Required Background Check FAQs

Example of Notification
  1. Is this the same background check as the one I completed on my Watson Application?
  2. Do I need to complete the background check with Certiphi – Application Station?
  3. When should I complete the background check with Certiphi?
  4. Do I have to pay for the background check with Certiphi?
  5. How will UNCW know when I have completed my background check with Certiphi?
  6. Will I be notified if there is an issue with my background check?
  7. I just completed the background check for the Watson College of Education application. Do I still need to complete the background check with Certiphi – Application Station?
  8. Do I need to complete a background check with Certiphi every semester?
  9. What happens if I don't complete the background check through Certiphi?

1. Is this the same background check as the one I completed on my Watson Application?

No, this is a different, but required background check, delivered by Certiphi.

2. Do I need to complete the background check with Certiphi – Application Station?

Yes, all students completing degree or non-degree programs leading to NC teacher licensure must complete a formal criminal background check as they enter field experience coursework.

3. When should I complete the background check with Certiphi?

Once you register for courses that have a field experience, you will be contacted via your UNCW email account to complete the background check. The instructions along with a due date will be included in the email. Once you receive this email, please complete the background check immediately.

4. Do I have to pay for the background check with Certiphi?

Yes, there is a fee to complete the background check. The fee is calculated by the number of searches Certiphi must complete for your background check. The fee is set by Certiphi not UNCW. All questions about the fee should be directed to Certiphi.

5. How will UNCW know when I have completed my background check with Certiphi?

All completed background checks will be automatically transmitted to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairsin the Watson College of Education. There is no need to print or submit a hard copy to our office.

6. Will I be notified if there is an issue with my background check?

The background checks will be reviewed thoroughly and if any offenses appear which might jeopardize your eligibility for a NC teaching license, we will contact you for a meeting to discuss the concerns.

7. I just completed the background check for the Watson College of Education application. Do I still need to complete the background check with Certiphi – Application Station?

Yes, the background check through Certiphi is for your field experience coursework not your Watson College of Education application. The background check you complete with the Watson College of Education application is a self-disclosure background check and is used only for admission purposes.

8. Do I need to complete a background check with Certiphi every semester?

No, you will complete the background check when you begin your field experience coursework and again when you begin your student teaching internship semester.

9. What happens if I don't complete the background check through Certiphi?

Failure to complete the background check will result in you being dropped from all education courses requiring field experience coursework.





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