Back to top

Background Checks

Any student participating in a P-12 field placement (of any length or purpose) who is not already a fully licensed professional, must complete a background check prior to entering the field site.

The PDF iconguidelines for EHE field placements are based on the screening system used by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). If you have a conviction that falls into either the First or Second Screen for Initial Licensure and Initial Employment, you will not be placed in a K-12 setting until you have met the Rehabilitation stage (if applicable, and Second Screen only). If your background check shows any conviction in either area, your program will immediately alert you of your academic options.

What to Know for Processing

  • BCI&I: Request code 3319.39B3
  • FBI: Request code 3319.39
  • Only these codes will be accepted.
  • Request that a copy be sent to ODE if applying for licensure within the year.
  • For first-time processing, allow 8 weeks prior to placement.
  • Repeat processing will take 2-4 weeks without an arrest record, 6-8 weeks with an arrest record (even if expunged or occurred as a juvenile).
  • PDF iconFingerprint Consent Form for Educator Prep Program

Have a copy of your background check sent to the campus address below where you attend classes:

  • Columbus Campus

    The Ohio State University
    Background Checks-EHE
    1590 N. High St., Suite 300
    Columbus, OH 43201
  • Lima Campus

    The Ohio State University at Lima
    Dr. Leah Herner-Patnode
    567-242-7167 Lima Campus Education & Human Ecology
    Galvin Hall 402-D
    4240 Campus Drive
    Lima, OH 45804
  • Mansfield Campus

    The Ohio State University at Mansfield
    Redmond L. Wood, M.S. Ed.
    124 Riedl Hall
    1760 University Dr.
    Mansfield, OH 44906
  • Marion Campus

    The Ohio State University at Marion
    Jim Craycraft
    1465 Mt. Vernon Ave.
    Marion, OH 43302
  • Newark Campus

    The Ohio State University at Newark
    Lu Ann Bline
    1179 University Dr
    Newark, OH 43055

Where to Go for a Background Check

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  • Any conviction of an offense found on the PDF iconscreening tool list, according to ODJFS and ODE's Standard for Licensure, will result in the student's inability to be placed in field sites.
  • Any arrest (without conviction) of an offense on the PDF iconscreening tool list, will be up to the discretion of the field site to determine eligibility.
  • The price varies depending on where you get your background checks completed. However, prices range $50-$70 USD, with an average of $63 USD.
  • Refer to your specific campus/program for submission and copy requirements.
  • Background checks are only good for one year from the date of issue; therefore, you will need a new background check every year you are doing field placements.

For questions about background checks (including where to pick up your background check), please contact