American College of Education requires applicants to a program leading to certification successfully complete and pass a criminal background check prior to being evaluated for admission. By requiring a background check, ACE can confidently refer students to schools to complete their student teaching which will continue to increase schools’ trust in ACE. In addition, by successfully passing a background check for admittance, helps improve the applicant’s likelihood of being able to obtain a certificate from the state upon successful completion of the program.


The purpose of a background check is to ensure applicants have not engaged in any behavior deemed unsafe for working with children. The background check applies to all applicants pursuing a program leading to certification. Admission to the program may depend on the results of this check.


I. Background Checks

  1. Applicants to the programs requiring background checks must complete the background check through ACE’s approved provider.
  2. An applicant’s application will not be considered complete until a background check has been completed.
  3. Applicants are responsible for the fees required to complete the background check.
  4. ACE is unable to accept background checks completed by other providers.
  5. Before a copy of the background check can be sent to a school for student teaching, the student must sign a release stating ACE can send in the results.

II. Background Check Results

  1. If a candidate has been convicted of any of the felonies listed in IC 20-28-5-8(c), the applicant will not be admitted.
  2. Denial of admissions may result from other convictions showing a pattern of poor judgment or unprofessional behavior. Behaviors evidencing incompetence or neglect of duty may not specifically be described as criminal, however; they may cause an applicant to be denied admission into the program.
  3. If a candidate does not pass the criminal background check – a copy of the results will be sent to the applicant along with a copy of consumer rights.
  4. If a candidate believes their criminal background check is incorrect, once it is corrected, he/she can request another background check be submitted to ACE for review.