Becoming a teacher in California is an exciting prospect. The state has several different credentials you can submit a teaching application for, including single subjects such as art, business, mathematics, social science and home economics. The other option is a multiple-subject credential. Whichever type you choose, the process is basically the same. You have to submit documentation of your bachelor’s degree and pass a basic skills exam, as well as complete a program in teacher preparation. The preparation program teaches you how to educate and gives you an opportunity to do a student teaching internship. Last but not least, you need a full background check, including live-scan fingerprinting.
Live scan is different from traditional fingerprinting services in two ways. The most obvious distinction is that no messy ink is involved. Instead, your fingerprints are digitally captured by a special scanner. The other distinguishing factor is that scanned prints are digitally stored and sent to your requesting school or agency as part of your complete record. Even after you become a credentialed teacher, you will most likely have to repeat the live-scan process each time you apply for a teaching job with a new school. This is an important way of keeping youth safe, because each new scan coincides with a current background check, keeping educational institutions updated regarding the standing of their employees. The fact that your personal information is protected from sharing between institutions is another factor in this process.
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You don’t need an appointment to get fingerprinted. If you are a school administrator or business owner and need several people fingerprinted at one time, we also have mobile services available. That’s right; we can come to you. Stop in or call 619-668-9280 for more information.