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Policy On Criminal Background Checks

State law mandates that all candidates for public school licensure in programs under the purview of the Council on Teacher Education complete an Illinois State Police criminal background check and checks of the Statewide Sex Offender Database and Statewide Child Murderer and Violent Offender Against Youth Database before they may be placed in schools. 

In addition, each candidate seeking a placement in a public school must authorize the employing school district to initiate a State and FBI criminal background check which will include a request for fingerprints. This criminal background check is in addition to that required for field placements at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Candidates are responsible for all fees associated with background checks.

Final decisions regarding the placement of candidates in schools are made in agreement between the relevant department/college/program and the school/district.

The criminal background check is typically conducted at the time that the candidate enters the program.

Click here to download the Criminal Background Check form.




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