CU students who declare an education-related major or major qualifying them for initial teacher licensure MUST submit to background check and fingerprinting procedures per Tennessee Law. This is to be done at the Admissions to TEP checkpoint. A second background check may be required by the host school during student teaching.
Information on conducting the Background check is available in the main office of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts.
A background check is only as good as the moment it is issued; therefore, licensure candidates must sign a statement stating that they agree to notify the Educator Preparation faculty of any incident that will alter the status of their initial background check (print, sign and bring or send the statement to the licensure office to be filed.)
If a background check is returned by the TBI to the university indicating a record with the courts, the university will follow this procedure. Anyone with a felony background is INELIGIBLE for teacher licensure in the state, and therefore will be assisted in determining another appropriate major or otherwise asked to leave the program.