Requirements, Definitions, Policies, and Procedures for Educator Professional Conduct are subject to change by the Ohio State Board of Education

The Ohio Department of Education is committed to ensuring that all P-12 students receive instruction from educators who can provide a safe, supportive, and healthy school environment. By Ohio statute, those persons who have demonstrated “unbecoming conduct” may not be licensed to teach in Ohio’s schools. The Office of Professional Conduct at the Ohio Department of Education is responsible for raising awareness among pre-service educators for what unbecoming conduct is for educators and has provided a list of offenses that may keep a prospective educator from gaining licensure.

Prior to admission in the teacher licensure program, prior to student teaching/internship and prior to gaining licensure in Ohio, candidates will be subject to a Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) review. These background checks must be completed at Antioch University Midwest. The results will be distributed to the Antioch University Midwest licensure office for review. The background checks will be completed thirty days prior to student teaching and shared with the district office in which the candidate will be student teaching/internship.

Effective July 1, 1987. The Ohio Department of Education requires that all college/university students admitted to Educator Licensure Programs in Ohio be deemed of Good Moral Character as defined below (Rule 3301-21-01 of the Administrative Code):

A person shall be deemed to be of good moral character provided that said individual has not pleaded guilty to or been convicted of any felony, any violation, or any offense that is not a minor misdemeanor, or any substantively comparable ordinance of a municipal corporation or of another state. An individual who has pleased guilty or has been convicted of any such offense may have an application for certification considered by the State Board of Education, provided said individual meets the conditions specified in Rule 3301-23-23 of the Administrative Code.

Antioch University Midwest is, therefore, obligated to require that all Antioch University Midwest students pursuing programs leading to Ohio educator licensure submit to a Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) review.

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Responses to the following questions are required on the State of Ohio Licensure application and are also required by Antioch University Midwest at the time of applying to any of our licensure programs. Please be prepared to answer them thoroughly.

Yes No Have you ever been convicted of, found guilty of, pled guilty to, or pled no contest to any misdemeanor other than a traffic offense?

 

Yes No Have you ever been convicted of, found guilty of, pled guilty to, or pled no contest to any felony?

 

Yes No Have you ever had a criminal conviction sealed or expunged?

 

Yes No Have you ever had ANY professional certificate, license, permit, or an application for the same, revoked, suspended, limited or denied?

 

Yes No Have you ever surrendered ANY certificate, license or permit, other than a driver’s license?

If you answer YES to any question, attach an explanation to this application. Please include the year of conviction, the nature of the offense and the court where the matter was heard.