The Code of Ethics of the Education Profession
All educators would agree that a safe, collegial workplace is of paramount importance to a successful school. We must keep a strong code of ethics in our practice while working with children and other educators.
MTA’s Professional Standards and Ethics Committee is here to help.
What is the Code of Ethics?
The NEA Code of Ethics of the Education Profession is based on two guiding principles:
Commitment to the student. The educator strives to help each student realize his or her potential as an effective member of society.
Commitment to the profession. The educator makes every effort to raise professional standards, exercise professional judgment, encourage persons worthy of the trust to careers in education, and assist in preventing practice of the profession by unqualified persons.
To make sure the two guiding principles are followed, the MTA created a standing committee — the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee — to help its members maintain a high standard of ethics in their profession.
What does the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee do?
The duty of the committee is to make sure that The Code of Ethics of the Education Profession is distributed to all professional and preprofessional educators throughout the state, to provide and assist associations in promoting and implementing the Code of Ethics, and to assist in the resolution of any complaint filed upon a written charge by a member of the MTA against another member.
In addition, the committee interprets the code when requested, carries out reviews of the code and recommends changes to the code to the NEA Review Board. The committee also promotes an understanding of the code among MTA members and among the general public.
How can the committee help you?
It is the charge of the committee to work for the membership of the MTA to help members resolve disputes where a breach of the Code of Ethics may have occurred. Once a complaint is filed in writing to the chair of the committee, the charged party is notified of the complaint. If the committee deems it necessary, the complaint advances to further investigation, mediation or advisory opinion. Of course, all actions by the parties are kept confidential and all parties will be given an opportunity to state their given positions regarding the dispute.
The goal is to have the parties resolve their dispute with the aid of mediation. If additional mediation is needed to reach a resolution, it will be scheduled. If no resolution is reached, the ethical issue in dispute may be forwarded to the MTA Executive Committee.
What is the first step?
The filing of an ethics charge is not an easy decision for anyone to make. Please know that every member of the Professional Standards and Ethics Committee is committed to helping you! For more information or guidance on the dispute resolution process, or on the committee itself, please contact:
Massachusetts Teachers Association
Professional Standards and Ethics Committee
Click here to view or download a copy of The Code of Ethics of the Education Profession.