Background Checks

Rules and Regulations:

rules and regulations istock imagePer Arkansas Department of Education before entering a classroom to complete a supervised clinical practice, (all teacher education candidates) shall apply to the Identification Bureau of the Arkansas State Police for a criminal records check and to the Department of Human Services for a Child Maltreatment Central Registry check and shall successfully complete those background checks in accordance with the Department of Education Rules Governing Background Checks and Licensure Revocation.

Background check fingerprinting will be conducted through the Office of Teacher Education. Students can contact the office for scheduled availability or check the link below for fingerprinting appointments. Students who are not currently enrolled and living in the state of Arkansas will be required to do ink fingerprinting. Packets for ink fingerprinting are available by request. 

Students will not be allowed to enter a classroom until all background check components have successfully cleared. An unsatisfactory background check may prevent a student from being admitted to a teacher education program, as a denied clearance will prevent a candidate from being hired in an Arkansas school. For more information about rules governing background checks, please visit the following page: ADE Background Check Requirements

These background checks are valid through the entire period of continuous enrollment at the University of Arkansas; however, students may be required to complete another background check at the time of recommendation for licensure, as results must be current within one year at that point.

Schedule a LiveScan Background check: 


Forms and Handouts:

How to Check Background check status on the AELS database

Arkansas Department of Human Services Child Maltreatment Central Registry Check form


Currently living out of state and need background checks?