The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) today announced the first Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) to empower P-12 educators with a framework for the countless ethical decisions they must make in schools every day. The code will be released at a noon luncheon on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the National Press Club’s Zenger Room at 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C.
NASDTEC worked closely with teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals and diverse education partners to create the MCEE and spur national focus of examining, understanding and informing best practices in educator decision-making. The MCEE is now available to help ensure states, educator preparation providers (EPPs), individual schools and school districts are effectively equipping educators in ethical understanding and decision-making.
“The NASDTEC Executive Board’s vision has been realized with this Model Code of Ethics to assist educators with making sound decisions,” said Dr. Phillip S. Rogers, executive director of NASDTEC. “The code also assists EPPs in preparing new educators who will continue to face more complex issues in the future.”
Educational Testing Service (ETS), University of Phoenix College of Education and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) supported NASDTEC as it created the MCEE Task Force for this initiative.
“NNSTOY is honored to partner on the development and ongoing life of the Model Code of Ethics for Educators,” said Katherine Bassett, executive director of NNSTOY. “A professional code, developed by practitioners for practitioners, in which to hold themselves accountable, is a hallmark of a true profession. We are delighted that education now has such a code.”
“Teachers are faced with a myriad of ethical decisions every day and the Model Code of Ethics for Educators empowers teachers to navigate these complex scenarios. The University is proud of its role in the development of the code and to be an early adopter among educator preparation programs,” said Dr. Meredith Curley, provost, University of Phoenix.
The MCEE will serve as a shared ethical guide for future and current educators faced with the complexities of P-12 education. The code establishes principles for ethical best practice, mindfulness, self-reflection and decision-making, setting the groundwork for self-regulation and self-accountability. It is characterized by five principles, which broadly define critical dimensions of ethical practice expected of the professional educator.
“We are honored to have supported the historic development of the Model Code of Ethics for Educators. This seminal work has the potential to profoundly impact the education profession. NASDTEC’s leadership in facilitating the development of the Code cannot be overstated,” said Diane Bailey, ETS Vice President for Teacher Licensure and Certification.
The MCEE will remain as a living document that will adapt and respond to emerging issues in the education profession. Toward this objective, the NASDTEC Executive Board established the National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics (NCAEE) at its June meeting to further the intentional focus on ethics across the profession and establish an ongoing group to administer the code. This critical work will lead to an increased emphasis on ethical preparation, at national, state, and local levels.
Founded in 1928, NASDTEC represents professional standards boards and commissions and state departments of education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the U.S. Territories, Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario that are responsible for the preparation, licensure, and discipline of educational personnel.