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How Long do Teacher Background Checks Take?

Teachers applying for positions are typically anxious about the length of time it will take to complete a teaching background check. An exact answer is difficult to provide due to the number of factors involved when running background checks for teachers, such as the jurisdiction, the applicants’ residences, and previous positions.


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Teacher background check requirements are especially critical for both child safety and regulatory compliance. They help ensure that teachers with a history of abuse or misconduct are not hired, protecting both students and the reputation of the school or institution.

Why is it Important to Conduct Teacher Background Checks?

Few professions require employers to scrutinize applicants’ experience and professional history as rigorously as teachers and child caregivers. Their close contact with children of all ages requires institutions to conduct background checks to guarantee safety.

How to Get Background Checks for Your Teachers with KarmaCheck


Teacher background checks are often completed in two to five business days, provided there aren’t any particular delays. Minimizing the time needed to complete this process requires you to use a “one-stop shop” solution that eliminates the need to coordinate checks between multiple systems. Such a solution should integrate with many sources, including government and education-specific databases to produce your teacher background check.

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Other vendors can take weeks, we get you results in under 5 minutes.

Data shows that KarmaCheck often achieves 350% faster turnaround times–all at a lower price per search.


Light Check

$ 8.70
  • SSN Trace
  • Addresses, Names & DOB Verification
  • National Criminal Database Check
  • Sex Offender Registry Search

Standard Check

$ 16.80
  • SSN Trace
  • Addresses, Names & DOB Verification
  • National Criminal Database Check
  • Sex Offender Registry Search
  • Global Watchlist
  • Unlimited County Criminal Search

Custom or Enterprise

  • ATS / HRIS integrations
  • Advanced features
  • Custom volume tiers
  • Premium Customer Service & Support
  • Varieties of background checks & screenings

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What is Screened in a Teacher Background Check?

The information that a teacher background check provides depends on the laws in your state and the specific type of report. Most public and private schools perform the following checks:

  • Criminal convictions
  • Professional credentials
  • Education history
  • Employment history

Criminal background checks for teachers identify applicants with a criminal history, which doesn’t necessarily mean they were convicted of a crime. These checks include the following information:

  • Disposition
  • Disposition date
  • Offense date
  • Offense level
  • Offense type
  • Sentence
  • Sex offender registry


A public school needs to run a background check for teachers at the state and federal levels. Otherwise, they can fail to obtain a complete criminal history for teachers who move to another state when seeking a new job. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) also maintains a database of disciplinary actions against teachers. This data comes from NASDTEC members, although many members fail to report these actions.

This type of education background check provides information on the applicant’s training as it directly relates to teaching. It includes the following information:

  • Certificate number
  • Disciplinary actions
  • Expiration date
  • Issuance date
  • License type
  • Status

An educational background check provides information on the schools that teachers attended and the courses they took. It includes the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Attendance dates
  • Diplomas, certificates, and degrees

An employment history report provides information on the teacher’s previous jobs, including the following:

  • Employer
  • Contact information
  • Employment dates
  • Positions held

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Why Are Teacher Background Checks Important?

All 50 states in the US legally mandate background checks for teachers, but other interested parties, like parents, often request them as well. A full-time and substitute teacher background check also ensures teachers are professionally qualified and possess the strong character needed to do their jobs. A failure in the hiring process raises the possibility that a school could hire unfit teachers, thus jeopardizing student safety and the school’s reputation.

KarmaCheck offers a cost-effective solution customized for your needs that’s driven by our innovative approach to data and technology. Contact us today to learn more about our fast background checks!

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