Professional Boundaries, Ethics, and Professionalism in Education (TE-16)Back
16 CE hours
The student-teacher relationship involves a power dynamic where students are vulnerable and teachers must demonstrate trustworthiness. For this reason our 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.
Professional Boundaries, Ethics, and Professionalism in Education 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.
- Online component: Online assignments and readings
- Individual teleconference component: Individual discussions with course faculty to review assignments and course concepts
- Group teleconference component: Faculty-led group conference calls (TE-MAS). One hour weekly on Tuesday evening (9:15pm - 10:15pm eastern time) for five weeks
- Certificate distributed upon successful completion of course following final discussion with faculty
At a minimum, this course will take participants six weeks to complete. Accelerating this schedule 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
- 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
A 16, 20, or 24 contact-hour certificate of completion will be made available to course graduates upon completion of the course, certified by PBI Education. Graduates will be awarded contact hours equal to the number of hours completed during their course.