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ARC 009: Ethics

Course Description

This course provides a broad overview of ethics and professional responsibilities as they relate to early childhood educators. NAEYC’s Code of Ethical Conduct guides those of us who work with young children and their families as we work through the tough decisions confronted on a daily basis. We will also take into consideration other professional standards and codes of conduct such as the CEC Code for Special Educators.

Our Conceptual Framework is based on this statement:
“Ethics is the science which enables us to understand humanity as it is and humanity as it could be; and then instruct us on how to move from reality to the ideal. To act ethically is to exercise choice which ends in right action. Virtue is the cause of right choice”. - McIntyre, 1981

Prerequisite

  • Acceptance into the program.

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Articulate the ideals and principles of the NAEYC Code of Ethics and become familiar with the CT Teachers Code and The CEC Code for Special Educators
  2. Recognize signs and consequences of abuse and neglect.
  3. Discuss key issues in leadership and advocacy in early childhood
  4. Discuss current ethical challenges in the field of early childhood education: (e.g., inclusion, readiness assessments, preschool expulsion)
  5. Articulate the similarities between NAEYC's Code of Ethics and NAEYC's philosophy of Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

Standards: NAEYC: 5a, 5b, 5d, 5e DEC/CEC: Knowledge: 1.2, 9.1, 9.2 Skills: 9.2, 9.7

Course Activities and Grading

Assignment(s)

Points

Weight

Discussions (Weeks 1-7) (7 @ 12 points each)

84

18%

Public Policy (Week 2)

60

30%

Personal Code of Ethics (Week 4)

50

26%

Ethical Dilemma (Week 5)

50

26%

Total

244 pts

100%

Required Texts

  • Feeney, Stephanie, Nancy K. Freeman & Peter J. Pizzolongo. Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator: Using the NAEYC Code. 2nd ed. 2012. NAEYC # 368 ISBN 978-1-928896-83-8.
  • Brochure: Code of Ethical Conduct & Statement of Commitment. NAEYC. Reaffirmed May 2011.

Additional Resources

  • Journal articles, online materials, etc. maybe required on a weekly basis. They will be posted in Blackboard.

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2

Topic: Codes of Practice including morality and ethics

  • Readings:
    • Textbook (Feeney) - Chapters 1, 2 & 8
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in two Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

2

1,3,5

Topic: Ethical issues in the field

  • Readings:
    • Textbook (Feeney) - Chapter 3
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Public Policy Assignment
31,2,3,4

Topic: Applying the code of ethics to children

  • Readings:
    • Textbook (Feeney) - Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material

4

1,2,4

Topic: Applying the code of ethics to families and colleagues

  • Readings:
    • Textbook (Feeney) - Chapters 5 & 6
  • Read assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Personal Code of Ethics Assignment

5

1,2,3,4

Topic: Applying the code of ethics to society

  • Readings:
    • Textbook (Feeney) - Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapter
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Review the Lecture material
  • Submit Ethical Dilemma Assignment

Current as of: October 27, 2017

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