Criminal Background Investigations

State law (Illinois School Code 5/10-21.9) prohibits a school board from employing a person convicted of certain felony, sex, narcotics and drug convictions, and the School of Education has made a commitment to local area schools to require criminal background checks for all candidates in programs with field experiences.

Movement through the program may be suspended for failure to comply with the background check requirements.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to refer to the Illinois School Code and/or seek legal counsel if it is suspected that his/her criminal history may bar licensure or employment in a school district or agency.