Requirements

Working with children requires several federal and state clearances which must be obtained whether you substitute through ESS or directly for a school district. Requirements vary by state and your personal cost for credentialing depends on a number of factors including your certification status and whether you’ve already obtained any of these clearances. To view a breakdown of requirements and potential fees, please click your state below.

Alabama RequirementsFees
ABI/FBI Criminal History Check $46.50
Alabama Substitute Teacher License $30.00
Arkansas RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting $37
DHS Central Registry $10
Connecticut RequirementsFees
Department of Children and Families Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Record Check Free
CT State Background Check $75
FBI Criminal Background Check $12
Tuberculosis Test Results Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Act 16-67, Education Employment Verification Free
Delaware RequirementsFees
Criminal History Check $65
Child Protection Request Free
Tuberculosis Test Results Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
FLORIDAFees
Fingerprinting/Background Check Varies by Location: $60-$78
Georgia RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprint Check $48-$67
Drug Screen (Savannah Chatham Only) $10
Indiana RequirementsFees
Expanded Criminal History Check (ECH) $31.75
Substitute Teacher Permit $16.32
Mississippi RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting Varies by Location: $32-$40
Missouri RequirementsFees
FBI/Highway Patrol Background Check $40.30
Substitute Teacher Certificate $50
New Jersey RequirementsFees
Criminal History Approval/New Fingerprints $11 Processing Fee $65.45 Required to Schedule IdentoGo Appointment
Criminal History Archive $30.25
Criminal History Transfer $6
Tuberculosis Test Results Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
NJ Teacher Certificate (if applicable) Cost paid by Applicant to the state of NJ via University attended (cost not associated with ESS)
NJ Substitute Teacher Certificate (60+ college credits or more) $125
NJ Substitute Teacher Certificate Renewal (60+ college or more) $125
NJ Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release Form Free
New Mexico RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting $44
Substitute Teacher Certificate $35
Oregon RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting $12.50
Background Check $65
Central Background Registry - PreK-12 Only $35
Substitute Teacher License - In-State $140
Substitute Teacher License - Out-of-State $190
Drug Screen - Varies by Location and Positions $45
PENNSYLVANIA REQUIREMENTSFEES
Arrest Conviction Report Free
PA State Criminal Record Check $22
Child Abuse Clearance $13
FBI Fingerprinting $22.60
TB Test/Physical Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Emergency Permit (Teaching Positions) Varies by Location
Act 126 – Mandated Child Abuse Reporter Training Free
Act 168 – Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release Free
Rhode IslandFees
BCI/FBI Background Check $35
Tuberculosis Test Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
South Carolina RequirementsFees
Criminal Background Check: BIB $22
TB Test Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
TennesseeFees
TBI/FBI Criminal Background Check $32-$38
Medical Screening - Varies By District Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Drug Screen - Varies By District Free
Texas RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting Varies by Location: $37 - $50
Utah RequirementsFees
State/FBI Background Check $20
Virginia RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting $37
State Child Protective Service Clearance $7 – $37 (cost determined by the states and time frames in which the applicant lived)
TB Screening Roanoke Area - Free Other Areas - Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Drug Screening (Roanoke Only) $9
Alabama
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Alabama RequirementsFees
ABI/FBI Criminal History Check $46.50
Alabama Substitute Teacher License $30.00
Arkansas
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Arkansas RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting $37
DHS Central Registry $10
Connecticut
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Connecticut RequirementsFees
Department of Children and Families Child Abuse and Neglect Registry Record Check Free
CT State Background Check $75
FBI Criminal Background Check $12
Tuberculosis Test Results Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Act 16-67, Education Employment Verification Free
Delaware
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Delaware RequirementsFees
Criminal History Check $65
Child Protection Request Free
Tuberculosis Test Results Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Florida
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FLORIDAFees
Fingerprinting/Background Check Varies by Location: $60-$78
Georgia
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Georgia RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprint Check $48-$67
Drug Screen (Savannah Chatham Only) $10
Indiana
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Indiana RequirementsFees
Expanded Criminal History Check (ECH) $31.75
Substitute Teacher Permit $16.32
Mississippi
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Mississippi RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting Varies by Location: $32-$40
Missouri
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Missouri RequirementsFees
FBI/Highway Patrol Background Check $40.30
Substitute Teacher Certificate $50
New Jersey
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New Jersey RequirementsFees
Criminal History Approval/New Fingerprints $11 Processing Fee $65.45 Required to Schedule IdentoGo Appointment
Criminal History Archive $30.25
Criminal History Transfer $6
Tuberculosis Test Results Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
NJ Teacher Certificate (if applicable) Cost paid by Applicant to the state of NJ via University attended (cost not associated with ESS)
NJ Substitute Teacher Certificate (60+ college credits or more) $125
NJ Substitute Teacher Certificate Renewal (60+ college or more) $125
NJ Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release Form Free
New Mexico
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New Mexico RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting $44
Substitute Teacher Certificate $35
Oregon
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Oregon RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting $12.50
Background Check $65
Central Background Registry - PreK-12 Only $35
Substitute Teacher License - In-State $140
Substitute Teacher License - Out-of-State $190
Drug Screen - Varies by Location and Positions $45
Pennsylvania
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PENNSYLVANIA REQUIREMENTSFEES
Arrest Conviction Report Free
PA State Criminal Record Check $22
Child Abuse Clearance $13
FBI Fingerprinting $22.60
TB Test/Physical Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Emergency Permit (Teaching Positions) Varies by Location
Act 126 – Mandated Child Abuse Reporter Training Free
Act 168 – Sexual Misconduct/Abuse Disclosure Release Free
Rhode Island
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Rhode IslandFees
BCI/FBI Background Check $35
Tuberculosis Test Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
South Carolina
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South Carolina RequirementsFees
Criminal Background Check: BIB $22
TB Test Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Tennessee
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TennesseeFees
TBI/FBI Criminal Background Check $32-$38
Medical Screening - Varies By District Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Drug Screen - Varies By District Free
Texas
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Texas RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting Varies by Location: $37 - $50
Utah
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Utah RequirementsFees
State/FBI Background Check $20
Virginia
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Virginia RequirementsFees
State/FBI Fingerprinting $37
State Child Protective Service Clearance $7 – $37 (cost determined by the states and time frames in which the applicant lived)
TB Screening Roanoke Area - Free Other Areas - Based on Health Insurance Co-Pay
Drug Screening (Roanoke Only) $9
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