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CastleBranch Background Check
Concord University Teacher Education Candidates are required to complete yearly background checks through CastleBranch. Candidates are required to apply for a background check using CastleBranch’s online ordering system by the first working day in September during the Fall semester, and the first working day in February during the Spring semester.  Official results will be provided directly from CastleBranch to the Department of Education Office.  Results must be received by the last working day in September during the Fall semester, or the last working day in February during the Spring semester. The Admission, Retention and Dismissal (ARD) Committee will review unsatisfactory background check results with guidance and council from Concord’s Service Area Superintendents, and the WV Department of Education Certification Office.

Students who have already participated in an early clinical experience through Concord University’s Department of Education will be permitted to begin their clinical experience(s) as long as they have applied for a background check, with the understanding that if results are not received by the last working day in September/February that they will be removed from their clinical experience, resulting in ARD Committee review and possible course failure. Candidate’s whose background check results are unsatisfactory will have their placement immediately suspended and/or terminated following background check result review by the ARD Committee.

Students who have not yet participated in an early clinical experience through Concord University’s Department of Education will not be permitted to begin their clinical experience(s) until background check results are received by the Department of Education Office. Candidate’s whose background check results are clear will be permitted to being placement. Candidate’s whose background check results are unsatisfactory will have their results reviewed by the ARD Committee. Pending review, candidates will be permitted to begin placement, or will be denied placement, resulting in possible course withdraw.
 
LiveText

LiveText is an internet-based subscription service that allows students and instructors to “create, share, and collaborate on educational curriculum.” LiveText is used for assignment submission, artifact collection, standards integration, and student assessment in Concord University’s Teacher Education Program. Candidates in Concord University’s Teacher Education Program are required to maintain an electronic portfolio in LiveText for submission of standards-based assignments and to showcase their work. Concord University uses LiveText extensively in all field placements. 

Each candidate will need to purchase a LiveText membership, which includes the Field Experience Module, as part of course and clinical experience requirements. LiveText must be purchased prior to the completion of EDUC210. Students will be able to use the same LiveText account for up to 5 years, or up to one year following graduation, whichever comes first.

For more information on LiveText, please review the following:

Educational Psychology and Technology (EPaT)

EPaT is an integrated 6 credit hour offering that combines two education classes: The Psychology of Teaching and Learning (EDUC 305) 3 hours and Educational Technology (EDUC 301) 3 hours. EPaT requires the successful completion of a 25 hour Early Field Experience. Students are required to apply for acceptance into EPaT the semester prior to which they intent to take it. For more information regarding EPaT courses, please review the Academic Catalog.

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