National Criminal Background Check (NCBC) Requirements
Illinois State University (ISU) requires all ISU teacher candidates to complete a one-time online National Criminal Background Check. The new NCBC will replace our previously required yearly Illinois State Police criminal background check and offers greater expansion into criminal histories to ensure the protection of our pre K-12 students by verifying the teacher candidate has not been convicted of illegal activity nationally. The steps below must be followed with results being reported to the Cecilia J. LaubyTeacher Education Center before students may begin any clinical experience.
The NCBC will cost $36 and be valid for 10 years.
The NCBC is 100% online through Bushue Background Screening, follow the NCBC process below.
The NCBC meets the internal ISU milestone requirement for the Criminal Background Check. Students will be responsible for meeting all clinical site (schools) CBC requirements, which are separate from the ISU internal NCBC requirement. Students should contact clinical sites and follow their CBC expectations before beginning clinical experiences.
If unsure if you have previously completed the NCBC process, valid for 10 years, please review your milestone records. You can review your milestone records and CBC expiration date using the following TUTORIAL. It is the student's responsibility to confirm expiration date to avoid paying for additional unneeded NCBC.
Once ready to proceed, open the Bushue companies, ISU Education Background Check Link below and complete all pages, forms and processing fee ($36) to initiate your NCBC check. Please use your ISU e-mail address and student ID when completing the form.
Once you initiate your NCBC, your records will be reviewed at the county, state and federal levels. Once completed, your results will be returned to ISU for final processing by the Teacher Education Center.
It takes at least 3-5 business days after you complete the online NCBC application for results to be received by the Teacher Education Center, with some county checks taking 10 business days or longer based on your past residency.