Educator Courses

Professional Boundaries, Ethics, and Professionalism in Education (TE-16)



The student-teacher relationship involves a power dynamic where students are vulnerable and teachers must demonstrate trustworthiness. For this reason the teacher boundary and ethics course was created for teachers or professionals in the education field who have pushed the boundaries or failed in their ethical and professional obligations in some way.

This teacher boundary and ethics course offers a two-pronged approach to remediation. First, through readings, research, and writing assignments participants learn to describe their offenses in legal, ethical, and regulatory terms. Furthermore, through one-on-one consultation with the faculty, they identify the factors that led to their offense. Finally participants will develop a Personalized Protection Plan to safeguard students, schools, and their ability to continue in the teaching profession. Learnings are cemented by participation in five hours of the Maintenance and Accountability Seminars.


  1. TE-16
    • Pre-course assignments + individual discussion with faculty
    • Five faculty-led group conference calls (TE-MAS). One hour weekly on Tuesday evening (9:15pm - 10:15pm eastern time)
    • Minimum six week duration to complete 
  2. TE-16 Enhanced
    • Pre-course assignments + individual discussion with faculty
    • Nine faculty-led group conference calls (TE-MAS). One hour weekly on Tuesday evening (9:15pm - 10:15pm eastern time)
    • Minimum ten week duration to complete 
  3. TE-16 Extended
    • Pre-course assignments + individual discussion with faculty
    • Thirteen faculty-led group conference calls (TE-MAS). One hour weekly on Tuesday evening (9:15pm - 10:15pm eastern time)
    • Minimum fourteen week duration to complete 


Although the course is self-paced, accelerating the schedule beyond the minimum duration noted above is not permitted. This time frame is pre-determined to facilitate the most comprehensive educational experience and allow enough time for course concepts to be absorbed and implemented.

Professions this course is suitable for

K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, principals, religious education teachers, ministers, and other professionals working in the educational setting.

This course addresses issues such as

  • Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct
  • False, fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading documentation of professional status
  • False or malicious statements toward colleagues
  • Attempting to obtain a teaching certificate by fraud or misrepresentation
  • Using one’s name to cover the actions of another not authorized to teach
  • Falsification of student records
  • Misleading or deceptive communication with regulatory boards
  • Covering or failure to acknowledge previous disciplinary action
  • Teaching below minimal standards
  • Discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, family, social or cultural background, or sexual orientation
  • Acceptance of gifts, favors, or gratuities that impair or appear to influence professional decisions or actions
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Dual Relationships that compromise a teacher role

Learning objectives

  • Gain an understanding of moral authority and ethical decision making
  • Understand the relationship between ethical content and ethical process
  • Review codes and laws relevant to their specific offense
  • Communicate the harm done from ethical/legal violations
  • Identify and define violation potentials for ethical issues utilizing the Ethics Formula
  • Create an Ethics Protection Plan to maintain and safeguard professional ethics
  • Learn to utilize peer group discussions for ethical dilemma resolution

Certificate information

A 16, 20, or 24 contact-hour certificate of completion will be made available to course graduates upon completion of the teacher boundary and ethics course, certified by PBI Education. Graduates will be awarded contact hours equal to the number of hours completed during their course.

Please note: This course is not intended to serve as a collegiate study course, but instead a remedial education course. As such, the course is not accredited to award collegiate professional education contact hours. Please confirm prior to registration that this course is acceptable for your professional development needs. 

Registration Options

Select Edition

Course Credits

16 CE hours

Course Costs

$595.00 Flat

Date: Open Enrollment

Type: Teleconference

Course Credits

20 CE hours

Course Costs

$795.00 Flat

Date: Open Enrollment

Type: Teleconference

Course Credits

24 CE hours

Course Costs

$995.00 Flat

Date: Open Enrollment

Type: Teleconference


How do I know if this course is approved by my regulatory agency or board?
Most PBI Education courses are already approved, but we always recommend you send our course agenda to your agency for pre-approval before you register. Just click the "course agenda" button at the top of the page to download a copy of the agenda.
What is the difference between the TE-16, TE-20, and TE-24 editions of this course?
Each edition of the course includes the same written assignments, reading assignments, and individual discussions with the faculty. The TE-20 includes a total of nine weeks of the weekly group discussion. The most comprehensive edition of the course is the TE-24, including thirteen weeks of group discussion, and is intended to address the most concerning cases of professional boundary and ethical issues.
  • "I am truly thankful that is course exists as a rehabilitative measure so that professionals can find their way back to their careers. I wish I had taken this course before I graduated from my teacher education program."
    - Educators Course Graduate
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