Lesson Introduction

Educators' Code of Ethics

Texas educators are responsible for knowing and implementing standard practices and ethical conduct towards students, colleagues, parents, and the community. The Educators' Code of Ethics is found in Chapter 247 of Title 19 Education, Part 7 of the TAC.

The Code of Ethics is divided into two parts:

  • §247.1. Purpose and Scope; Definitions
  • §247.2. Code of Ethics and Standard Practices for Texas Educators

The primary purpose of the Educators’ Code of Ethics is to protect the safety and welfare of Texas schoolchildren and school personnel.

Take a moment to bookmark the Educators' Code of Ethics in the Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 247, Title 19, Part 7, §247.2 for future reference.

Key Definitions in the Educators’ Code of Ethics

To gain a clear understanding of the standards in the Code of Ethics, please review the following definitions as outlined in the Code.



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Standards of Conduct

Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages

Keep in mind that "school property," "school activities," and "students" are not limited to your school or your students. Be sure to check your teacher or employee handbook for your district or school’s specific policies.

Communication with a Student

Quick Check #1

Quick Check #2

Lesson Review

Lesson Conclusion