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Iowa Chapter Implements Initiative: Navigating Professional Risks

The Iowa Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (IACTE) is engaged in an initiative to bring the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE) to Iowa’s teacher preparation programs. Educators have the responsibility to ensure a safe environment and support the well-being of each and every child. The MCEE was designed as a framework to inform the decision-making process that educators can use to guide them through the gray areas of the profession based on five guiding principles. The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) began developing MCEE in 2012 and adopted it in 2015. The MCEE is designed to protect the rights of students and support educators’ commitment to the profession.

There are five principles of responsibility identified in the MCEE:

  1. Responsibility to the profession
  2. Responsibility for professional competence
  3. Responsibility to students
  4. Responsibility to parents/guardians, colleagues, the community and employers
  5. Responsible and ethical use of technology

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