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Legal & Ethical Issues In Education

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This course provides students with the opportunity to examine and apply legal and ethical issues within the context of an educational setting. Legal issues and their consequent impact on educators are discussed, analyzed, and applied to current educational practices. Emphasis is placed on the ways ethical and legal issues facing teachers affect student learning, and the critical thinking, decision-making, professional and personal conduct of teachers.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 This course is available to take individually or To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5

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    Ethical Considerations

    • Describe the privileges and responsibilities associated with the role of a classroom teacher.
    • Recognize responsibilities for addressing suspected unethical conduct of students and other school employees.
    • Distinguish the difference between the ethical and legal considerations in education.
    • Differentiate "right vs. wrong" as it applies to teacher conduct in a K-8 educational setting.
    • Identify existing policies concerning conduct expected of teachers in school and outside of school.


    • Examine state reporting requirements for school personnel.
    • Explore the test practices at the school, district, and state levels.
    • Evaluate how the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affect teachers' role in education and communication.
    • Examine copyright infringement as it applies to students and teachers.
    • Examine legal and ethical issues related to technology use.

    Professional Conduct

    • Distinguish between inappropriate and appropriate interaction with students.
    • Recognize appropriate forms of interactions with parents and community.

    Teachers and the law

    • Name the basic principles that should guide teachers' decisions in relation to their practice (negligence, freedom of expression, teacher lifestyle, religion in and out of the classroom).

    Role-model Considerations

    • Identify the potential impact of controversial personal conduct on employment and licensure.
    • Recognize how boundary violations between teacher and students affect the education process.
    • Distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate forms of communication with students.

    Employment Requirements, Contracts, and Reasons for Possible Revocation

    • Explore the certification and pre-employment screening requirements relating to fingerprinting and background checks.
    • Identify your rights and responsibilities under a school contract for school employment.
    • Recognize the roles of due process in employment and licensure.
    • Examine reasons for possible dismissal and/or loss of licensure.
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