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ETS's Work in Educator Ethics

In April 2012, ETS hosted the Educator Ethics Symposium, bringing together representatives from a variety of educational organizations, jurisdictional officials and subject matter experts to discuss the gaps that currently exist in preparing and licensing educators in the field of professional ethics and regulations. The recommendations from the symposium participants included the following:

  • Further research needs to be conducted in educator ethics.
  • A national code of ethics for educators needs to be developed.
  • Instruction in the ethical and regulatory frameworks needs to occur at the pre-service and in-service levels.
  • Confirmation of knowledge of those frameworks should occur at the licensure level.

To address those recommendations, ETS has engaged in the following work:

  • ETS constructed the Georgia Ethics Assessment, which is a licensure requirement of all initial licensure candidates in Georgia.
  • ETS served as a sponsor in the development of the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) and the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics.
  • ETS established an aggressive research agenda to more fully examine the context of educator decision making, trends and patterns in licensure sanctions, and the impact of educating educators in professional ethics.
  • ETS thought leaders have hosted seminars, workshops and keynote addresses to state and national audiences across the United States and Canada as subject matter experts.
  • ETS thought leaders are the designated subject matter experts on a number of national committees and projects.
  • The ProEthica® program launched its first versions of ProEthica® Foundations and ProEthica® Essentials for Teachers and School Leaders.
  • ETS provides webinars, newsletters and other resources aimed at sharing ideas that inform the profession.

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Protecting the Profession: Discussing the Complexities of Educator Ethics (Video)

Watch a panel of education professionals discuss the complexities of educator ethics and the need for a framework to better equip teachers with the tools they need to clarify their roles with students and avoid risk. (1 hr.)
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Building on the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (Video)

Hear how the Model Code of Ethics for Educators is paving the way for resources that will support educators in developing their ethical decision-making skills. (3 min., 25 sec.)
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