criminal record check/fingerprinting
Students considering the Clinical Mental Health Program must be aware that a criminal record check is a component of Licensure as a Professional Counselor. Additionally, some sites require fingerprinting and a criminal check when working with vulnerable populations, such as children or prisoners.
Applicants considering either the School Counseling or School Psychology programs must be aware that, upon program completion, they must apply for certification from the State Department of Education. Part of that process involves a check to insure that the person does not have a criminal record:
"Connecticut requires that any person (teachers, administrators, special service staff members, teachers aides, custodians, cafeteria employees, etc.) who is hired by a local or regional board of education submit to a state and national criminal history record check within the first 30 days of the date of employment. The process includes the checking of fingerprints by the State Police Bureau of Identification and the F.B.I. The results of the criminal history record checks (both state and federal) are reported to the employing school district. If the district receives notice of a conviction of a crime by a person holding a certificate, authorization or permit issued by the State Board of Education, the district shall notify the Bureau of Certification and Professional Development."
Students in the program can anticipate that they must be finger-printed at the time that they begin their practicum or internship in school counseling or school psychology. For additional questions regarding background checks, please visit http://www.southernct.edu/education/fingerprintingandbackgroundcheck/