Background Check

All students involved in field experiences, volunteering, or tutoring programs offered by the College of Education will be required to have, at minimum, one background check completed prior to involvement in these opportunities. 

The type of background check will depend on which instance they are participating in above. The two (2) types of background checks are either a state or a national background check.

Students involved in any field experience need to undergo a national criminal background check prior to admittance to professional education.


MN Background Check Procedures (no fee)

The MN Background Check must be conducted for all candidates prior to involvement in 200 Level field experiences, volunteering, or tutoring programs offered by the College of Education.

Note: This is not the National Background check and is not acceptable for admission into professional education nor for use with field experiences beyond the 200 Level experiences.


National Background Check Procedures (fee paid to vendor by student)

Please refer to the “CastleBranch Instructions” PDF document below for instructions to complete the national background check. Please note there are two options in your program area – one for Initial when completing the background check for the first time, and one for Renewal when needing to renew your background check.

You will need to have a credit card ready to process your request.  The cost for an initial background check is $39.50 and renewal is $19.75.



Students may need to update their background check as required by the Office of Field and International Experience. At the time a teacher candidate begins student teaching his/her federal criminal background check must have been conducted within the last 12 months.


Background Check Information