MANDATORY Criminal Occurrence Security Checks / Criminal Record Checks (COSC/CRC), with the additional requirement of the vulnerable sector check,  are mandatory for ALL Teacher Candidates.

First year Sequential Teacher Candidates - please deliver an original document representing your criminal occurrence security check to your Cohort Coordinator who will deliver it to the school division office connected to your partnership school.

Practicum Teacher Candidates - please deliver an original document representing your criminal occurrence security check / criminal record check to Dianne Sander in the Programs Office by June 30 for Term One and prior to Nov. 30th for Term Two. The Programs Office will forward the document to the school division in which you will be doing your practicum.

  1. The criminal occurrence security check / criminal record check (COSC/CRC) must be an original document that is dated within six months of the start date for field experiences and includes a vulnerable sector check.
  2. You will not be allowed to enter a school for field experiences or practica without a passed COSC/CRC delivered to the appropriate location.
  3. COSCs/CRCs can be obtained from the local city police or the RCMP in your area, and take about two weeks to process by these groups. Programs Office staff suggest that teacher candidates request three originals so that you can retain some for future use.
  4. The costs for the COSC/CRC are to be paid by the applicant.
  5. Verbal reporting of any new criminal charges must be done (no later than two working days after being charged) to the Director of Education in the school division where field experiences/practica are taking place, and this report must be followed immediately by a written report outlining the charges. Relevant circumstances may be included so that the Director or a designate can investigate further.

If You Have a Criminal Record

Teacher candidates with a criminal record are advised to seek advice as to whether they will be eligible to student teach, engage in practica in schools, or teach once they graduate. You are advised to apply for a pardon as soon as possible. Further information regarding eligibility to receive certification and application for a pardon can be found at:

http://www.npb-cnlc.gc.ca/pardons
- Click on Pardons in the top box for more information