Fingerprint Clearance Forms and Instructions
Instructions for fingerprint clearance will be sent to all students who are approved for fieldwork observation and student teaching. All students approved for fieldwork observation and student teaching must register on the NYC Student Teaching Portal. Brooklyn College will register you with the Personnel Eligibility Tracking System (PETS) roster and you will receive an email with instructions to log into the Applicant Gateway before you are fingerprinted. The NYC Department of Education will no longer be able to fingerprint someone at the HR Connect Fingerprinting Unit at 65 Court Street, Brooklyn, who has not been pre-registered by the college.
After your fingerprint clearance has been processed, check that your fingerprint clearance has been posted on your TEACH account. If your fingerprint clearance has not been posted:
- File the OSPRA 104 form (pdf) if you already completed your clearance with New York City Department of Education. If none of the choices in section two of the OSPRA 104 form apply to you, you can leave that section blank.
- File the OSPRA 103 form (pdf) if you completed your fingerprint clearance outside of New York City.
Allow about two weeks for processing and then check your TEACH account to see that your records have been received.
If you have processed your fingerprint clearance with the NY City or NY State Dept. of Education, you will not need to be fingerprinted again. If you processed your fingerprint clearance with another agency, such as the Dept. of Investigations, you will need to have your fingerprint clearance processed with the NY City or NY State Dept. of Education. You will need to be pre-registered by Brooklyn College. If this is the case, please contact Helen Spencer, Field Placement Manager/Certification Officer.