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Fingerprinting and Criminal Background Check

Connecticut law requires all students in teacher/educator certification programs to undergo state and national criminal history background checks before participating in school-based field experiences. The procedures for obtaining the background checks and the length of time they are valid is established by the State Department of Education and the local Regional Education Service Centers (RESC). In addition, school districts may establish more strict policies.

As part of the background check, students need to be fingerprinted. Students are responsible for the cost of the background check. The Capitol Region Education Center (CREC) or other RESCs will provide the necessary request/consent forms and other documents needed to conduct the fingerprinting. Students who fail to pass the background check may be unable to complete their chosen degree or certification program at Central Connecticut State University. The University is not responsible for a student’s inability to complete their chosen degree or certification program.

All Professional Program teacher candidates, including BSED, Post-Baccalaureate, MAT, and Special Education MS Strand-B students, taking courses that have field experiences, student teaching, practicum, or internships in schools are subject to this law. For a list of all CCSU courses that require fingerprinting click here.


Step-by-Step Instructions for Completing Fingerprinting


Special Circumstances for Fingerprinting