Teacher Ethics Training

TEA takes ethical violations very seriously! To provide educators with a case study on poor ethical choices, the TEA developed four training modules in the style of "The Office" to display extreme behaviors that are not tolerated as an education professional.

The videos tell a story and should be watched in sequential order to see the progression and development of the storyline, and the consequences of making poor choices, including loss of teaching credentials and in some instances cause jail time for offenses.

Videos are for teacher training purposes only. All characters, locations, and situations in The Campus are purely fictional. Any similarities to anyone living or deceased are merely a coincidence. This is a fictional presentation and is not intended to portray any actual school, students, or personnel in Texas.

Ethics Training

Since one of the best ways to encourage positive behavior is to graphically illustrate negative behavior and show its consequences, this online course is anchored by a series of four entertaining yet informative episodes. The Campus takes participants into a fictional school where a handful of likeable but ethically challenged teachers get entangled in ethically treacherous situations. As the stories unfold over the four webisodes, the misfit educators learn lessons about what does and does not constitute ethical behavior. Keep in mind this is only four short modules and does not reflect all issues that can take place on or off campus; it is very important that you give as much guidance and clarity to your staff as possible to prevent any ethical violations. Even though the style of this training is comedic, TEA takes these offenses very seriously.

Please note that your local district policy may differ from that used as guidance in this training course; always check with your district to find out your local policies on social media and reporting procedures, or if you feel you are in a situation that needs guidance.  

Ethics Training Breakdown  


A breakdown of the ethics training (outside source) is available.

The training is located on our TEA YouTube channel, and a playlist called "Texas Education Agency Teacher Ethics Training" is available to stream the ten video segments. Assessment for the training is available here, and while it is not required, it is recommended.

Module 1 (3 video segments) - Boundaries, approximately 25 minutes in length

Module 2 (2 video segments) - Social Media, approximately 10 minutes in length

Module 3 (3 video segments) - Anger Management, approximately 10 minutes in length

Module 4 (2 video segments) - Behavior off Campus, approximately 10 minutes in length

The purpose of this training is to make teachers aware of their actions and hold them accountable for their behavior. Organizations are encouraged to keep a record signed by the educator that they have been trained on ethics. We also encourage teachers and education organizations to revisit ethics regularly to ensure that educators know and understand the district procedures in case an issue ever arises.    

Other Important Links

 

More information on ethics for Texas educators is available below:

Disciplinary Policy and Mission Statement - State Board for Educator Certification (outside source)

FAQs regarding Investigations & Disciplinary Rules Enforcement

Project Share (outside source)

Internet Safety: Communication

Chapter 247 (relating to Educators' Code of Ethics) (outside source)

Best Practices for Teachers

Always check with your district on your local policy but the following are some best practices.

If you witness another teacher doing something unethical:

  • Make factual notes about what you saw.
  • Report the behavior or actions to the principal or other immediate supervisor.

The district will investigate the report.

Recommendation: Avoid placing yourself in compromising situations.

Remember: You are required by law to report child abuse.