EDU361 Ethics/Professionalism in Clsrom

for FA 2009

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EDU 361 Ethics and Professionalism in the Classroom


FA 2009 HO


Pate, Victoria J.


Senior Professor/Adjunct Faculty


Juris Doctor
Mediation Certification

Daytime Phone

(816) 741-2253


Semester Dates

August 17 - December 11, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

9:00 - 9:50 am


ED210 and admission to the School of Education.  To be taken simultaneously with Practicum.

Credit Hours



None required.  Course readings and other materials provided by instructor.
All Park University teacher candidates seeking certification and licensure must purchase Foliotek, the School for Education's electronic portfolio system.  See Foliotek requirements below.

Additional Resources:

California Safe Schools Coalition, Safe Schools Research Brief, LGBT Student Safety: Steps Schools Can Take retrieved Jan. 12, 2007 from
Fisher, Ury and Patton, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, Second Ed., Penguin Books, 1991
The Kansas City Star
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Public School Laws retrieved from
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education/Division of Special Education, Procedural Safeguards Notice retrieved from
National Education Association, NEA: Code of Ethics of the Education Profession retrieved from

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Course Description:
An introduction to the legal values and ethical standards of behavior that govern the profession of teaching. Focus is on the legal and ethical duties owed by educators to student, parents, colleagues and the school district. Emphasis is placed on appropriate intervention and response strategies to problems frequently faced by new teachers. PREREQUISITES: EDU 210 and admission to the School for Education. To be taken simultaneously with Practicum. 1:0:1

Educational Philosophy:
To provide an interactive and interdisciplinary learning opportunity for students in which the student will develop an ethical and legal approach for responding to problems commonly faced by new teachers in the education profession.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Recognize conduct that legally constitutes sexual harassment.
  2. Identify appropriate responses to inappropriate student behavior.
  3. Recognize "duties owed" with regard to student safety.
  4. Identify legal issues concerning students' rights to free speech/expression and religion.
  5. Distinguish the teacher's right to free speech/expression and religion.
  6. Discuss the Procedural Safeguards that apply to the education of students with special needs.
  7. Apply terms and concepts associated with “principled negotiation.”

Core Assessment:
Final Exam (the last session of the course) covering material presented in all
previous sessions.

Class Assessment:

1.  Participation in class discussions and mock classroom problems is required.  Each topic will conclude with a "classroom problem."  Students will be expected to resolve the problem utilizing their knowledge and understanding of the material most recently covered in class.  In addition to classroom participation, students are expectd to complete an essay addressing MoSTEP performance indicator (Practices Professional Ethics) which will be reviewed by the instructor.  See rubric below.

2.  Mid-term exam covering negligence, sexual harassment and discipline.

3.  Core Assessment Activity: All Park University courses must include a core assessment that measures the relevant Program Learning Outcomes.  The purpose of this assessment is to determine if expectations have been met concerning mastery of learning outcomes across all instructional modalities.  The core assessment for this course is a final exam with a writing component.  This activity constitutes 25% of the total grade for the course and assesses outcomes 1 - 7.  Assessment activity rubric is attached below.


Participation = 70 points (5 points per class session; except final exam session)

Mid-Term = 20 points

Final Exam = 30 points

Total = 120 points

90 - 100% = A

80 - 89%  =  B

70 - 79%  =  C

60 - 69%  =  D

Below 60% = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students are responsible for all missed work.  The mid-term and/or final exam may be taken at an alternate time only with pre-approval by the instructor and only with an excused absence. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students whose behavior is detrimental to good order in the classroom or whose behavior interferes with the learning of other students will be subject to disciplinary action ranging from dismissal from the classroom to expulsion from Park University.  Such behavior includes, but is not limited to, the use of abusive or obscene language, attending the class under the influence of drugs or alcohol, excessive tardiness and excessive absences. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Date Topics/Assignments
Session 1  Aug. 21 Negligence
Session 2 Aug. 28 Negligence
Session 3 Sept. 4 Sexual Harassment
Session 4 Sept. 11 Sexual Harassment
Session 5 Sept. 18 Discipline
Session 6 Sept. 25 Discipline
Session 7 Oct. 2 Mid-term review (take home mid-term)
Session 8 Oct. 9 Principled Negotiation
Session 9 Oct. 16 Fall Recess
Session 10 Oct. 23 Principled Negotiation
Session 11 Oct. 30 Special Education Students
Session 12 Nov. 6 Special Education Students
Session 13 Nov. 13 Free Speech/Expression and Religion
Session 14 Nov. 20 Free Speech/Expression and Religion
Session 15 Nov. 27 Holiday
Session 16 Dec. 4 Final Exam Review
Session 17 Dec. 9, Wednesday, 8:00 - 10:00 Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95
8.  Since participation is an integral part of this course, missing any class will result in zero participation points for that day regardless of whether the absence in excused or unexcused.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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