Practicum and Internship

Pennsylvania laws require all prospective employees of agencies serving children (Act 33) and public and private schools (Act 34) to acquire criminal history clearance and child abuse history clearance (Act 151) prior to employment. Many school districts require volunteers and others working directly with children to have these clearances. Accordingly, the College of Education requires all students enrolled in field experiences to have both Act 34 and Act 151 clearances. Out-of-state residents must, in addition, present evidence of an FBI background check. These Acts were intended to cover employees of agencies and schools, however, some agencies and school districts are also requiring these background checks for interns. All practicum and internship students must also maintain professional liability insurance.