Fingerprinting for Supervised Fieldwork Through NYC DOE

New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) requires fingerprint clearance if you are completing fieldwork in a public school. This includes employment for your Supervised Fieldwork Experience. Do note that if you have been fingerprinted by the NYC Board of Health or the NYC Department of Investigation, you will need to be fingerprinted again, as these fingerprints are not transferrable. 

Step # 1 
Getting Entered into the PETS Roster

Students should EMAIL PETS@schools.nyc.gov in order to be entered into the PETS (Personnel Eligibility Tracking System) roster used by the New York City Department of Education. Students will need to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Full Social Security number
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Email address
  • Identify themselves as a student teacher from Bank Street 

Please note, once you email PETS, you will receive a nomination email and be required to complete all required steps and be fingerprinted within 10 DAYS of receiving the nomination. If not completed within 10 days, your account will be deactivated and your nomination for student teaching will be withdrawn.


Step # 2 
Activate your Applicant Gateway account and complete all Required Forms

After being added to a PETS roster, students will receive an email from the NYCDOE acknowledging they have been “nominated” for a position and asking them to register in the online Applicant Gateway system. You will be prompted to complete and submit required forms including the Fingerprint Referral Form which you will need to subsequently take to the DOE Walk-in Center, along with your I-9 verification documents.

If you have already been fingerprinted on behalf of the New York State Education Department (NYSED), you do not need to be fingerprinted again. In the Applicant Gateway, click “Choose Fingerprint Form” and complete the OSPRA 103 form which you will subsequently need to take to the DOE Walk-in Center in person, along with your I-9 verification documents. 



Step # 3 
Get Fingerprinted at HR Connect Walk-In Center

You must go to the HR Connect Fingerprinting Unit at 65 Court Street, Room 102 in Brooklyn for fingerprint processing. You will need to provide:

  • The printed Fingerprint Referral Form (if you have already been fingerprinted by NYSED you will need to submit the OSPRA 103 form)
  • A government-issued photo ID and your school ID.
  • Payment of $135.00 by money order or personal check, payable to NYCDOE/DHR or by debit/credit card (except American Express).

During your visit do request and complete the OSPRA 104 form for processing; authorizing student’s fingerprint results be transferred from NYCDOE to New York State Education Department.

For further inquiries regarding steps 1-3 please contact:
HR Connect
65 Court Street, Room 102
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 935-4000
Monday – Friday: 9 am - 5 pm


Step # 4 
Register as a Student Teacher with the NYC Department of Ed.

All students planning to work in public NYC schools, and working towards certification, must register with the NYC Department of Education via the online registration system.

Visit https://nyc.teacherssupportnetwork.com/studentteacher to create a user account and complete your online registration. Please note, even if you have already created a user account to begin the full-time teacher application, you must still create a NEW user account to complete your student teacher registration. 

This system ONLY registers you for student teaching, you will use a different database for NY State certification purposes.

Please submit both personal information as well as your student teacher placement information as part of the registration process. If you do not know your placement information when you first create your user account, you can log back in at a later date to add your placement information.

Please contact your Program Director if you have not yet been informed about your Fall fieldwork placement.

Your host school principal or his/her representative will also ask to see your registration confirmation letter.

Please enter an active email address when registering, as the DOE frequently communicates with registered student teachers about the full-time application and hiring processes as well as other important information.