NCC requires that all candidates seeking Illinois certification complete a criminal background fingerprint check prior to their field experience in the schools. Students will be responsible for any additional background check requirements for the district in which they are placed. This is consistent with the state law that requires Illinois school districts to conduct criminal background investigations of applicants for certified and non-certified positions. The College has chosen Accurate Biometrics to conduct these background checks on its behalf. NCC will not accept criminal background check reports from other sources. A candidate whose background check is clear or states "no record" will be placed in the schools.
Candidates will not be able to register for a course with a field experience until the NCC Department of Education receives a receipt indicating the candidate has completed the check through Accurate Biometrics. Candidates will incur any fees associated with the background check.
Candidates will need to have a background check done when taking EDN 101 or their first field experience if the candidate transferred in EDN 100. A background check is required for the following courses: EDN 101, 201, 211, 229, 281, 302, 325, 327, 330, 332, 352, 361, 371, 373, 381, 384, 385, 461, and 480; and HPE 290 (or any other course requiring interactions with school-age children).
A candidate whose background check is clear or states "no record" will be placed in the schools. If a candidate’s background check reveals an arrest and/or conviction a determination regarding placement will be made based on the nature of the crime. Most school districts will place a candidate who has a record if the nature of the crime is such that it would not be a crime that would prohibit the candidate from securing a teaching position/certification.
In instances when an arrest and/or conviction is reported, a candidate may be asked to disclose additional information (relevant details of the arrest or conviction) verbally and/or in writing to the department chair and/or school district, particularly if the charge or conviction involves children and/or includes behavior that the department chair believes could be of concern to a school district that accepted or is considering placement of the candidate. Candidates who refuse to provide additional information about an arrest or conviction may not be placed or may have their placement delayed or canceled. The school in which the candidate is placed/potentially placed has the final decision as to whether or not a candidate with a hit on their background check is able to maintain their placement.
If the department chair determines that the conviction(s) would not prohibit the candidate from securing an Illinois teaching certificate, s/he may ask the candidate to disclose the details of the conviction to the district in which placement(s) are sought. The school in which the candidate is placed/potentially placed has the final decision as to whether or not a candidate with a “hit” on their background check will be accepted for placement. In order to ensure the privacy of candidates, all background checks will be kept in a locked file cabinet accessed only by placement office staff, the department chairperson and the Coordinator of Teacher Education as needed for the placement process.
Students can complete the check by completing the attached form and bringing it to a local Accurate Biometrics fingerprinting location. Accurate Biometrics locations and times are listed on their website (www.accuratebiometrics.com).
Please contact the Placement Office with questions you may have, 630-637-5740, or firstname.lastname@example.org