The Teaching of the Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educator Preparation Programs

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (Ed.D)


Educational Administration

Date of Award

Spring 2015


The purpose of this descriptive quantitative research study was to answer three basic informational questions: (1) To what extent ethics training, as stipulated in Texas Administrative Code Chapter 247, was included in the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) curriculum; (2) To what extent Texas public universities with approved EPP programs provided their faculty opportunities for and/or require them to obtain ethics training; and (3) To what extent the EPP professions included information regarding the consequences of unethical behavior and information on professional and ethical decision making? A short, concise electronically-delivered survey provided the necessary data to answer the informational questions regarding the training received and the delivery of Texas Administrator Code Chapter 247, Educators' Code of Ethics. As such, this descriptive quantitative research study investigated the extent Texas Education Agency (TEA)-approved state universities addressed these criteria of teaching the code of ethics in their EPP curricula. The study found that the overall picture shows a majority of the TEA-approved EPP professors included this criterion in their curriculum. The study also found that specific training opportunities were minimal, although there was considerable interest in training opportunities from the participants. The study showed a consensus among the participants regarding the inclusion of specific information about consequences for unethical behavior and information regarding professional and ethical decision-making.


Ray Thompson

Subject Categories

Education | Educational Leadership