Early Field Experiences

Those who currently hold a valid Arkansas teaching license are not required to complete an additional background check before beginning a field experience.  The following information is for those candidates seeking an initial license.

Undergraduate & MAT Candidates Only

Prior to any field experience, undergraduate and MAT candidates must have a background check.  For early field experiences, candidates can use the StudentConnect system.  Information for completing that background check is included in the forms below.  At the same time, candidates should complete the field experience waiver that is included.  All signed documents should be submitted to Nancy Ringgold in the Teaching and Learning department.

 Early Field Experience Background Check and Waiver

NOTE:  The StudentConnect background check is not valid for licensure.  For licensure, candidates must complete the final internship background check detailed here.

Initial License School Counseling Only

A preliminary background check is required before beginning any field experience (e.g. Practicum).  Those with a current teaching license may use the background check that they completed for licensure.  Initial license school counseling students should contact the School Counseling program coordinator for information about acceptable background checks.