35 W. Rosedale Ave.
302 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
General Information: 610-436-2321
Candidate Services: 610-436-2999
Certification Information: 610-436-2321
Clinical Experiences: 610-436-3090
Deans Office: 610-436-2321
Professional Testing Center: 610-436-2413
The State of Pennsylvania requires that all persons who interact with students in schools must have clearances for their field courses.
TB Test must be within 3 months prior to the first field class. (The first field class for a program, not the first field class for the academic year or semester.) If you currently have a TB test that is less than a year from the given date (do not retest within one calendar year), please contact the Office of Candidate Services at 610-436-2999.
The WCU TB Testing Form is preferred to report the results of your TB test or a letter from your doctor including the date the test was read and the test results. Your immunization record is NOT acceptable as proof of the test and will not be accepted.
Note: Some school districts hosting early field students and student teachers require a TB test issued within the year they begin their school district assignment. School district requirements take precedence over University policy. Never retest until one year after the "date read" of previous TB report.
Important: Print the certificate and not just the receipt!
It is also possible to go to the office of the Dept. of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, & Families in Harrisburg at 5 Magnolia Drive, Harrisburg, PA and obtain the PA Child Abuse Clearance. See directions to drive to Harrisburg for more information.
The fingerprint provider for the State of PA is IdentoGo, effective November 2017. The closest fingerprinting site to campus is 814 Paoli Pike, West Chester. Other sites can be found at https://www.identogo.com/locations/pennsylvania
To enroll, https://uenroll.identogo.com and enter Service Code 1KG6RT to get started (All teacher ed students use this same code to be fingerprinted for PDE)
Please note that the Office of Candidate Services does not yet have equipment to fingerprint with the new Commonwealth supplier, MorphoTrust/IdentoGO. The UPS store near campus is no longer a fingerprint site. Please use the link above to enroll. See Instructions to Complete Clearance Forms for step-by-step instructions.
Employed school professionals can be approved for one semester only when background clearances and a TB test are submitted from the school district's Human Resources (HR) Department accompanied by a letter or email stating the employee has permission to complete field work in the school district of employment.
The HR Department must fax this letter on letterhead OR email* with school district staff member's signature block stating that the field work will be done in the school district of employment.
If the field work is going to be completed outside of the school district the clearances must be current, i.e., within one year from the date of issue.
For additional semesters, if there are no changes in employment or clearances, employed professionals can submit the Clearances from Schools and School Districts for Employed Professionals form only indicating his or her intentions for field work.
Please Note: The employed professional cannot bring in the letter and clearances from the school district. It must be faxed to 610-436-2874 OR emailed* directly from the HR department to firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Due to the sensitive information contained in clearances, it requires sending them in a secure manner through encrypted email as directed by state guidelines. Therefore, please have the school district email me first at email@example.com notifying me clearances are ready to be submitted and I will reply with an encryption in the subject line. They will then reply to my email with your attached clearances.
Follow the directions to Submit a Fingerprint Card by Mail to IdentoGO at this LINK, Enter your Service Code to get started: 1KG6RT, click GO (all teacher ed students use this same code to be fingerprinted for PDE). Only submit a fingerprint card by mail if you are not able to get to an IdentoGO fingerprinting enrollment center in Pennsylvania.