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Background Checks

To all candidates enrolled in EDF 203 or EDF 310:

The College of Education at Eastern Kentucky University requires a candidate background check through Verified Credentials, Inc. for admission to professional education.  Candidates will complete the background check during enrollment in EDF 203 or EDF 310.

The College of Education,PES Office of Licensure and Certification, has partnered with Verified Credentials, Inc. to establish a consistent screening procedure for all candidates. Your fee for this service is $40.00.  Please note that this fee must be paid at the time of ordering or Verified will not run the background check.

Please follow the directions below for submitting your application to Verified Credentials, Inc. 

To access QualifiedFirst go to:

How It Works:

1.       Enter code for the program you will be attending located above the “Get Started!” button on the right side of the page

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2.       Create an account

3.       Enter all required information, pay the fee, and submit

4.       Track your progress

5.       Authorize release of background check to EKU PES Licensure and Certification. Candidates who opt not to release their background check must notify the PES Office of Licensure and Certification of their decision -

If you encounter difficulty accessing opening the link or ordering your background check, you may contact Verified Credential’s Client Services Team for assistance.  Their number is 800.938.6090 or you may email them at

The results of the background check will be sent to you via email by Verified Credentials. If any information is found that would negatively affect your eligibility for enrollment in any College of Education course, you will be given an opportunity to challenge the information through the Adverse Action process associated with Verified Credentials before making a decision to release your background check to the PES Office of Licensure and Certification at EKU.  If you have any questions, please contact Client Services at (800) 938-6090

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