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In order to student teach or receive your New York State teaching certificate or apply for employment in a school district, charter school or boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES), New York State requires you to satisfy a Fingerprint Investigation for a criminal history background check. LIU Post recommends that you satisfy the Fingerprint requirement prior to Student Teaching. Visit the Fingerprinting section of the New York State Education Department Web site for more information and directions on how to apply.