please click on the background check package that applies to you and follow the directions accordingly.