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Ethics and Social Responsibility in Education




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Course level: Undergraduate

This course introduces learners to the concepts of ethical reasoning and professional ethics in teaching. Learners will explore how their personal values and dispositions--whether inherited through culture and tradition or consciously adopted--interact with professional codes of ethics and ethical decision-making. Learners will examine ethical theories and the function of ethics in teaching. Ethical dilemmas in the education workplace will also be investigated. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming and individuals who reside outside the United States.



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Course skills and outcomes

Week 1

  • Define ethics.
  • Identify key ethical descriptors.
  • Differentiate between ethical theories.

Week 2

  • Identify professional codes of ethics.
  • Analyze the relationship between ethics and education.
  • Compare ethics, morals, values, and dispositions.

Week 3

  • Identify how personal and community values correspond to education.
  • Describe how community values and expectations might influence personal values and dispositions.
  • Explain how personal values affect professional decisions.

Week 4

  • Define legal terminology used in the educational setting.
  • Identify legal concerns of the K–12 teacher.
  • Describe how ethical and legal concerns in education might conflict.

Week 5

  • Analyze ethical issues in education.
  • Apply ethical reasoning to educational decisions.


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We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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