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Field Placement Requirements

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Field Placement Requirements

Overview

Student Teaching Candidates must complete several pre-service tasks before they can enter a classroom – whether that means completing field experience hours or beginning the student teaching experience. These tasks are meant to protect and benefit the candidates, as well as the students with which they will be working.

These obligations is in conjunction with the Council on Teacher Education (CoTE), which has developed some of the training modules required for completion by Candidates.

Failure to complete any of the tasks outlined below may negatively impact the ability for candidates to complete the field experience hours and/or student teaching hours required by the BAT/Licensure program.

Fingerprinting & Criminal Background Check

Completion of the Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Check (CBC) must be completed and passed before Candidates visit their placements.  This restriction applies to Field Experience Hours as well as Student Teaching.

The Council on Teacher Education has a strict policy regarding Criminal Background Checks.

Additional information on the details of the Criminal Background Check can be found here.

Candidates can complete the Fingerprinting and CBC simultaneously by visiting Accurate Biometrics, which processes the checks through the Illinois State Police.  You will need to provide the Accurate Biometrics Fingerprinting/CBC Form In order to have the results of the Criminal Background Check filed appropriately.

Scheduling and completing this process is the responsibility of the Candidates and must be done on their own time.  You can view the upcoming hours of operation for Accurate Biometrics – which change regularly – by clicking here.

The links below can be used to aid you in completing this step.

Questions about this requirement can be sent to flte@illinois.edu.

Tuberculosis (TB) Testing

Candidates are required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to have a completed Tuberculosis (TB) test on file with the Council on Teacher Education. The completion deadline for this test will discussed at the Newly-Admitted Student Workshop, typically held prior to the beginning of the fall semester.

The TB test can be completed : completed by visiting the McKinley Health Center, the details* of which are as follows:

  • • Hours: Monday through Friday, 8-5 pm. (8am-4:30pm Summer)
  • • Quanti-Feron Gold TB screening test is available Monday through Thursday 8:30am-5pm, and Friday 8:30am-3pm. There is a $30 charge for this screening.
  • • TB skin testing is available Monday through Wednesday, and Friday. There is a $5 charge for this screening.
  • *This information is provided by the McKinley Health Center website

Providing the results of the TB test to the Council on Student Teaching is the responsibility of the Candidates. Once received, results should be mailed to the following address:

Council on Teacher Education
505 E. Green Street
Suite 203
Champaign, IL 61820 MC-425

Any results sent through the Campus Mail system should be addressed to mail code MC-425.

Questions about this requirement can be sent to flte@illinois.edu.

Bloodborne Pathogens Training

All Candidates are required to complete a Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) training module.

Completing this training module is meant to prepare Candidates in the event of a classroom situation involving possible interactions with blood or other bodily fluids.

The Bloodborne Pathogens training can be accessed here, and requires a University of Illinois NetID and password.

The training module will require a time commitment of approximately [info pending] minutes.

Questions about this requirement can be sent to flte@illinois.edu.

Teacher Education Safety Training

The safety of all Candidates while they are in the field is incredibly important. In order to assist in safely completing their placement responsibilities, all Candidates are required to complete the Teacher Education Safety Training module.

The Teacher Education Safety Training can be accessed here, and requires a University of Illinois NetID and password.

The training module will require a time commitment of approximately [info pending] minutes.

Questions about this requirement can be sent to flte@illinois.edu.

Mandated Reporter Acknowledgment Training

All Candidates who move on to student teaching will be required to complete a Mandated Reporter training module prior to beginning their student teaching assignments.

During their time in classrooms, Student Teaching Candidates will be required to report any suspected neglect or abuse of a child to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline. The aforementioned training is provided in order to assist them in understanding their roles as Mandated Reporters.

According to the Department of Children and Family Services training website, the complete training course includes the following:

  • A pre-training assessment
  • A 60 to 90-minute interactive training implement
  • A post-training assessment
  • A Certificate of Completion

The Mandated Reporter Training module, provided by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, can be accessed here.

Once training is completed, a copy of the Certificate of Completion should be sent to flte@illinois.edu.

Questions about this requirement can be sent to flte@illinois.edu.