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. Upon completion of the teacher candidacy application, students should download the Criminal Records Release Form.
- Print the Criminal records release form. Complete Section 1 only.
- Bring the form and your checkbook to the Holmes Center for School Partnerships and Educator Preparation. Sign the form in the presence of Valerie Commeau-Palmer and then the form will be notarized. The Department of Safety will require a check, written to State of NH Criminal Records for $25.00. The Holmes Center will send the form to the NH State Police.
- After the background check is complete, PSU will send you a copy of the results.
Mandatory Background Check #2
Interns must submit the Program Confirmation form to the Holmes Center. Then, interns must contact the 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.
Possible 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.