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How and when can I declare an education major?

To declare an education major, come to the front desk in McCracken Hall. You can apply to become an education major at any time, but the paperwork is typically processed the first two weeks of each semester. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to declare a teacher education major.

Where can I get BCI and FBI background checks?

There are several places you can get an BCI and FBI background checks. OUPD, located in Scott Quad, offers background checks Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.

Most police/sheriff departments offer background checks as well. Call ahead for days and times available. However, the background checks submitted to the Patton College of Education must be done in the state of Ohio.

Be sure to have the results sent to YOU! We only need copies of your background checks. Keep the original document because you will need to show it to instructors, teachers, and principals later.

Background checks are valid for one year. It is your responsibility to know when your background checks expire.

When is the deadline to apply for professional education?

You can submit your application at any time. Once you meet the requirements, you will be placed in professional education. Update your DARS often to recognize when you are admitted into professional education. (more information here)

Is transportation provided for field experience?

Transportation is NOT provided for field experience. However, many student find carpooling with classmates very convenient.