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School Law & Ethics
Standard 8: Ethics

Written by Stephanie Dean, M.Ed.
Suggested Prerequisites: 
The learner must hold Instructional Leadership Certification.
The learner must have access to a computer with internet connection.


The purpose of this professional study is to cause educational leaders to reflect upon current legal and ethical issues that arise in schools today. It will also help improve the decision-making process regarding legal and ethical dilemmas. This study is based on the content of the book, A Teacher's Pocket Guide to School Law, Third Edition by Nathan L. Essex. The Alabama Educator Code of 

Ethics Standards will be used as well. (Each participant will receive a copy of the book and Ethics Standards as well as a reflection journal.)


  • attend, participate in, and complete 7 one and one-half hour, face-to-face sessions OR 2 full-day sessions OR 4 half-day sessions.
  • complete ongoing professional reading, journal reflections, and a presentation for the last session. 

After successful completion of this professional study, participants will earn (1) PLU. This professional study will be offered up to 3 years.