Teacher/Educator Courses

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


Note: For participants enrolling after July 4th, 2022 our faculty will be away on leave until July 26th. You are welcome to enroll during this time, however, your course timeframe will be delayed until our faculty returns. Call 904-800-1237 with questions.

Professional Boundaries, Ethics, and Professionalism for Educators

The student-educator relationship involves a power dynamic where students are in a position of vulnerability. Because of this, educators have a fiduciary duty to their students and thereby the public to hold themselves to a high ethical standard. This professional behavior course, developed specifically for teachers and educators, was created for those who have crossed boundaries or failed in their ethical and professional obligations in some way.

Our methodology utilizes the premise that all educators have the potential to commit a boundary or ethics violation, and thus employs 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. Then, through one-on-one consultation with the course faculty, they identify the professional and personal factors that led to their initial lapse. The course culminates in the participant developing a Personalized Protection Plan, an individualized action plan for their continuing in the teaching profession while safeguarding students and their organization. Course learnings are cemented by participation in the Maintenance and Accountability Seminars; weekly group discussions facilitated by course faculty, focusing on continued accountability, learning, and application of course content. 

Note: Medical professionals and medical educators are not eligible to take this course and instead should enroll in PBI's healthcare-specific courses.


  1. TE-16
    • Pre-course assignments + individual discussions with course faculty
    • Five faculty-led group conference calls, know as Maintenance and Accountability Seminars. One hour weekly on Tuesday evening (9:00 - 10:00 PM Eastern Time)
    • Minimum six (6) week duration to complete 
  2. TE-16 Extended
    • Pre-course assignments + individual discussions with course faculty
    • Thirteen faculty-led group conference calls, know as Maintenance and Accountability Seminars. One hour weekly on Tuesday evening (9:00 - 10:00 PM Eastern Time)
    • Minimum fourteen (14) week duration to complete 

Course Duration

Although this 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, administrators, principals, coaches, higher education faculty, religious education teachers, ministers, and other professionals working in the educational setting.

Note: Medical professionals and medical educators are not eligible to take this course and instead should enroll in one of PBI's healthcare-specific courses.

Reasons for Referral

  • False, fraudulent, deceptive, or misleading documentation or behaviors
  • Misleading, malicious, or deceptive communication toward colleagues or with regulatory boards
  • 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
  • Dual Relationships that compromise a teacher role
  • Sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of moral authority and professional decision making
  • Understand the relationship between ethical content and ethical process
  • Review codes and laws relevant to their specific offense
  • Communicate the harm done to the public from boundary, ethical, and legal violations
  • Identify and define the violation potential for professionalism issues utilizing the PBI Boundary/Ethics Formula©
  • Create a Personalized Protection Plan to maintain and safeguard professional behavior moving forward
  • Learn to utilize peer group discussions for professional dilemma resolution

Certificate Information

A 16 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

Course Costs

$595.00 Flat

Date: Open Enrollment

Type: Teleconference

Course Credits

24 CE

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?
What is the difference between the TE-16 and TE-16EX editions of this course?
  • "The instructor was open, honest and authentic. I was apprehensive at the start of this course. I thought I was going to be judged and talked down to. But that is far from the reality. I was then able to be honest with myself and realize there were certain blind spots I had in the way I carried myself amongst colleagues. Awesome instructor. Very thankful to have learned from her. "
    - Educators Course Graduate
  • "This class gave me a good sense that I am not alone, and that there are others in similar positions or going through the same thing, and that there is support for me. It gave me an opportunity to really reflect on what I had done, and how to move forward."
    - Educators Course Graduate
  • "The course brought awareness to my violation and what I could do to protect myself in the future. It was a well-organized and well-run course! Thanks!"
    - Educators Course Graduate
  • "I dreaded taking this class…thirteen weeks later, this is the healthiest I have felt in a very, very long time. When I began this course, I was an angry, emotional hot mess...After weeks of listening to so many stories of other professionals across other states, I fully understand that as educators, we CAN CARE, but we absolutely HAVE to protect ourselves, our students, and the integrity of our profession. I am extremely grateful to Dr. Stephen, to Shari, and to everyone at PBI."
    - Educators Course Graduate - Extended Edition
  • "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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