Background Check

Background 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. Additional criminal history record checks, administered by the placement district(s), are required for student teachers and interns. School districts may also require a background check prior to the start of any early or mid-level field experience. Students must comply with local school policies and pay for all background checks.  Student background check policies are posted online.

Mandatory Background Check #1 

Students who declare candidacy in an educator preparation program must complete the first mandatory background check after completion of all the other Decision Point I requirements, upon acceptance to the program. The background check should be completed during the second year at PSU.

The cost is $121.25. Updated instructions from the NH DOE will be posted here as soon as they become available.

Mandatory Background 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 record background check. New 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 background check prior to the start of any early or mid-level field experience. Students must comply with local school policies and pay for all background checks.