Ethics and Safety for Our Schools

Sometimes even the most responsible educators with the best of intentions unknowingly harm students and breach codes of ethics, school policies, or state laws. This is the only computerized ethics course in the United States developed to improve an educator’s understanding of his or her violation potential and to construct a personalized protection plan to guide an educator’s moral compass. This confidential interactive experience is done in the privacy of your own home and at your own pace through a password system.

Individuals who take this course will gain:

  • Knowledge of acceptable, ethical behaviors (and those that are not)
  • Individualized information regarding their potential for violation of ethics
  • Certificate of completion
  • 6 Credit hours – 0.6 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

This is an ethics protection/violation prevention course for middle and high school teachers and administrators. It is not intended for educators or administrators who are dealing with disciplinary procedures. The purpose of this course is to reduce a teacher’s or administrator’s violation potential. The degree of learning that takes place for this course depends on one’s truthfulness in their responses.

Ethical violations erode public trust and confidence in the integrity of the teaching profession. This course has been created with the knowledge that all professionals have a violation potential that dynamically changes in response to professional risk factors and personal vulnerabilities. Most teachers are unaware of these factors, which explains why an ethical educator can commit an unethical act during a susceptible period in his or her personal life.

For its primary purpose, this course will guide you through a reflective experience that will bring understanding to your violation potential. As you gain insight, the program will automatically create your individualized Stratified Ethics Protection Plan for the maintenance of a low violation potential and a safer teaching environment.

Credits: 6 contact hours/0.6 CEU credits
Cost: $40 per teacher; discounts for schools or districts available
Version: Middle School / High School Edition
Format: online course completed at your own pace
Available year-round

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Course Goal

The goal of the course is to reduce the occurrence of ethical and boundary transgressions committed by educators.

Course Objectives

Participants shall…

  1. Acquire a working understanding of the Boundary/Ethics Formula™ in order to reduce their violation potential for ethical, boundary, and policy transgressions.
  2. Improve ethical decision making.
  3. Develop and implement a Stratified Ethics Protection Plan™ to safeguard their students, colleagues, school, profession, and themselves.

This course is not intended for educators/administrators who are already dealing with disciplinary procedures, i.e. meaning those who have already committed a violation or have been accused of a breach of ethics, boundaries, law, or policy.

The course Ethics and Safety for Our Schools was developed by Professional Boundaries, Inc. In cooperation with PBI, it is offered to teachers in North and South Carolina by the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.