Educator Ethics

Professional Boundaries, Ethics and Professionalism in Education (TE-20)

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Cost

$795.00 Flat

Course Credit

20 CE hours

Important Notice: The faculty for this course is currently out of office, returning April 8th. You may still register now and begin the online component of the course, but please note your finish date will be delayed until the faculty returns. 

Summary

Because the student-teacher relationship involves a power dynamic where students are vulnerable and teachers must demonstrate trustworthiness, PBI Education offers a course for teachers 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. And second, through one-on-one consultation with the faculty, they identify the factors that led to their offense and develop a Personalized Protection Plan to safeguard students, schools, and their ability to continue in the teaching profession. Learnings are cemented by participation in nine hours of the Maintenance and Accountability Seminar.

Format

  1. Online component: Online assignments and readings
  2. Individual teleconference component: Individual discussions with course faculty to review assignments and course concepts
  3. Group teleconference component: Faculty-led group conference calls (TE-MAS). One hour weekly on Tuesday evening (9:15pm - 10:15pm eastern time) for nine weeks
  4. Certificate distributed upon successful completion of course following final discussion with faculty

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 course, certified by PBI Education. Graduates will be awarded contact hours equal to the number of hours completed during their course.

Registration Options

Date: Open Enrollment

Type: Teleconference

FAQ

How long does this course take to complete?
Most participants take eleven weeks from their registration date to their conclusion date. The course is self-paced and completion dates are determined by the speed that a participants completes each step. If participants need to complete the course in less than seven weeks, please contact our staff so we can try and work with your schedule.
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.
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