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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.


Pre-Kindergarten children

If you plan to student teach/perform fieldwork in a setting with pre-kindergarten children, you need to be fingerprinted by New York City Department of Health. If required, you may need to be fingerprinted by the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE).

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 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.


New York City Department of Education public school (K-12) students

If you plan to do fieldwork or student teach in a setting with New York City Department of Education (NYC DoE) public school (K-12) students, you need to be fingerprinted by the NYC DoE. 

To be fingerprinted by the NYC Department of Education, you may do one of the following three steps:

1. Email PETS@schools.nyc.gov with the following information: Name, Social Security number, Date of Birth, Phone number, Address (including Zip Code), Email address, and identify yourself as a Hunter College student teacher. Requests submitted before 3pm using this method are usually inputted the same day.

2. If you do NOT wish to provide your social security number via EMAIL, then email PETS@schools.nyc.gov with the following information: Name, Phone number, Email address, the last four digits of your social security number, and clearly indicate that you do not feel comfortable providing a full SSN via email and that you would like to be called to provide the SSN over the phone. Finally, identify yourself as Hunter College student teacher. You will then be contacted by a PETS staff member within one business day for the additional information, which you will submit over the phone.

3. Visit the Office of Personnel Investigation at 65 Court Street, Room 200, to provide the information. If you opt for this option, there is no guarantee you will be able to complete the registration and be fingerprinted the same day. The inconvenience of time and travel will be your responsibility.

For options 1 or 2, 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))

 

PLEASE NOTE: With the increased numbers of New York City Department of Education teachers being hired for the 2014-15 school year and the Universal Pre-Kindergarten/Middle-School after-school expansions, the New York City Department of Education is anticipating significant traffic at 65 Court Street, especially at the walk-in center for fingerprinting. The wait for fingerprinting may be long.


A local police precinct for NY State Education Department (SED) certification

If you have already been fingerprinted by a local police precinct and submitted the fingerprint card to the 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:

1. 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.

2. 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).

3. 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,

4. 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.

5. 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.

If you plan to student teach/perform fieldwork in a setting with pre-kindergarten children, click on the Pre-kindergarten children link.


The NYC Department of Education (DOE)

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:

1. Download the OSPRA 104 form at http://www.highered.nysed.gov/tsei/documents/ospra104.pdf.

2. Print and complete the form.

3. Fax the form to the NYC Department of Education office at 718-935-2726.

If you plan to student teach/perform fieldwork in a setting with pre-kindergarten children, click on the Pre-kindergarten children link.


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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