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    On the NYS Education Dept. application for certification, there is a section that asks questions about your "moral" character. When I applied many years ago, one question asked if I had ever been convicted of a crime, and if so, to explain. I do not know if your conviction would prevent you from becoming certified, but my advice to you would be to call the education department for the state where you are pursuing your degree and ask. Your crime is not directly related to children (which is a plus on your side) and the fact that you have not had any convictions since then also speaks in your favor. You do need at least a bachelor's degree, and in many states, NY included, a master's to teach in a public school, but my advice to you would be to follow your dream. You clearly realize you made a mistake, you've payed the consequence, and now you have the chance to move on. Make sure it is possible (by calling state ed) and then go for it! Good luck to you!

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