Missouri State University

Clearances Required for Practicum and Student Teaching



The Educational Field Experiences office currently collects clearance documentation on over 1,500 students completing practicum and student teaching experiences each semester.  To comply with both Missouri State and school district requirements, our office requires that all students provide documentation to show completion of all required clearances before the student enters the classroom.


To verify compliance of these clearances, students should email (efe@missouristate.edu), fax (417-836-5008) or bring verification copies to Hill Hall 215. Failure to complete these items well before the beginning of your practicum or student teaching will result in delay or cancellation of the placement.

What is required for a practicum of 30 or less clock hours?

 What is required for student teaching and a practicum over 30 clock hours?

  • Verification of current Professional Liability Insurance  (must be renewed each academic year)
  • Current negative TB Skin Test Report  (valid for one year from date of test)
  • FBI Background Check:  This is ONLY required for students in a practicum consisting of more than 30 clock hours and ALL student teachers.  This is required even if you are currently working on a Provisional, Temporary or Substitute Certificate, or if you are working as a Teacher's Aide. The FBI Background screening is valid for one year and your clearance date is recorded automatically on your profile page.  To create your DESE profile please follow the instructions for creating a DESE “Educator Certification System” profile.  If you already have a profile you may login here.  The clearance date must not expire during the entire practicum or student teaching experience. A complete list of practicum courses that require FBI fingerprinting can be found here.

What Should I Take to my First Day?

Each school may have different requirements regarding the items you will need to present on your first day of practicum.  Because requirement vary and may change without notice, we highly recommend that you take ALL of the following items with you to your first day of practicum to ensure that you will be allowed to enter the school that day:

  • Copy of your FCSR background check results or a screen shot from your DESE online profile showing your FBI Fingerprinting Clearance Date
  • Copy of your TB Skin Test Results
  • Copy of your Professional Liability Insurance confirmation email
  • Your Name Badge


Educational Field Experiences
Hill Hall, Room 215

Office Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday

Fax number: 417-836-5008
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