Clearance Guidelines

Because you will be working with children, pre-service teachers must obtain their Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (Act 34), Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151), Federal Criminal History Background Check (Act 114), as well as a TB Screening Test.  Students should have the clearances sent to their permanent address and should keep the originals for their records.  The following information is provided to help facilitate the necessary documentation needed to enter the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg Campus Education Program.  Please read this information carefully

Checklist of Necessary Documentation

  • Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151)
  • Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check (Act 34)
  • Federal Criminal History Background Check (Act 114), includes fingerprinting
  • Child Abuse Recognition and Mandatory Reporting Training (Act 31)
  • TB Test

Child Abuse (Act 33)

You will need a debit/credit card to complete this clearance.  Cost:  $10.00

https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

To start this process, you will need to "CREATE INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNT".  Upon submission, you will receive a temporary password at the email that you provided.  Log into the website using the username and password, reset your password.  Start your online clearance application.

After completion of the application, you may receive your clearance immediately (print at this time) OR you may receive a message stating that you will be notified when your clearance has been processed (when you receive this email, log onto the site and print your clearance.  Store your username and password for future reference to the site.

Criminal Record (Act 34)

You will need a debit/credit card to complete this clearance.  Cost:  $10.00

This clearance can be completed on line by accessing the Pennsylvania Access to Criminal History website at: 

https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Click on Submit a New Record Check

Complete and submit your request for clearance.  This process takes less than five minutes.  After completion, you will be able to view and print your clearance results.  You will see a link "DOWNLOAD YOUR CERTIFICATE," click on this link and download, print and save your certificate.

FBI Clearance (Act 114)

You will need to go to an Identogo place (locations on website). Cost: $21.35

https://www.identogo.com/locations/pennsylvania

Federal Criminal History Record Fee: $22.60

  • Applicants must get fingerprinted for an FBI background check.
  • Applicants should register online with Identogo at https://uenroli.identoqo.com/
  • Upon entering the Indetogo site, the first question you will be asked is to "Enter Your Service Code to get started". The service code that you MUST enter is 1KG6RT.
    This code reflects Pennsylvania PDE - College/University Teacher Education Programs.
  • Applicants will enter all demographic information. During the application, you will be asked to select a form of identification that you will provide at the fingerprinting center. You will also have the ability to schedule a time to have your fingerprints completed. This step is recommended.
  • After completion of the registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Note: Payment is not made until you present for fingerprinting.
  • Applicants must take their printed email confirmation as well as their form of identification they selected during the application process to the fingerprinting center.
  • The applicant will report to one of the approved fingerprint centers. Find a fingerprinting center location near you. Note: Closest location to Pitt-Greensburg Is 120 Equity Drive, Greensburg, PA (Westmoreland Intermediate Unit).

Child Abuse Recognition and Mandatory Reporting Training

This FREE training is made possible by the University of Pittsburgh, the Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families, the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators, and funding from the Children’s Justice Act. 

To access the training, log on to

https://www.reportabusepa.pitt.edu

Initially, you are required to set up a username and password. After you create a username and password, log into the site. Click on the rrca-2008:  Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse link to start the training.

PA Child Welfare Resource Center webpage screenshot

Once you launch the training use the NEXT button to continue to the next slide.  The slides are timed depending on the content of each slide.  You are not able to move to the next slide until the NEXT button appears.  Due to the timing of the slides, the training is approximately 3 hours long.  You do not have to complete the course in one session.  If you need to stop mid-training, log out by using the Close & Save button which is located in the top, right-hand corner of the slide.  During any future visits, a pop up message will appear asking if you would like to resume where you left off.  Please click the “Okay” button and you will pick-up where you stopped the training during your previous login.  You will be asked questions throughout the training.  It is necessary to answer the questions in order to complete the training.

A Certificate of Completion will be available to print upon completion of the course.  If you need to reprint your certificate, you may log back into the site, re-launch the course, and reprint at any time.

TB (tuberculosis) Screening Test

The TB test is to be obtained through your family physician or at a medical facility of your choice.   This testing requires two appointments (administration of the TB serum and “reading” of the test site).  Please plan accordingly, you are required to return 48-72 hours after the administration of the TB serum to have your test "read".  Prior to pre-student teaching, you will be able to have the test administered on campus for a minimal fee (approximately $15.00).

SPSEA (Student Pennsylvania State Education Association

All education majors/minors are required to be members of SPSEA.  Membership fee is assessed as a lab fee attached for the Social Foundations course.  The SPSEA membership gives students in education many great opportunities to further their experience in the teaching profession.  As a member of this organization, you are able to attend all workshops for free AND you are provided with a $1 million liability insurance (Educators Employment Liability).

Please note: As long as a student remains continuously enrolled at Pitt-Greensburg, clearances will not need to be updated until the semester prior to pre-student teaching. However, the TB screening test must be updated yearly.  TB testing will be provided at Pitt-Greensburg, free of charge for subsequent years of enrollment.