The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Teacher Education Program Background Check Procedures for Students

The State of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Teacher Education Program requires you to undergo a Tennessee/TBI fingerprint-based background check. Please follow the steps below:

  • Prior to being fingerprinted, complete and sign a Fingerprint Release Form and email (from your UTC Email) to Make sure that the form is complete and signed before sending. If you cannot use the digital signature feature, then you will need to print out, sign and send the scanned document as an attachment.
  • Read thoroughly and follow the instructions on this form.
  • After you get fingerprinted, they will give you a receipt. You must email a copy of this receipt (taking a picture of it is fine) to You must put your UTC ID on the copy of the receipt. We will not search for your results unless we have received a copy of your receipt with your UTC ID clearly written on the top. The requirement will not be met until your clear results have been received by the SOE.


Professional Liability Insurance

To apply for Professional Student Liability Insurance:

Go to:  or or liability insurance may be purchased in the Bursar's Office.

Each insurance option has different expiration dates, please check before purchasing. For example, if you buy your insurance from the Bursar’s office, it ALWAYS expires on May 31st for that school year.

Join one of these organizations and you will automatically get the insurance, but in order for this requirement to be fulfilled, you must email (from your UTC Email) a copy of the receipt with your UTC ID clearly written on top to (subject line: Liability Insurance).