A Code Of Ethics For Teachers

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The Need for a Code of Ethics for Teachers and How Positive and Professional Dispositions Must Be Exhibited Prior to and During Student Teaching
Aliesha R. Phillips
The University of Southern Mississippi

Ethics falls under a broad definition that can be defined in many ways: “The term ethics is defined as the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation; 2a) a set of moral principles; 2b) the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group 2c) a guiding philosophy; 2d) a consciousness of moral importance; 3) a set of moral issues or aspects” (Merriam-Webster, n.d.). Ethics can and should be applied to every aspect of human endeavor. Fundamentally, education is intertwined with the concept of ethics in general terms with very little nuance. Ethics can be observed in education in every aspect from teacher preparedness in colleges and universities, conduct with colleagues, parents, and students, to commitment to education in practice within the classroom. “Each educator, upon entering the teaching profession, assumes a number of obligations, one of which is to adhere to a set of principles which defines professional conduct. These principles are reflected in the code of ethics which sets forth to the education profession and the public it serves standards of professional conduct and procedures for implementation. Ethical conduct is any conduct which promotes the health, safety, welfare, discipline and morals of…

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