Background Check Memo

In accordance with Section 10-221d of the Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.,) as amended by Public Act 09-01 Section 8, all candidates in a teacher preparation program, including pre-professional candidates (those not yet formally enrolled) completing any clinical field experiences who have contact with students, must submit to a criminal history background check as of July 1, 2010. The purpose of this check is to ensure that each candidate meets background standards before working with students in Connecticut Public Schools.

The background check requires fingerprinting that will be done in the Human Resources Office at Cooperative Educational Services (CES.), located at 40 Lindeman Drive, Trumbull, CT. The office is on the second floor.

Generally it takes six weeks for the fingerprints to be reviewed and reported. FBI criminal checks may take longer. Should the results show a criminal conviction, CES will report the results to the CT State Department of Education and school districts. Please note the office of Graduate Admissions does not need results, only proof that the background check was completed. Proof will be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions on your behalf.

Fingerprinting Instructions

Fingerprinting will be conducted at Cooperative Educational Services (CES) for undergraduates and graduate students as per the following directions:

Make an appointment – Go to All paperwork for you to complete will be available at C.E.S.

On the day of your appointment bring with you the following:

  1. A certified bank check or money order in the exact amount of $55 made payable to C.E.S. Fingerprints will not be processed unless payment is made. No personal checks will be accepted.
  2. A photo ID and one other form of identification.

When the fingerprinting is complete the candidate will receive a receipt. A copy of the receipt will be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions to be added to the candidates application file. The candidate should also have a copy of the receipt available for presentation to a school district upon request.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often must a candidate submit to a criminal history background check?
A candidate who has maintained continuous enrollment at SHU must submit to a criminal history background check every three years.

How long will it take for proof of completion to be sent to the Office of Graduate Admissions?
1-2 weeks.

What if the candidate is a substitute teacher or paraprofessional employed by a public school district?
If the candidate has been initially hired and checked by the public school district where the candidate is being placed, there is no need for an additional fingerprinting. However, if the candidate has substituted in a district other than where the clinical or student teaching placements are going to occur, then the candidate must be fingerprinted again.

Why CES?
CES is the only site that allows the fingerprinting to be communicated to all districts. Since candidates will not yet know where they will be conducting field experiences, internships, and student teaching during the application process, CES is considered most convenient. Other acceptable service centers are:

What types of convictions will disqualify a candidate from clinical experience, or retention in an educator preparation program and certification?
The following convictions automatically disqualify the candidate:

  • a capital felony, as defined in section 53a-54b;
  • arson murder, as defined in section 53a-54d;
  • any class A felony;
  • any class B felony except a violation of section 53a-122, 53a-252 or 53a-291;
  • a crime involving an act of child abuse or neglect as described in section 46b-120; or
  • a violation of section 53-21, 53-37a, 53a-49, 53a-60b, 53a-60c, 53a-71, 53a-72a, 53a-72b, 53a-73a, 53a-88, 53a-90a, 53a-99, 53a-103a, 53a-181c, 53a-191, 53a-196, 53a-196c, 53a-216, 53a-217b or 21a-278 or a violation of subsection (a) of section 21a-277