Some graduate programs (in addition to initial teacher certification programs) require extensive field experience through internships as a program requirement. The student’s faculty advisor arranges the internship in cooperation with the student and local school systems/agencies. For students enrolled in an initial teacher certification program at the graduate level, application for internships must be submitted to the Department of Teaching and Learning. Students who are required to participate in internships or other field experiences as part of their graduate program are required to complete a criminal background check on admission to the program and before commencing the internship. Students will not be required to undergo a criminal background check more than once per year.