Fingerprint clearance is a requirement for New York State certification as well as for supervised fieldwork within a New York City public school placement. Additionally, an increasing number of private schools are now requiring fingerprints. We encourage all students enrolled in a certification program to be cleared for fingerprints as soon as possible in order to work with children in the NYC Department of Education.
To complete your fingerprinting requirements, please use the following directions:
- Fingerprinting for Supervised Fieldwork (New York City Requirements)
These instructions are for NYC public school placements. If you are completing your fieldwork outside of a NYCDOE organization, fingerprinting requirements and processes may be different; in this situation, you must contact your assigned agency/organization for their specific requisites.
- Fingerprinting for Certification (New York State Level)
For additional certification information visit our Certification at a Glance page.
Have you already been fingerprinted with either the City Department of Education, or New York State D.O.E? The two agencies do not share a database. If you have been fingerprinted with one department, you will need to have them transferred to the other. Use the forms below to transfer your fingerprints.
Do note that fingerprint clearance in other states will NOT be considered by the New York State Education Department.