Internship and Licensure Background Checks

Criminal history and child maltreatment background checks must be less than one year old to be used for licensing purposes.

FOR INITIAL AND PROVISIONAL LICENSES

All candidates completing an initial licensure program (undergraduate, MAT, school counseling, school psychology, and speech language pathology) must have an approved background check prior to beginning the final internship semester.

MAT candidates applying for a provisional license must also complete the process detailed here.

This background check can also be used for licensing provided that it was approved no more than one year prior to the issuance of the initial license. For more information from the Arkansas Department of Education regarding background checks, click here.

FOR LICENSE RENEWAL

The UCA College of Education is an approved Arkansas Department of Education LiveScan site and can provide this service to currently licensed educators who are completing the license renewal process.  Both steps below are required for license renewal.

STEP 1: Criminal History Background Check (LiveScan)

Complete the steps below to complete your criminal history background check using the LiveScan system:

A.  Pay for your background check.

  • Directions for paying for your LiveScan are available here.
  • Access the LiveScan payment site here.
    • UCA MAT provisional licenses, UCA interns and UCA faculty/staff select University of Central Arkansas for District/Location and use 8800021 for the Verification Code.
    • Non-UCA students/interns and educators not employed at UCA should contact their school district for the correct location and verification code.
    • Provisional licenses and interns select EDUC Teacher (Pre-Service) for Reason for Fingerprinting.
  • Print your payment receipt and bring it to your LiveScan appointment.

B.  Complete the background check consent form available here.

  • Be sure to select the correct reason for your background check.
    • Prior to internship for an initial license select Teacher (Pre-Service).
    • Others should select the appropriate choice.
  • Print your consent form and bring it to your LiveScan appointment.

C.  Choose your LiveScan location.

  • To complete your LiveScan at UCA, go to uca.edu/go/LiveScan and select an available appointment time.
    • The LiveScan location at UCA is Mashburn Hall, Room 118 (Office of Candidate Services).
    • LiveScan at UCA is available by appointment only from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM and from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM on most weekdays when the University is open.
  • You may select another LiveScan location.  A list of additional LiveScan sites is available here.  Most sites require an appointment for fingerprint scanning.  Call your selected location to schedule an appointment.

At your scheduled LiveScan appointment time, bring the following:

  1. Your printed payment receipt (from item A above)
  2. Your printed consent form (from item B above)
  3. Your government issued ID (e.g., driver’s license)

If you need assistance BEFORE your LiveScan appointment:

  • Email Patricia Carbon – pcarbon@uca.edu
  • Call Ms. Carbon – (501) 852-0922
  • Visit Mashburn Hall, Room 118

If you need assistance or have questions AFTER you have completed LiveScan, contact:

Clara Toney, Arkansas Department of Education
Email: clara.toney@arkansas.gov
Telephone:  (501) 682-4342

STEP 2: Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check

For the Arkansas Child Maltreatment Central Registry check, submit the application with payment following the directions on the form.  Pre-service (student interns) and currently licensed teachers, mark Licensed Teacher as the applicant type.

Notice that this form must be notarized.  You must sign the form in the presence of the notary.  Also, you are strongly encouraged to pay by check so that you have evidence of your payment.

The form to submit for child maltreatment registry check is available here.

Allow 4-5 weeks for your Child Maltreatment registry check to clear.  If you have questions or problems, contact the Arkansas Department of Human Services at (501) 682-0405.

Arkansas Educator Licensure System

To verify that your background checks have cleared, use the Arkansas Educator Licensure System (AELS).  To access your record, login to your account at the site below and select View current license information. Only when current dates for ASP, FBI, and Central Registry are entered have you completed the background check process.

adeaels.arkansas.gov/AelsWeb/Account/TeacherLogin.aspx