Fingerprinting for Hunter College School of Education Students


Fingerprint Clearance Requirements

New York State law requires fingerprinting as a means to perform criminal history background checks for applicants for certification and all prospective employees of school districts, charter schools, and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) within New York State.

  • All current students who began their programs in Fall 2020 and earlier in teacher preparation and school counseling programs who do not yet have fingerprint clearance from both the New York State Education Department (NYSED) and the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) must complete all steps of the fingerprinting process by January 31, 2021. Newly-enrolled students in Spring 2021 must have their fingerprinting process completed by March 15th.
  • If you are in a program in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), you only need fingerprint clearance from NYSED by the dates indicated above.
  • Students in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Development and Learning (ECDL) programs that lead to certification and are placed in non-NYCDOE settings that serve children from birth to age 3 years and select Pre-K programs must be fingerprinted by both NYSED or NYCDOE and the Department of Investigations (DOI) as records cannot be shared between the DOI and other entities.

Note that your fingerprint clearance status will be reflected as a milestone in CUNYfirst after all steps below have been completed and processed by NYSED and the NYCDOE.

Fingerprint Clearance Processes and Procedures During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis (Updated December 21, 2020)

Verifying your Fingerprint Clearance Status

Once you have completed the steps above and initiated the transfer of your records to the appropriate agency, you will need to wait for the state and/or city agencies to process your forms. Remember, all students in teacher preparation programs and school counseling must have fingerprints on file at both NYSED and the NYCDOE.


If you have questions regarding fingerprinting, contact the Office of Clinical Experiences at