During your studies:
The program of study requires successful completion of practicum assignments in schools. School boards require teacher candidates placed in Ontario schools to submit a criminal record check (CRC) including the vulnerable sector prior to having direct contact with students. Without a satisfactory criminal record check (CRC), you will not be allowed to participate in community service learning and practicum. The document must be valid and cover the entire academic year of the program (August 26 - April 30).
Steps to follow
- In June: Initiate the process to request your police record check from your local police service. As the document is valid for only one year, you must repeat this process for the second year of your program at the same time the following year.
- Prior to the beginning of the school year, send a COPY of the criminal record check (CRC) including the vulnerable sector to the Faculty of Education to: educprog@uOttawa.ca and KEEP THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENT to show school boards.
The waiting period to obtain this document can vary between two and fourteen weeks.
- Your police record check must cover your last five years of residency.
- If you have lived outside of Canada during this period, you must provide a Canadian vulnerable sector screening AND a vulnerable sector screening or equivalent from the country or countries where you have lived.
- If you have never lived in Canada, you must provide a vulnerable sector screening or equivalent from the country or countries where you lived AND, upon your arrival in Canada, a Canadian vulnerable sector screening.
- Please contact CPRM@uOttawa.ca for assistance if you have lived outside of Canada for more than six months in the last five years.
The Ontario College of Teachers also requires a valid police record check to fulfill its registration requirements for professional accreditation. Visit the OCT website for more information (search for “criminal record check”).