Fingerprinting/Background Checks

Preliminary Criminal History Check

In order to complete certification and become eligible to teach in Texas public schools, you will be required to pass a criminal background check, per Texas House Bill 1508. The law is executed and administered in Texas Administrative Code 227.1 (d),

If you are concerned you may not pass the criminal background check, you may request a Preliminary Criminal History Check prior to certification. Details on the process may be found on the TEA Website.

TEA Fingerprinting Process

Texas Administrative Code 232.31 (c)

The Fingerprinting process is part of your application for certification. For detailed information, please visit the TEA FingerPrinting website.