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Ethical And Legal Issues For Educators

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Overview / Abstract:

This course explores the ethical and legal framework necessary to guide responsible teaching practices. Policy, statute, and case law are analyzed and applied to current educator practices. Participants make decisions about teacher-student relationships and appropriate boundaries based on a framework of ethical and legal principles to support building a professional practice that bears public scrutiny and inspires confidence.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Overview of Ethical and Legal Issues

Define basic legal terms that frame educational decision-making.
Identify the stages of Kohlberg’s model of moral development.
Illustrate how the relationship between dispositions, ethics, and law affects decision-making.
Justify the creation of an educational code of ethics.
Explain the value of the “continuum-of responsibility” developed by other fiduciary professions.
Policy, Statute, and Case Law

Identify the potential consequences when educators violate implicit or explicit behavioral expectations.
Explain how dual relationships can affect ethical decisions.
Analyze guiding principles from historical case law in the areas of teacher supervisory liability, teacher and student freedom of expression, and teacher personal lifestyle.
Case Law

Recommend, based on generally accepted principles originating from case law, an appropriate balance between religion and schooling.
Apply historical case law regarding student and teacher freedom of association, student punishment, student due process rights, and search and seizure.
Apply historical case law concerning sexual discrimination and harassment.
Describe how copyright law affects teaching.
Determine the variables that surround the issues of test fraud.
Ethics: Teachers, Students, and Parents

Apply ethical principles to guide behavior and professional interactions among teachers, students, and parents.
Explain possible consequences of decision-making related to teacher-student and teacher-parent relationships.
Recommend professional ethical boundaries among teachers, students, and parents.
Ethics: Teachers, Colleagues, and Supervisors

Apply ethical principles to guide behavior and professional interactions among teachers, colleagues, and supervisors.
Explain possible consequences of decision-making among teacher-colleague and teacher-supervisor relationships.
Recommend professional ethical boundaries among teachers, colleagues, and supervisors.
Create a personal-professional model for ethical decision-making.
Review

All objectives apply.

Expiration

Nov 05, 2020

Discipline(s)

Education (Higher Ed) , Education (K-12)

Format

Online

Cost

Varies

Credits / Hours

3.0 CEU

Keywords / Search Terms

University of Phoenix

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