Becoming a teacher with a criminal record is not impossible. Everyone makes mistakes, and one mistake in the past should not prohibit you from becoming a teacher. If you have been convicted of a crime, your life is not over. You can have a second chance and become a teacher by using the law to your best advantage.
Get your conviction set aside. If you have successfully completed probation, you can set aside your conviction so that your case is dismissed without a guilty background. You may honestly tell potential employers that you have not been convicted of a crime. By getting your conviction set aside, you can truly move on with your life, leaving mistakes in the past. State agencies are prohibited from considering the past criminal conviction (now a dismissed case) when granting licenses, such as for teaching.
To any employer who performs a background check for convictions, nothing will show up. Setting aside your conviction ensures that a background check will not ruin your chances of becoming a teacher. Your record will merely reflect a dismissed case instead of a guilty conviction. In order to set aside your conviction, you will have to prepare and file a motion to the court so that a Judge may review your case. Navigating the law is tricky, and laws vary from state to state. It is recommended that you contact a licensed attorney to guide you through setting aside your conviction.