Prior to Admission to Education programs with certification, ALL students must complete the fingerprinting and background check process at a Regional Education Resource Center.
NOTE: Local Police Departments, Campus Police and other fingerprinting agencies are not accepted by the Connecticut State Department of Education for teacher candidates
The following Connecticut General Statute requires that you complete the fingerprinting background check process prior to placements in public schools as of July 1, 2010:
C.G.S. SEC. 10-221d
Sec. 10-221d of the CGS as amended by Public Act 09-01, Section 8, requires that each local or regional board of education shall require each worker …“on and after July 1, 2010, in a non-paid, non-certified position completing preparation requirements for the issuance of an educator certificate pursuant to chapter 166”… who performs a service directly involving student contact must submit to state and national criminal history background checks within 30 days from the date that the worker begins to perform such service.
In addition, if the local or regional board of education receives notice of a conviction of a crime by a person, on and after July 1, 2010, in a non-paid, non-certified position completing preparation requirements for the issuance of an educator, the local or regional board of education shall send such notice to the State Board of Education.
The checks must be completed in accordance with Sec. 29-17a of the C.G.S. through the Connecticut Department of Public Safety. Background checks completed by private companies do not fulfill the requirements of the statute.
Candidates can indicate to which districts the fingerprinting confirmation should go, if the district placement is known at the time of fingerprinting. If the placement district(s) are not known at time of fingerprinting, check with the RESC to determine how fingerprinting confirmation can be reported to a district at a later date.
Districts are sent follow-up information to confirm who has been fingerprinted and date of fingerprinting. After the fingerprints have been processed by the State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), and if the results show criminal conviction, the RESC will report the results to the Connecticut State Department of Education, and the school district.
In order to comply with the C.G.S. SEC. 10-221d and successfully complete program requirements leading to certification you are required to complete a background check, including the fingerprinting requirement by a Regional Education Resource Center as follows:
ACES, North Haven (203) 498-6800
CES, Trumbull (203) 365-8800
CREC, Hartford (860) 247-2732
EASTCONN, Hampton (860) 455-1550
LEARN, Old Lyme (860) 434-4800
Education Connection, Litchfield (860) 567-0863
Education Connection, Danbury (203) 791-1904