To maintain the high standards of the teaching profession, educators must adhere to a strict code of conduct. However, several factors can put teachers’ licenses at risk.
Recognize some of the common threats that can risk your license so that you can proactively protect yourself.
Prior criminal acts
Convictions for serious offenses, such as child abuse, sexual assault or drug-related crimes, can cost a teacher their license. These actions not only violate the trust and safety of the students but also damage the reputation of the teaching profession.
A teacher who faces current criminal charges, including those related to drunk driving or substance abuse, may lose their license.
Substance abuse issues can lead to impaired judgment, erratic behavior and unreliable classroom management, all of which are serious concerns for both students and school administrators.
Engaging in any form of inappropriate behavior, including touching students inappropriately, is a grave violation of the code of conduct, as is failure to supervise the classroom. These actions can not only result in immediate suspension or termination but also the loss of a teaching license.
Ethical and professional misconduct
Engaging in unethical behavior, such as cheating, plagiarism or disclosing confidential student information, can also jeopardize their licenses. Maintaining trust and integrity is essential for educators to be effective role models for their students.
The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification reports that an average of 6,000 teachers face disciplinary actions against their license every year. Teachers should understand the consequences of their actions and seek help when facing personal challenges that may affect their ability to teach effectively and responsibly. By upholding these standards, teachers can continue to inspire and educate the next generation.