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Teacher Education candidates are expected to comply with the fingerprint criminal background investigation report requirements as set forth by the University Teacher Education Program. Prior to any field work in schools/agencies, candidates are to supply verification of having completed the fingerprint criminal investiation report through the Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals. Candidates may be prohibited from completing field work if background investigations disclose arrests and/or convictions deemed problematic. Information may be obtained in Horrabin Hall 91; questions may be directed to Melissa (Missy) Phillips, Director of Advising--298-2117. Candidates must complete the fingerprint criminal investigation report at two points:

  1. Prior to their first field work or for full acceptance to TEP, whichever comes fist. 
  2. The semester prior to student teaching.

Please note that additional investigation points may be necessary dependent upon field experience requirements in cooperating school districts.

When being fingerprinted, candidates should anticipate being asked to provide a Government issued ID (Drivers License of Government issued ID Card - a school ID card is NOT an acceptable form of ID).  The fee is payable at the time of printing, usually by cash, money order, or credit/debit card.  Most fingerprint vendors do not accept personal checks.

Fingerprinting are available in Macomb:

  • The Regional Office of Education, located at 130 S. Lafayette, Suite 200, Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00-3:30 p.m.  Cash or money order payable to Regional Office of Education #26.  An additional $1.75 will be charged when using credit/debit card.  No personal checks accepted.   Directions:  Go east on Adams Street to Lafayette Street, turn south on Lafayette to Macomb Square.  ROE Office is in the first block south of the square (second floor--above Advanced Rehab Services).

 

Questions concerning this process may be directed to Melissa Phillips, Center for the Preparation of Education Professionals, at (309) 298-2117, MM-Phillips@wiu.edu.