Students involved in early clinical experiences throughout an initial teaching licensing program (Decision Point 1 through Decision Point 3), must have:

  • completed a video training titled "Protecting Children from Sexual Misconduct" before field placement requests will be processed
  • a current expanded national criminal background check completed prior to entering a school for a field experience

We have partnered with CastleBranch to provide this check. Please click the link below to access the background check website and follow the directions.

Order Your Criminal Background Check


Please note that this policy does not apply to student teachers, since student teachers follow the school corporation employee criminal background check procedures.

About the Background Checks

The expanded national background check includes the following:

  • search on county criminal records
  • resident history
  • social security number alert search
  • search within the national record indicator
  • check on the national sexual offender registry

Please note there is only one check associated with this process. The additional Indiana Expanded Child Protective Index Check (ECPI) is no longer required

Criminal Background Check FACTS

  • No student can enter into a school building without a valid background check.
  • Criminal background checks are only valid for one academic year (Fall-Summer Session II).
  • When ordering a background check, plan on five (5) business days before receiving the result.
  • BSU cannot accept background checks from another vendor. In order for the background check to be considered valid, it must go through our approved vendor.

Video Training

EDURisk can be accessed via Once logged into the system you will need to scroll down until you see “Additional Tools.” Once there click on the link titled “EDURisk Training-Students” and follow the directions. Do not select EDURisk Training-Faculty. That is only for faculty and staff members at Ball State.