Teacher Education Background Check Information

All students admitted to the Teacher Education program must pass a background check for the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) prior to beginning program coursework. 

You MAY NOT participate in required field experiences UNTIL your background check has cleared.  Failure to receive clearance in a timely manner could delay you a semester or more in the program, as you will have to repeat the semester to complete field experiences.

Your admissions letter will give you instructions on the clearance process. Please make sure you read it carefully.




To complete the Teacher Education background check process:

  1. Go online to the USOE site and complete the Background Check application and make your payment online. Print out the authorization letter (Instructions).
  2. Pay the WSU LiveScan fee of $20 at the Cashier's Office (WSU Student Services Building 2nd floor).  Be sure to get two copies of your receipt: one for your records and one for the WSU LiveScan office.
  3.  Go to ED 230 - Teacher Education Advisement Center and do the following: 
    1. Bring your Letter of Authorization from USOE (online)
    2. Fill out a Background Check Application form (sent with your admission packet or get one from the reception desk)
    The receptionist will then give you an appointment for fingerprinting.
  4. Show up at the WSU LiveScan fingerprinting office in ED 022 at the appointed time with valid driver’s license or passport identification.

Current Fingerprint Times –  

January 7, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
January 8, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
January 9, 10:00 am-12:00 pm
January 12, 4:00-6:00 pm
January 15, 4:00-6:00 pm
January 16, 12:00-3:00 pm


All required paperwork must be submitted!

USOE (Teacher Ed)

: If you are unable to be fingerprinted during any of the available WSU LiveScan appointed times, you will have to go to one of the alternative USOE Live Scan sites. Please follow the directions below:

After you have received an email from USOE saying you have cleared your background check, your clearance card and lanyard will be available in the Teacher Education Advisement Center ED 230.  You will need to provide proof of USOE background clearance and a picture ID.  The clearance ard must be worn at all times when you are in a school and must hold the clearance cared and WSU ID.


This background check is valid for three years, and must not be expired at time of licensing at the completion of the program in order for the department to recommend you to the state for a license. If you do not complete your professional education program, including student teaching and licensure application, within three years of completing the background check, you will have to repeat the process.