Why the ProEthica® Program

Preparing Your Candidates in Professional Decision Making

The job of preparing America’s teachers and school leaders for a fulfilling career in education is no small feat for Educator Preparation Programs. Changing expectations and an evolving idea of what beginning educators need to know and be able to do in ethically precarious situations can make this task all the more difficult.

Where many other ethics education or development programs focus narrowly on rules and how they apply, the ProEthica® program digs deeper, inviting each user to examine the process that leads an educator down a path toward risk. Research shows that misconduct is a process, not an event. By examining the risks and vulnerabilities inherent in the profession, the ProEthica program helps highlight how to identify and mitigate those risks. Offering many more advantages than other ethics programs, the ProEthica program:

  • Focuses on application of professional ethics in daily decision making
  • Is derived from leading educator ethics research conducted by Hutchings and Morris (2014)
  • Leverages highly relevant situations and real-life scenarios to help ensure educators are learning techniques and strategies they can actually use 
  • Includes the use of real news stories, real case studies and sample policy documents, research papers and best practice suggestions
  • Is developed specifically for teachers and school leaders
  • Is built on content that is vetted through a representative group of practicing educators, educational leaders and state standards board members
  • Incorporates ETS’s expertise in assessment development and measurement

ProEthica Foundations provides a convenient, online, affordable ethics training solution for every educator preparation program looking to bolster its ethics curriculum. Offered for both teachers and school leaders, ProEthica Foundations provides an introduction to ethics in education and decision making and includes formative feedback.

By using Foundations, your teacher candidates will learn:

  • How to better balance the often competing obligations and expectations in their relationships with students, their school and their community
  • General obligations under the law, relevant regulations and best practices
  • The principles represented in the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE)

By using Foundations, your school leader candidates will learn:

  • How leaders establish and support a culture of professionalism in education — in relationships with students, their schools and their communities
  • Ethical understanding to guide decision making
  • The specific regulations and expectations that school leaders face every day

ETS is committed to promoting the application of ethical standards in the theory and practice of teacher education. We believe a proactive approach is required to prepare educators to be better equipped to handle the ethical challenges they could face both in and out of the classroom or school.