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(These background check instructions are only for Southeast. Do not follow these instructions for substitute or initial certification (DESE). Please follow DESE’s background check instructions for certification purposes: https://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/fingerprint_information_form.pdf.)
In order to participate in any field experience, you must provide evidence of having had an updated fingerprint background check on file with the Teacher Preparation Program. Background checks completed for Southeast Missouri State University after September 2018 have no expiration (unless you have left Southeast or the Teacher Preparation Program for more than one semester). If a background check was completed prior to September 2018 for Southeast Missouri State University, a new fingerprint background check must be obtained.
To see if you have an up-to-date valid fingerprint background check, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can provide evidence of having a valid background check by doing one of the following:
|Background Check & Substitute Certification Recommended Timeline*|
|At the beginning of the semester in which ED280 or ME222 (Music Ed) is taken:||Prior to the semester in which the Prior to the semester in which the EL314 Literacy Field Experience (EESE) or SE365 Pedagogy 2 or SE360 Pedagogy 2(MSE) are taken:||Prior to the semester in which EL430/EX309 Advanced Field Experience (EESE) or SE380 Advanced Field Experience (MSE) are taken:|
|Obtain a background check.||Apply for a substitute certificate that will serve as a proxy for a background check. (DESE requires a background check as a part of this process.)||Obtain a background check.|
*Students are required to have an up-to-date FBI background check to be eligible for all field and clinical experiences. Failure to follow these recommendations may result in a delayed start to a field placement. Since circumstances may be unique, always confirm scheduling plans with an academic advisor.
Missouri and National Rap Back Program
Southeast Missouri State Teacher Preparation Program participates in the Missouri and National Rap Back Programs. The purpose of the Rap Back program is to allow the Teacher Preparation Program to receive updated Missouri and National fingerprint based criminal arrest information on individuals who are in the Teacher Preparation Program.
No action is taken on the part of the COE. Candidates and personnel will be advised that “no news is good news” in terms of CHRI notifications.
For COE personnel, it will be the role of the Dean to review the results of the FBI background check and ensure no one with a criminal history consistent with grounds from dismissal from a teacher education program supervises the receipt of background checks.
For candidates, according to DESE, if “(a)n individual has pled guilty or been found guilty of a felony or crime involving moral turpitude whether or not sentence is imposed,” they will not be eligible for a teaching certificate.
Students with a felony conviction are not eligible for matriculation in to the teacher education licensure program at Southeast Missouri State. A complete list of convictions not eligible for teacher licensure is provided below.
Students that have one or more offenses shall meet with the Dean to discuss the implication of the offense(s) upon future participation in field experiences and student teaching. Teacher education candidates must understand that individual school districts have the right to reject candidates with a positive criminal history. Students will be expected to create a corrective plan that allows districts to see the potential strengths of the teacher candidate in spite of the offense(s).
Students should be aware that the timing, pattern, and type of offense(s) may prevent placement in to a field experience. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education utilize a standard of moral turpitude in determining whether a teacher education candidate is suitable for work in schools. Moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States that refers to "conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals." (West’s Encyclopedia of American Law). Students with repeated offenses may be denied entrance to field experience unless evidence is supplied that the issue is no longer a reoccurring pattern of behavior for the teacher education candidate. (e.g. successful participation in a program for addiction for a student with multiple driving under the influence convictions.) Students may be requested to produce official court documents related to the offenses and the resolution of the issue that resulted in the criminal history. Students will not be required to meet with the Dean each field experience for a previously reviewed offense. Students with new offenses must meet with the Dean of the College of Education.
Students with any of the offenses below are not eligible to participate in the teacher education program.
Students removed from the Teacher Education Program due to offenses that are the judgment of the Dean of the College of Education have the right to appeal. Appeals will be made to the Dean of Student Life. The student will have the right to provide documentation related to the offenses as well as other evidence to suggest the teacher candidate should be considered eligible to participate in clinical experiences with children or adolescents. Appeals should be made within 5 days of the decision to remove the student from the Teacher Education Program.
The decision of the Dean may be altered if