Criminal Background Checks for Clinical Experience Placements

Local districts require IWU clinical students to complete a name-based criminal background check prior to the first day of placement. Check if school is either in District 87 or Unit 5 by utilizing table below.

District 87 & Unit 5 Criminal Background Check (CBC) Procedures. 

 District 87

$5.00 paid online

Valid for one school year 

(Use IWU email)


 Unit 5

$8.00 paid online

Valid for one school year

(Use IWU email)

Step 1: Use District 87 Quick Links website to find Student Observer (click below)
Step 1: Pay first the $8.00 at the Unit 5 online payment link found at the site below. (make sure link says clinicals) it is ok to set up account as no promotional or marketing emails will be sent


Save your receipt

D87 Criminal Background Check
Unit 5 online payment link
Step 2: Fill out Raptor screening application and payment of $5.00. Save your receipt or confirmation email.
Step 2 : Email for a link to the Unit 5 Background Check site.


Step 3: Receive a clearance email from the District 87 or Raptor when your criminal background check has been approved. Bring clearance email with you to placement.
Step 3: Complete Unit 5 criminal background check application via the link received on email and save completion email from Bushue for signing forms - Unit 5 states unless you hear from them everything is good to go
District 87 Schools (city of Bloomington physical locations only)
  • Bloomington High School 
  • Bloomington Area Career Center
  • Bloomington Jr. High School 
  • Bent, Irving, Oakland, Sheridan, Stevenson, Washington (Elementary Schools)
  • Sarah E. Raymond School of Early Education
 Unit 5 Schools (town of Normal and city of Bloomington physical locations)
  • Normal Community, Normal Community West (High Schools)
  • Chiddix, Evans, Kinsley, Parkside (Junior High Schools) 
  • Benjamin, Brigham, Carlock, Cedar Ridge Fairview, Fox Creek, Glenn, Grove, Hoose, Hudson, Northpoint, Oakdale, Parkside, Pepper Ridge, Prairieland, Sugar Creek, Towanda (Elementary Schools)

FAQ answers:

  • Complete the criminal background check process by the second week of class.
  • Allow 2 weeks for district to complete the criminal background check process.
  • If placed in a district other than D87 or U5 contact district office for criminal background check procedure.
  • IWU students are responsible for fees associated with criminal background checks.
  • Districts cannot share criminal background checks.
  • Students who do not comply will be removed from placement.
  • District requirements are subject to change.
  • Use the address that matches the Driver's License or State ID
  • Contact Assistant Director of Teacher Licensure - Ben Wells - with questions