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Requirements: Background Check, DESE Profile, SMSTA and Substitute Certification

Criminal background checks (CBC) are only good for one year and must be valid through the first day of school at the school district you’re placed at. All Northwest student teachers MUST complete a Missouri CBC regardless of what state you are student teaching. You must create a DESE profile following the instructions on the link below. Once you have been "cleared", you need to email a screenshot of this profile to steach@nwmissouri.edu. Make certain the screenshot includes your name at the top and the clearance date at the bottom. When signing up to do your fingerprinting you will need a 4-digit registration code; Northwest's registration code is 2301. In addition to the link below showing instructions on how to set up your profile is a link to show fingerprint registration. The average time for completion is two weeks.