**** Update In Clearance Policy, Effective July 1, 2009 ***
In accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and all School Districts who host Field Experience and Student Teaching Experience Students, the School of Education will now require that all students submit each of their clearances (Act 33/Child Abuse, Act 34/Criminal History, Act 114/FBI, and TB Testing) to the Office of Student and Academic Services ANNUALLY during their academic career at Duquesne University.
It is extremely imperative you follow these new guidelines, so that you do not face one or all of the following consequences:
- Student with outstanding clearances will not be permitted to register for courses.
- Student will be removed from Education courses if not in possession of current clearances.
- Student will lose Student Teaching Placement if not in possession of current clearances.
To submit your updated clearances, please bring the original or a copy of your current clearances to Ms. Cindy Cafaro, 214 Canevin Hall. If you are unsure if your clearances are current, please call the Office of Student and Academic Services at 412.396.6093.
This policy is being implemented to conform to the policies of local school districts in accordance with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Clearances are required for the safety of school children, and also for the adults who interact with them. Different school districts may have differing renewal policies; however, our policy must cover all possibilities. We understand that the need to renew each of the clearances multiple times might cause concern to students and their families. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Office of Student and Academic Services at 412.396.6093 or by e-mail email@example.com. Thank you for your understanding and adherence to this matter.
Find out how to obtain your clearances here.
To find out which tests are required for certification, how to obtain certification, and a Pennsylvania Behavior Specialist License, click here.
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School of Education
Office of Student and Academic Services
214 Canevin Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
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Undergraduate & Graduate Leading Teacher Excellence Awards • Application Deadline April 15
Each year, during the School of Education's Diploma Ceremony in May, the School of Education recognizes one graduate from both the School of Education's undergraduate and master's Leading Teacher Program. The Leading Teacher Program Excellence Award is given to a student who demonstrates excellence in one of the three Themes of the Leading Teacher Program-Leadership, Diversity and Technology-and is framed in the Spiritan tradition of caring. December 2013 and May 2014 graduates are invited to apply now!
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