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Welcome to the Chicago Public Schools Field Experience Online Registration Form!

We are excited that you have an interest in completing field experience hours with the Chicago Public Schools. CPS is an innovative and progressive urban school district that offers guidance and mentoring from accomplished veteran cooperating teachers in diverse educational environments. We welcome the opportunity to support and inspire our future educators.

Please complete the outlined registration process below if you are studying in the field of Education/Teaching and have an interest in completing field experience hours within CPS.  Field experience may also be referred to as observational hours, practicum experience, pre-student teaching or pre-clinical field experience.

IMPORTANT - This registration form is ONLY for students studying in the field of Education/Teaching. Please see the Important Notes section below for information regarding other CPS student programs.

The CPS Field Experience Registration Process Consists of Two Simple Steps:
  • STEP 1 - Complete the online registration form below.
  • STEP 2 - Submit a copy of your background check results to the CPS Talent Office (instructions are outlined below).

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • This online registration form is for Field Experience ONLY, and is not affiliated with any other CPS program.
  • For information regarding Student Teaching and Clinical or Counseling Internships please visit www.cpsstudentteachprogram.com.
  • For all inquiries related to CPS Field Experience, please email FieldExperience@cps.edu.
  • For assistance with field placements, please contact your university directly. The CPS Talent Office does not coordinate placements within schools.

STEP 1 – ONLINE REGISTRATION

Please complete the questions below to express your interest in CPS Field Experience. This information will assist the Talent Office in processing your request in a timely manner.

APPLICANT INFORMATION

*IMPORTANT – This will be the primary email address that we will use to correspond with you regarding your field experience application.
*Please include the area code in the phone numbers.

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION

*If your university does not assign a number, please enter "NA".
*If placement is unknown, please enter "Unknown".
Anticipated Semester and Year of Graduation

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION

*Employees of CPS Charter Schools, please select "No" and see further instructions under the section titled "How To Obtain Your Background Results".
THANK YOU FOR COMPLETING THE CPS FIELD EXPERIENCE REGISTRATION FORM. BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR REQUEST, PLEASE CAREFULLY READ THE INFORMATION BELOW REGARDING HOW TO OBTAIN AND SUBMIT YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK RESULTS TO THE CPS TALENT OFFICE.
ALL ACTIVE CPS EMPLOYEES - PLEASE PROCEED TO THE SECTION BELOW TITLED "SUBMITTING YOUR BACKGROUND RESULTS".

STEP 2 – BACKGROUND CHECK REPORTS

CPS FIELD EXPERIENCE BACKGROUND CHECK REPORT CRITERIA
  • The criminal background check must be fingerprint-based. Background checks that are generated based on a name search or social security number will not be accepted.
  • The criminal background check report must provide results from both the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Illinois State Police (ISP).
  • The FBI and ISP background check reports must be dated within one calendar year of the date in which you submit this online registration form.

HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR BACKGROUND RESULTS

If you have been fingerprinted by your university, you may be able to obtain your background check results through your educational program coordinator. If your university is able to provide you with a copy of your background check results, please ensure that you have results for both the FBI and the ISP. CPS will only accept background check results directly from the applicant. Background check results will not be accepted from a university or third party on behalf of the applicant.

If you have been fingerprinted by an agency other than your university (i.e. your employer), the Talent Office will accept the background check results, as long as they meet the criteria outlined above. It would be your responsibility to obtain the reports and submit them to CPS. Background check results will not be accepted from a third party on behalf of the applicant.

If you are a CPS Charter School employee, you may be able to obtain a copy of your background check results from the Office of Charter Schools’ Human Resources Employment Department. The CPS Talent Office does not have access to employment data for Charter Schools; therefore, all Charter School employees are required to submit a copy of their background check results to our office.

If you have NOT been fingerprinted, please check with your university regarding appropriate protocol. If you need assistance with completing the fingerprinting process, please click here for additional information.

SUBMITTING YOUR BACKGROUND RESULTS

CURRENT CPS EMPLOYEES - CPS employees are not required to submit a background check report to the Talent Office. This exemption does not include employees of CPS Charter Schools. Charter School employees, please see the directions above in the section titled "How To Obtain Your Background Results".

If you are currently employed by CPS and are not a Charter School employee, please click the 'SUBMIT' button below to complete the field experience registration process. Upon verification of your employment, you will receive an email response regarding your field experience request. Please ensure that you have provided accurate contact information above for future correspondences.

ALL NON-CPS EMPLOYEES – There are two ways to submit your criminal background check results to the CPS Talent Office. Please see the steps below:

 

Applicants Fingerprinted Using the CPS Process - If you will be fingerprinted by Accurate Biometrics using the CPS Fingerprint Authorization Form, your criminal background check results will be routed directly to CPS with no further action from you.  Upon receipt of both your ISP and FBI background check results, the CPS Talent Office will process your request. Within two weeks you will receive an email response regarding your request. Please ensure that you have provided accurate contact information above for future correspondences.  Please click here for the CPS Fingerprint Authorization Form and fingerprinting process.

 

Applicants Not Fingerprinted Using the CPS Process - If you were previously fingerprinted by an agency other than CPS Field Experience, the CPS Talent Office will honor the FBI and ISP reports as long as they meet the criteria outlined above (see the section titled – CPS Field Experience Background Check Report Criteria). To submit copies of your criminal background check results please use the address listed below.  The CPS Talent Office must receive your criminal background check results within 90 days of submission of your online registration request.

 

NOTE - If both steps  are not completed in their entirety within 90 days of starting the CPS Field Experience registration process, it will be determined that you no longer have an interest in completing Field Experience with Chicago Public Schools. Your request and all associated documents will be purged from our system.

 

Criminal Background Check Results can be mailed to:

 

CPS Talent Office

Attn: Field Experience Coordinator 

125 S. Clark Street, 2nd Floor 

Chicago, IL 60603

SUBMITTING YOUR FIELD EXPERIENCE REQUEST

After submitting this online form, please proceed to the next step in the registration process. Once the CPS Talent Office has acknowledged that all requirements have been fulfilled, you will receive an email response regarding your field experience request. Please allow at least two weeks for the Talent Office to process and respond to your request.

Please ensure that you have provided accurate contact information above for future correspondences.
REMINDER - Your field experience request will not be processed until all applicable steps of the registration process have been completed.
 
 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN THE CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS!
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