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All applicants for New York State Teacher Certification are required to have a fingerprint supported criminal history background check processed through the Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA).
Buffalo State College recommends that all students be fingerprinted PRIOR to any field placement. Some school districts request fingerprint clearance for all school personnel, including teacher candidates.
After your fingerprints have been processed by OSPRA, your TEACH account will contain the following statement: "Your DCJS and FBI results have been received". You will not receive anything from OSPRA unless a school district requests a fingerprint clearance report for you.
It typically takes 24 hours for fingerprints to be processed through OSPRA.
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