Graduate Education

Security Clearance Procedures

The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires you to get updated security clearances done at the start of your education program, prior to student teaching, and when you begin your actual teaching job. As a student in a Neumann University Education program with a required field experience component, you are required to apply for several background checks. Additionally, you will be required to have a TB test completed periodically. This can be done by your family doctor, at a local clinic (CVS, Walgreens), or by the nurse at Neumann. 


The required security clearances are:


  1. PA State Police Criminal Record Check:

  2. Department of Human Services Child Abuse History Certification

  3. FBI Fingerprinting

  4. Tuberculosis Testing

  5. ACT 24 Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form

  6. ACT 31 Training Certificate: Recognizing & Reporting Child Abuse


Please see the Security Clearances Packet for detailed information on obtaining each clearance.


The ACT 24 Arrest/Conviction Report and Certification Form can be assessed HERE


For questions about security clearances, please contact:


Dr. Louise A. Whitelaw 
Field Experience Coordinator
Bachman Main Building, 332B
(610) 358-4518