The Foundations and Essentials versions of the ProEthica® program are built around the same fundamental module structure. There is a version of the program for Teachers and for School Leaders at each of these two levels. Each version addresses the content from a teacher's or leader's lens with varying degrees of complexity, making the ProEthica program suitable for all educators, regardless of where you are in your professional career.
The ProEthica Program for Teachers
Module 1: Introduction
This module explores the relationship between the dispositional, ethical and regulatory frameworks as they apply to educator decision making and conduct.
Module 2: The Professional Educator
This module identifies your responsibilities to the profession.
Module 3: The Professional Educator and the Student
This module identifies your responsibility to establish and maintain appropriate verbal, physical, emotional and social boundaries with and regarding students.
Module 4: The Professional Educator and the School
This module addresses how you promote effective and appropriate relationships and interactions with members of the school community while maintaining professional boundaries in and outside of the school building.
Module 5: The Professional Educator and the Community
This module identifies how you must reflect the values of the profession as members of the community.
Module 6: The Professional Educator and Technology, Digital and Social Media
This module covers appropriate use of all technologies in teacher interactions with students, parents and colleagues, including confidentiality in the use of technology and how to identify and address inappropriate use of technology.
Module 7: Ethical Decision Making for the Professional Educator
This module provides a simulation-based activity in which you will examine long-term consequences of short-term decisions. Completion of this module will require you to apply what you have learned in previous modules as well as in this one.
The ProEthica Program for School Leaders
To provide continuity in training, Modules 1–7 in the School Leader version of the ProEthica program cover the same topics covered in the Teacher version, but refocus the activities to be specific to school leaders and ask you to view the scenario through a "leadership lens."
Throughout the modules, you will focus on:
- the unique role you play in fostering an ethical and professional culture
- the techniques, analysis and mindset you need to apply professional ethics in decision making
- how to avoid risk and help teachers avoid risk in everyday situations
Module 8: Leading the Professional Educator
This module is only available in the School Leader version. It identifies your responsibility to establish and foster an ethical and professional culture within your school by examining some of the unique ethical challenges you face.
The ProEthica program aligns to the Model Code of Educator Ethics.
Watch this video to hear how the MCEE is paving the way for resources that will support educators in developing their ethical decision-making skills. (3 min., 25 sec.)
Troy Hutchings explains the importance of professional ethics as a standard of practice in education. Read these articles recently published by RealClearEducation.com.