Requirement Description


All candidates applying on or after July 1, 2001, must be cleared by the New York State Education Department through a fingerprint-supported criminal history background check. This includes all applicants for certification, as well as all prospective employees of school districts, charter schools and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES).

Detailed information regarding the fingerprinting process can be found on the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA) Web site: .

New York City: Candidates fingerprinted and cleared by the New York City Board of Education after July 1, 1990, may submit that clearance to the New York State Department of Education using the OSPRA104 form, found at: .