Frequently Asked Questions
Advances Professional Studies (APS)
What is Advanced Professional Studies?
Advanced Professional Studies, or APS, is criteria developed by Millersville University for admission to and retention in APS courses. MU has developed this criterion to prepare you to meet the requirements which The Pennsylvania Department of Education has established for certification to teach in Pennsylvania.
For the most up-to-date APS admission requirements for both Post-Baccalaureate and Undergraduate teacher candidates, please see APS Admission and Retention Information under helpful documents on this page.
What are the “Clearances”?
The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all Education majors to obtain the ACT 34 PA State Criminal Record Check, ACT 151 PA Child Abuse History Clearance, ACT 114 FBI Fingerprinting Clearance and a TB test (Tuberculosis Skin Test).
When do I need to obtain my clearances, and what do I need to do with them when I receive them?
Your clearances are a very important part of meeting the class and state requirements for field placement. Students must have all clearances on file, including negative TB test results, in order to be eligible to register for courses that require a field experience. Valid clearances (these are clearances within one year of the issue date and that do not expire within the duration of the course) must be on file prior to the start of the semester in which they are taking a course with a field experience or the student will be dropped from the course.
We highly recommend that students obtain initial and subsequent clearances during the summer (July is best) of their first year of study if possible. Clearances/TB tests obtained in summer and renewed each summer are the best and most convenient, and they will be good for the entire academic year.
Students should maintain a file of their original clearances/TB test on campus where they may easily access them if needed for their field placement. Copies should be filed in the Field Services office, Room 120 Stayer Hall, according to the Clearance/TB test procedure found on this site under "Helpful Documents".
What are Certification tests and when do I need to take them?
Please visit the Certification page to find answers about Certification testing requirements and registration information.