As part of the pre-major requirements through the Field Experience 1, and as a Teacher Education major, candidates will be part of the work of community agencies, activities, and before and after-school programs that serve children. Candidates will also be required to participate in activities in public schools that are part of the Fairmont State University Professional Development School (PDS) Partnership.
Community agencies and programs that offer learning opportunities for children have institutional policies related to who may enter and work in their contexts. The College of Education, Health and Human Performance at Fairmont State informs all of our partners in community agencies, programs and public schools that we respect their institutional policies, and expect students in our academic programs to adhere to those policies.
Candidates should be aware that while the Fairmont State College of Education, Health and Human Performance does not require a criminal background check for entrance into the Teacher Education major, but the State of West Virginia does have policies related to who may enter public schools and work directly with children. Candidates will be required to provide documentation of completion of this procedure prior to entering any public-school facility for the purpose of field experiences and student teaching. It is recommended that pre-majors plan on completing these state requirements during their first semester in college.
It is also the candidate’s responsibility to discuss with any agency, program or school what they require for entrance onto their site.
Failure to provide this documentation upon request by an agency, program or school may result in the candidate’s inability to complete the Field Experience 1 and the requirements for Teacher Education.
If you have any questions or need any assistance in making sure you can be responsible for these expectations, please contact the following: