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Early Childhood & Childhood Education


Fingerprinting Process

**IMPORTANT: Students must have fingerprint clearance before they are allowed to begin Fieldwork I.

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1. Go to the NYS Office of Teaching Initiatives site: www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert

A. Self-register for a TEACH account. You will use this account later when you apply for teacher certification, so save your user name and password.

B. Go to “Fingerprint Process from Start to Finish.” Follow the instructions to schedule and pay for an appointment at a MorphoTrust/IdentoGo site. When asked for an ORI number, type in TEACH.

i. The closest sites to campus are in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and Middletown. The Kingston location, Alert Security & Investigations, is directly across the street from the Kingston bus station. www.trailwaysny.com


2. After you’ve been fingerprinted, results will be noted on your TEACH account. To check, log onto TEACH and go the Account Information page. Click on Fingerprinting. Under the Fingerprint Information tab, look for the sentence (in very small print): “Your DCJS and FBI results have been received.”


3. Print or copy the page that includes your name and the DCJS/FBI sentence, and submit it to:

Childhood Education Advising Office
Old Main B122, SUNY New Paltz
800 Hawk Drive
New Paltz NY 12561

FAX: 845-257-3575


Questions or difficulties?

There is a detailed and helpful FAQ section on the NYS Office of Teaching Initiatives site: www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert

The School of Education Certification Assistance page is regularly updated: www.newpaltz.edu/schoolofed/certification.html.

You may also contact Chris Whitaker, Certification Advisor, at OM 115A, 845-257-2790, whitakec@newpaltz.edu


For more information about fingerprints, go here.