Educator Login

Follow us...  
Twitter Flickr You Tube Logo facebook

How Do I...


Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 22, Subchapter C requires the following to be fingerprinted prior to employment: 

  • All certified educators (those holding an educator certification or Emergency Teaching Permit issued by the State Board for Educator Certification [SBEC])
  • All classroom substitute teachers and educational aides, whether certified or not
  • Non-certified employees hired by a district or charter school on or after 1/1/08 (including applicants for a School District Teaching Permit)
  • Charter school employees, whether certified or not, working in a teaching or professional position
  • Contracted employees hired on or after 1/1/08 who have direct contact with students 

Name-Based Background Check Requirements

The following are subject to a name-based background check per Texas Education Code (TEC) § 22.0835:

  • Non-certified employees hired before 1/1/08
  • Contracted employees hired before 1/1/08 who have direct contact with students
  • Student teachers
  • Volunteers, unless they are a parent, grandparent, or guardian of a student; a person accompanied on campus by a district employee; or a person volunteering for a single event

Procedures for New Hires

To initiate the fingerprint process, school districts or charter schools upload all new hires to the Educator Certification Online System (ECOS).

Certified employees

Certified educators submit payment of $39.50 in order to conduct the national criminal history background check through DPS, FBI and Texas Education Agency. This fee is paid in ECOS.

  • The certified educator is issued a FAST Fingerprint Pass once the online payment is made. A fingerprinting appointment cannot be scheduled without this document in hand. The FAST Fingerprint Pass is required at the time of appointment along with a valid photo ID.
  • Certified educators use Texas MorphoTrust locations. Educators are required to pay an additional $9.95 fee for scanning of fingerprints at the time of the appointment.
  • TEA receives the fingerprinting results 5-7 business days after the fingerprint appointment.
  • Certified educators must fingerprint before the first day of employment.

Non-certified employees 

  • Non-certified employees obtain a FAST Fingerprint Pass from their employing school district.
  • Non-certified employees/or the district pay the fingerprint and criminal history background check fee of $49.45 to the DPS digital fingerprint vendor, MorphoTrust.
  • Non-certified employees must fingerprint before the first day of employment.



      October 29, 2014

      Statement of Commissioner Michael Williams Regarding the ECS Blueprint For College Readiness Report

       The Education Commission of the States (ECS) today released its Blueprint for College Readiness report, which features an analysis of the top 10 critical K-12 and higher education policies promoting college readiness and success. The State of Texas met seven of the 10 policies emphasized in the blueprint. The report also spotlights Texas’ campus and school district accountability system as an example of policy for other states to follow.  

      October 24, 2014

      Texas Safe Schools Week: Bully Prevention is Key for Safe Learning Environments

      As part of Texas Safe Schools Week (Oct. 19-25), the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC) at Texas State University and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today joined forces to remind districts and charter of resources available to help address and combat bullying and cyberbullying on campus.

      October 23, 2014

      Commissioner Williams directs EPISD board of managers to order 2015 elections

       In a letter to the El Paso Independent School District (EPISD), Commissioner of Education Michael Williams this week directed the district’s appointed board of managers to order an election to be set on May 9, 2015. The Commissioner’s directive marks the first step in the district’s transition from the current appointed board to an elected board of trustees.

      October 23, 2014

      Texas Safe Schools Week: Shared Responsibility in Identifying, Reporting Inappropriate Educator-Student Relationships

       As part of Texas Safe Schools Week (Oct. 19-25), the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today advised that everyone in education – including students, parents, teachers, administrators, coaches and staff – plays a critical role in identifying and reporting improper educator-student relationships.