Can one become a teacher with a misdemeanor charge?

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  1. cutieturtle07

    cutieturtle07 Rookie

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    I do not have one, but I am curious about how situations like this are treated by school districts and how serious it actually is.

    Does it hurt ones chances a lot if they have a misdemeanor charge on their record? Does it become almost impossible to become a certified teacher with a record?

    Thank you everyone for your responses!
     
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    I think it probably varies as to what the charge is?
     
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    The important thing is what is the misdemeanor for.
     
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    Question: Can one become a teacher with a misdemeanor charge?

    Answer: Yes. Depends, but yes.
     
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    yes, but it would depend on where they are applying and what the charge was. In NC you can if the crime was one of those I was stupid when I was in my 20's type deal. Especially if you are out of those 20s now!

    What you don't want to do is lie about it. I know a guy that got caught with pot and has a misdemeanor on his record. He has chosen to not report it even though it happened almost 15 years ago and it was stressed time and time again to make a list of all arrests. He risks losing an awful lot now that he's started working. If they find out now it would be an immediate dismissal. Whereas they would have looked the other way if he had been upfront with it when he applied to the teaching program.
     
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    Oh, I see. I suppose a charge of possession of marijuana or a petty theft charge are the type of misdemeanors I mean. Thank you all for your responses.
     
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    Petty theft might be one of those that get you in trouble, as it is considered a "moral turpitude" crime.

    The moral turpitude crimes are the ones that school districts look at the hardest.
     
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    Wow, I did not know that. Thank you very much for your information.
     

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