Public school teachers in the U.S. get at least a bachelor's degree, but they also need to complete a teacher education program and obtain certification or a license to work. Once you have your teaching credential, an educational board may suspend or revoke certification for misconduct.
Disciplinary actions may be taken against a teacher for various reasons. Criminal allegations, particularly those involving sexual misconduct or narcotics, may result in suspension. Falsifying information on the certification application, immoral conduct and poor job performance also often appear on the list of offenses for which a teacher may be suspended. California list incapacity due to mental illness as cause for suspension, while many states have general language regarding suspension. For instance, Tennessee guidelines allow suspension for "other good cause," which may include defaulting on a student loan. New Jersey's guidelines include similar language, allowing suspension for "just cause." Teachers with a suspended credential may not work in a public school until the suspension is lifted. Suspensions may be levied while boards investigate alleged misconduct. Lifting of suspensions sometimes requires evidence of rehabilitation such as counseling, completion of a recovery program or letters of recommendation.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: How to Become a Kindergarten or Elementary School Teacher
- State of California: Educator Misconduct -- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Tennessee State Board of Education: Denial, Suspension, and Revocation of Teacher and Administrator Licenses
- New Jersey Department of Education: Certification and Induction
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