The College of Education’s Clearances Policy requires that all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in College of Education courses that require fieldwork submit updated copies of the following clearances to the College annually (each summer, by July 1st), via its online platform, EdPortal:
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Record (Act 34),
- Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance (Act 151),
- Federal Criminal History Background Check (FBI/fingerprint check) (Act 114), and
- P.P.D. (TB) Test (School Health regulations, 28 PA Code, Section 23.44).
For detailed information about these requirements, refer to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website.
Before you begin coursework in the CTE Program
Prior to beginning coursework in the CTE Program, CTE Interns are required to submit updated copies of all four clearances. This approval of clearances is referred to as the "baseline" approval for fieldwork within the CTE Program.
Subsequent years in the CTE Program
Annual Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification (Act 24)
Once all four required clearance documents (State Police, Child Abuse, FBI/Fingerprints, and Tuberculosis) have been submitted, accepted, and your status listed as ‘cleared’ on your edportal page, CTE Teachers wishing to register for any of the following courses:
- Undergraduate: CTE 3101, CTE 3102, CTE 3103, EDUC 2296, EDUC 4788
- Graduate: EDUC 5605, EDUC 5888, CTE 5401, CTE 5411, CTE 5426
….are required to submit an Act 24 form annually (May 1 to July 1 each year) to maintain cleared status. CTE teachers completing the courses listed above only have to submit the four documents once. Once this baseline is in place CTE teachers registering for the above courses only need to submit an Act 24 Form [pdf]. Submit your Act 24 form annually to The Center for Professional Development in CTE between May 1st and July 1st of each year via this online form: CTE Act 24 Submission Form.
Annual Clearances Renewal Requirement
CTE Teachers in the Temple Certification Program (Vocational I and Vocational II) who wish to register for any of the following courses:
- Undergraduate: EDUC 2109, SPED 2231, EDUC 4111
- Graduate: EDUC 5402, TESOL 5631
…are required to submit current clearance documents (State Police, Child Abuse, FBI/Fingerprints, and Tuberculosis) annually (May 1 through July 1 of each year) in order to register for these courses. The Act 24 form cannot be used to allow registration for these College of Education classes.
If CTE Teacher Interns do not plan to enroll, or are not enrolled, in any of the College of Education courses above (or any other College of Education course that requires clearances) either during fall or spring semester of an academic year (August - May), then they may choose to submit an Act 24 Form in lieu of getting all four clearances updated, as long as they meet the following criteria:
- The CTE Teacher Interns are continuously enrolled as Temple University students.
- The CTE Teacher Interns take courses that are taught by and managed by the Center for Professional Development ("The Center") in CTE.
Important policy notes:
- CTE Teacher Interns who have indicated on the Act 24 form that the have been arrested and/or convicted of a crime in the past year should contact the Office of Field Placement (215-204-8011) immediately, and no later than a week before the start of the semester, in order to establish a meeting with him and clarify next steps.
- CTE Teacher Interns who submit an Act 24 form to The Center that does not indicate an arrest and/or conviction in the past year but about whom it is learned that the CTE Teacher Intern has in fact been arrested and/or convicted of a crime within the past year will be subject to immediate dismissal from the CTE Program at Temple University.
- CTE Teacher Interns who do not submit Act 24 forms by the designated date will not be given credit by their course instructors for any fieldwork until the Act 24 form is submitted and is cleared by The Center.
CTE Teacher Interns who do not submit either the four updated clearances or the Act 24 form may be prevented from registering for or enrolling in future coursework in the CTE Program at Temple University.