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 Student Connect system.  Information about this process is distributed in classes that require an early field experience.

For questions, contact Nancy Ringgold in Mashburn 104 (Department of Teaching and Learning).
Phone:  (501) 450-5478
Email:  ringgold@uca.edu

This same background check can be used for admission to the teacher education program.  For more information about admission to the teacher education program, visit the Office of Candidate Services in Mashburn 119.

To initiate the Student Connect background check, complete the forms available here.

NOTE:  The Student Connect background check is not sufficient for licensure. It can only be used for early field experiences and program admission.  For licensure, candidates must complete the full criminal history background check that is 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.