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Fingerprinting for Field Work and Student Teaching

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The New York City Department of Education requires that any student doing more than 40 hours of fieldwork or student teaching in a school needs to obtain fingerprint clearance. Follow this interactive tutorial to learn how to meet this requirement.

I have never been fingerprinted; I will be placed to work with...
• pre-kindergarten children.
• New York City public (K-12) students.

I have already been fingerprinted by:
• A local police precinct for NY State Education Department certification
• The NYC Department of Education.
• Any other city, state, or federal agency.

 


I have never been fingerprinted; I will be placed to work with...
• pre-kindergarten children.

If you plan to student teach or perform fieldwork in a setting with pre-kindergarten children, you need to be fingerprinted by New York City Department of Health.

To be fingerprinted by the NYC Department of Health, go to one of these offices:

    The NYC Department of Health
    2 Lafayette Street
    New York, NY 10007
    Fingerprints are FREE
    No appointment necessary
    Hours: Monday-Friday from 9 am - 4 pm

    James C. Hall, Jr. FDC Network
    York College
    94 – 20 Guy Brewer Blvd.
    Jamaica, NY 11451
    Fingerprints are FREE
    Available daily & Saturdays
    (Saturdays by appointment only)
    Call: (718) 262-2247

If the Pre-K program requires you to be fingerprinted by the New York City Department of Education (NYC DoE), the Pre-K provider should add you to their vendor roster. You will receive an email from the NYC DOE up to one hour after being added to a roster. Please follow the directions for registration, form submission and fingerprinting. The Pre-K provider will verify your eligibility directly.


I have never been fingerprinted; I will be placed to work with...
• New York City public (K-12) students.

If you plan to teach or do field work in a setting with New York City public school (k-12) students,

you need to be fingerprinted by the NYC Department of Education.

To be fingerprinted by the NYC Department of Education, follow these steps:

Call or email the Office of Personnel Investigation (OPI) at 718-935-2665 or PETSAdminSupport@schools.nyc.gov. Indicate you are a student teacher/fieldwork student at Hunter College and provide the following information: Name, 9-digit Social Security number, Date-of-Birth, Telephone number, Address (including Zip Code), Email address and the name of the school you will be a student teacher/fieldwork student this semester. If you do not know the school you will be placed yet, just indicate that when you contact OPI.

Within 1-2 business days, you should receive an email from PETSAdminSupport@schools.nyc.gov with instructions how to register, fill out required forms and how to be fingerprinted. You cannot be fingerprinted until you complete the process (even if you have previously registered and/or filled out forms).

Once you print the Fingerprint Referral form, you can visit the HR Connect Walk-in Center at 65 Court St, Room 102, Brooklyn, NY 11201 with the following documents:

  • A government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport,
  • Your Hunter College ID card,
  • A payment of $115 (HR Connect accepts only personal checks, money orders made payable to NYC DOE/DHRT or a debit/credit card (but not American Express))

Go to the HR Connect Walk-in Center on the first floor.
You may have to wait if the queue for fingerprinting is long.


I have already been fingerprinted by:
• A local police precinct for NY State Education Department certification

If you have already been fingerprinted by a local police precinct and submitted the fingerprint card to the State Education Department (SED) for certification, you will need to submit an online OSPRA 103 to request your fingerprints results are released to the NYC Department of Education (DOE).

To forward your fingerprints from the SED to the DOE, follow these steps:

Call or email the Office of Personnel Investigation (OPI) at 718-935-2665 or PETSAdminSupport@schools.nyc.gov. Indicate you are a student teacher/fieldwork student at Hunter College and provide the following information: Name, 9-digit Social Security number, Date-of-Birth, Telephone number, Address (including Zip Code), Email address and the name of the school you will be a student teacher/fieldwork student this semester. If you do not know the school you will be placed yet, just indicate that when you contact OPI.

Within 1-2 business days, you should receive an email from PETSAdminSupport@schools.nyc.gov with instructions how to register, fill out required forms and how to be fingerprinted. The system will indicate you need to be fingerprinted, but you will be submitting an online OSPRA 103 form in person as an alternative. The form cannot be submitted until you complete the process (even if you have previously registered and/or filled out forms).

Once you have completed your registration, you can visit the HR Connect Walk-in Center at 65 Court St, Room 102, Brooklyn, NY 11201 with the following documents:

  • A government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or passport,
  • Your Hunter College ID card,

When you speak with a walk-in representative, indicate that you are a student teacher and that you need to process an OSPRA 103 form. The representative will process the request online on your behalf.

It can take up to two weeks for the SED to transfer fingerprint results to the DOE. Even if you have been cleared by SED, you will not have security clearance to be in a school until the DOE receives the fingerprint results, a background check is completed and you are eligible in PETS. Your school can check your PETS eligbility.


I have already been fingerprinted by:
• The NYC Department of Education.

If you have been previously fingerprinted by the DOE and wish to request that your fingerprint results are transferred to the NY State Education Department (SED) to complete your certification process, you will need to submit an OSPRA 104 form to the DOE.

To forward your fingerprints from the DOE to the SED, follow these steps:


If you are placed in an early childhood setting to work with pre-kindergarteners,

you need to be fingerprinted also by the New York City Department of Health.

To be fingerprinted by the NYC Department of Health, go to one of these offices:

    The NYC Department of Health
    2 Lafayette Street
    New York, NY 10007
    Fingerprints are FREE
    No appointment necessary
    Hours: Monday-Friday from 9 am - 4 pm

    James C. Hall, Jr. FDC Network
    York College
    94 – 20 Guy Brewer Blvd.
    Jamaica, NY 11451
    Fingerprints are FREE
    Available daily & Saturdays
    (Saturdays by appointment only)
    Call: (718) 262-2247


I have already been fingerprinted by:
• Any other city, state, or federal agency.

If you have been previously fingerprinted by a NY City, NY State or Federal Agency other than the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) or the NY State Education Department, the NYC DOE is legally unable to use those fingerprint results to verify your security clearance.

Please click on the appropriate link as if you have never been fingerprinted.


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