Criminal History Clearance and District Placement Requirements

Criminal History Clearance and District Placement Requirements

Criminal History Clearance and District Placement Requirements

In addition to the mandatory College of Education Criminal History Clearance and Mantoux/TB test, you may be required to complete one or more additional requirements if mandated by the district in which you are placed.  If you are placed in a district that requires any additional requirements, you will be notified by the Office of Clinical Experiences (OCE) via Rowan email with specific instructions and deadlines. It is your responsibility as a clinical intern/student to comply with all placement requirements, including payment of any associated fees, within identified timeframes.  You will be reminded a maximum of three times via email.  Failure to comply after three reminders may result in a denial of placement and removal from the corresponding courses.  This could delay your course sequence and graduation.   Plan ahead – it can sometimes take 4 weeks for the criminal history clearance process to be completed. 

Please follow the links below for detailed instructions.

  • Criminal History Clearance (Mandatory for all College of Education students)
    • Rowan’s District Codes (County – 15, District – 7270, and School – 001)
    • Instructions for obtaining a criminal history clearance.
      • Print for future reference.
  • Mantoux/TB Test (Mandatory for all College of Education students)
    • Mantoux/TB test must be obtained 6 months prior to field start date.  
    • Instructions for obtaining a Mantoux/TB test.
      • Print for future reference

Substitute Teaching Certificates:  It is highly recommended that all initial teacher preparation students obtain a substitute teacher certificate as soon as you have completed the minimum of 60 semester hours and have your background clearance.  Things to consider when making your decision:

  • Obtaining your substitute certificate allows you to work as a substitute teaching while still completing your coursework.
  • You will gain valuable experience in the classroom and make important professional connections in the districts.
  • Many school districts now require a substitute teacher certificate for clinical practice year placements.
  • A substitute certificate may allow you to begin teaching immediately following the completion of your program, while you await the issuance of your initial teacher certificate.
Additional information on the substitute teaching certification process can be found on the New Jersey Department of Education’s website.