School of Education Required Background Check

Prerequisite for Registration

See course list below

The School of Education strives to produce educators who model high standards before their peers and who have dedicated their lives to education. In keeping with this mission, our students complete a variety of field experiences in K-12 school systems as part of their programs. Background checks have become a requirement in our partnerships with these schools. Out of respect for this change in climate, we require all students to complete a background check through CastleBranch. Please note the following information:

  • All School of Education candidates (licensure and non-licensure) are required to complete the background check in order to enroll in our courses.
  • This service is supported by CastleBranch. Candidates are responsible for all fees associated with the background check package. These fees will be paid directly to CastleBranch.
  • Background checks take approximately 2-8 weeks to process from the time the required materials are submitted, dependent upon the package purchased.
  • The background check may be purchased in one of two ways:
  • Previously purchased background checks through American DataBank will be accepted. Students who have previously purchased a background check through American DataBank are advised to submit their fingerprinting and Virginia Child Abuse Check as soon as possible.

Background check purchase (receipt) through CastleBranch will be required to register for all education courses after 6 credit hours have been completed in the program. Completion and clearance of the background check will be required for education courses which require a field experience as well as student teaching and internship. You will not be able to register for these courses without background check receipt and clearance. Please see below for information on convictions and findings that may result in a student’s inability to be enrolled in a practicum course and/or dismissal from the program.

Prerequisites for Online Courses:

  • No prerequisite (The background check through CastleBranch can be purchased on MBS for these courses):
    • EDUC 200, 205 (A.A., B.S.)
    • EDUC 500, 518, 600, 606 (M.A.T., M.Ed., M.Ed.-TL)
    • EDUC 701, 812 (Ed.S., Ed.D.)
    • EDCE 501
  • Clearance required:
    Background check clearance is required for any field placement in K-12 schools.
    • EDUC 380, 390 (B.S.)
    • EDUC 554, 590s, 625 (M.A.T.)
    • EDUC 647, 648, 650, 699 (M.Ed.)
    • EDUC 672, 696, 698 (M.Ed-TL)
    • EDUC 798, 919, 970, 980, 989, 990 (Ed.S./Ed.D.)
    • EDCE 698, 699
  • Receipt required:
    • All other EDCE/EDSP/EDUC courses (including intensives) 

Prerequisites for Residential Courses:

  • All other EDCE/EDSP/EDUC courses (including intensives)
  • No prerequisite:
    • EDUC 125
  • Receipt required:
    • EDUC 220, 221
  • Clearance required:
  • All other EDUC courses (EDUC 225 through EDUC 477)
  • EDSP 324, 364, 414, 474 (practicum courses)

Terms of Dismissal

A felony or other conviction reported on the background check may result in a student’s ineligibility for field practicum placement or required licensure, and may result in dismissal from the program. The School of Education reserves the right to dismiss students from the program for convictions that can affect the safety and well-being of children and adolescents. The School of Education administration has adopted standards that mirror the Virginia Department of Education licensure regulations to determine the infractions that may lead to program dismissal in programs that have a field practicum or include licensure from the Virginia Department of Education.

According to the Virginia Department of Education licensure regulations, disqualifying infractions include –

  • Conviction of any felony;
  • Conviction of any misdemeanor involving moral turpitude; and
  • Subject of a founded case of child abuse and neglect.

A student is entitled to an individualized determination on a program dismissal decision. The student may provide sufficient information and document to demonstrate that he or she does not pose a danger to the safety and well-being of children and adolescents, and possesses the essential character traits required for placement in a professional practicum field placement and/or required licensure. The School of Education review all material presented to make the final determination as to whether the student will be found ineligible for field placement and/or required licensure dismissed from the program.


Questions concerning the background check may be sent to

VDOE Notification:

The Background Check is required as part of standards for eligibility within the LU School of Education.  In addition, the Virginia Department of Education also makes determinations about your eligibility to earn a state license.  The following questions will be asked of you as part of your application to receive your state license:

1.Have you ever been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a felony?

2.Have you ever been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a criminal offense in another country?

3.Have you ever been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a misdemeanor involving a child (minor)?

4.Have you ever been convicted of, or entered a plea of guilty or no contest to, a misdemeanor involving drugs (not alcohol)?

5.Have you ever had a teaching, administrator, pupil personnel services, or other education-related certificate or license revoked, suspended, invalidated, canceled, or denied by another state, territory, or country; surrendered such a license; or had any other adverse action taken against such a license?

6.Have you ever been the subject of a founded complaint of child abuse or neglect by a child protection agency?

7.Have you ever left any education- or school-related employment, voluntarily or involuntarily, while the subject of an investigation, inquiry, or review of alleged misconduct or when you had reason to believe an investigation of alleged misconduct was under way or imminent?

8.To your knowledge, are you currently the subject of any investigation, inquiry, or review of alleged misconduct that could warrant discipline or termination by a school division or other education-related employer or an adverse action against a teaching, administrator, pupil personnel services, or other education-related license or certificate?