Required Background Checks
SING Background Check
The UNI Teacher Education Program requires all teacher candidates to complete the SING background check one time during their program of study and is valid during the duration of a candidate’s program of study. For this background check the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (IDCI) will review the Child Abuse Registry, Dependent Abuse Registry, and the Iowa Criminal History Record to ensure the safety of children in the PK-12th grade schools. The SING background check needs to be completed before teacher candidates begin their first field experience at UNI. Click here to access the required SING Background Check Forms.
After completing the SING Background Check forms, you may submit these to the UNI College of Education Advising & Teacher Education Success Office (CATS), 152 SEC, along with a nonrefundable payment fee of $15.00 (required by IDHS). You may pay in cash, by check or money order. If you pay in cash you must have exactly $15.00. We are unable to make change. If you pay in check or money order please make it payable to UNI-Teacher Education. We cannot add this expense to your u-bill.
FBI Background Check—Only for Early Childhood Education Majors
This additional background check is required by the Iowa Department of Human Services for only Early Childhood Education majors. This background check is valid for four years. No other major needs to complete this special background check. You must come to the UNI College of Education Advising & Teacher Educaction Success Office (CATS) to access the required FBI Background Check Forms unless other arrangements have been made.
Mailing Option for Background Check Submission
You also may mail your SING Background Check forms and FBI Background Check forms to:
College of Education Advising & Teacher Education Success Office (CATS)
Schindler Education Center 152
1227 W. 27th ST
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0602
Where to Find Your Certificate of Completion
We will post a certificate of completion for you in My Universe after we have processed the background check(s) with IDHS and IDCI. We will not email you or call you to let you know the background check is done. Allow at least one week for processing from the time you turn in your forms. To access and/or print your certificate:
- Log in to MyUNIverse
- Go to the My Page tab
- Find the Teacher Education heading
- Click on Certificate Viewer
- Click on Verification of SING Background check.
Students should carry a copy of their background check certificate with them when they are at a field experience.
UNI Teacher Education Program Application Student Self-Reporting of Alleged Criminal Misconduct Policy
When applying to the UNI Teacher Education Program students must read and acknowledge the UNI Teacher Education Program’s policy for self-reporting of alleged criminal misconduct. Click here to access this policy.
SING Background Check Self-Reporting Letter Guidelines
If a student has been charged with an act of criminal misconduct, they must complete a Self-Reporting Letter and submit this to the UNI Office of Teacher Education. Click here for the Self-Reporting Letter Guidelines.