Field Experiences, Background Checks, & Student Teaching

The School of Education programs are deeply committed to urban PK-12 public education in the region. All field experiences and student teaching placements are assigned in one of our nine partner school districts. Students are required to have a current, cleared background check before the field/clinical experience.* Below are the directions to obtain a background check:


  1. Register with MACHS
    Go to and click the bright blue bar for background check by “Fingerprints”.
  2. Use one of the following 4-digit registration numbers
    • Use code 6692 if you are a pre-education major (and will not be applying for initial teacher certification this year.)
    • Use code 2301 if you already have a DESE profile and will apply for substitute certification this year.
    • Use code 2300 if you are a graduating senior (and/or applying for initial teacher certification this year.)
  3. Complete the Registration Process
    Complete the MACHS online form, pay online using a debit/credit card ($43.05) and print out the final screen which will give you a TCN number.
  4. Make an appointment to be fingerprinted
    To schedule an appointment, email Dea Marx at Indicate the day and time you are available (Monday through Thursday 9am – 2pm). Bring your TCN number and a photo ID to 129 Education (located in the Learning Commons).

If you have questions, please contact Field Experience Coordinator, Dea Marx at

*Note: If you are currently employed in a school district, and can obtain permission from your district office to do your field work in your current district, you will need to provide the Field Experience Coordinator with the name of your district, the building you work in, and the name and contact information of your immediate supervisor.  This will serve as your background clearance.