Criminal Records Checks

Criminal Record Check Information

NH state law [RSA 189:13-a(IX)(b)] requires criminal history record checks for students who declare candidacy in an educator preparation program at an institution of higher education. Click here for a list of crimes which bar employment in education in New Hampshire.

Mandatory Criminal Records Check #1 

The State of NH Department of Education requires a criminal records check upon acceptance to the program. Individuals applying to PSU programs leading to teacher certification must complete a criminal records check with the NH Department of Safety and set up a myNHDOE – Educator Info System (EIS) account. The following table lists the steps involved.

For detailed instructions, click here.

Mandatory Criminal Records Check #2

Interns must submit the Program Confirmation form to the Holmes Center.  Then, interns must contact the placement school SAU office to complete the FBI criminal records check. Hampshire state law requires the SAU to have the background check results in their office before the internship begins.   

Additional Background Checks

School districts may also require a criminal records check prior to the start of any early or mid-level field experience. Students must comply with local school policies and pay for all criminal records checks.