International Code of Ethics for Educators

The International Code of Ethics for Educators (ICOEE) is currently under review and will be released in the Summer 2017.

The Association for Childhood Education International is developing an International Code of Ethics for Educators (ICOEE). As a human development organization dedicated to ensuring the optimal education, development, and well-being of children worldwide, the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) is committed to providing tools and resources for educators that contribute to sustainable futures for all. ACEI has been leading informal discussions and considering ideas and input from interested parties on the development of the ICOEE.

The development of an International Code of Ethics for Educators is particularly important now. Knowledge about human development is more abundant and readily available than at any other time in history. In this environment, the ICOEE will work to empower educators to navigate global contexts and respond to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Although ACEI is interested in quality education of all types—both formal and informal—the ICOEE is directed toward those individuals working as part of a professional community, such as classroom teachers, administrators, and community practitioners. It may be used to inform the individual educator or to help a group of educators to collectively assess professional behaviors.

Although ACEI is interested in quality education of all types—both formal and informal—the ICOEE is directed toward those individuals working as part of a professional community, such as classroom teachers, administrators, and community practitioners. It may be used to inform the individual educator or to help a group of educators to collectively assess professional behaviors.

If you were unable to participate in the ICOEE Call for Comment and would like information about other opportunities to provide input, please contact Yvette Murphy at ymurphy@acei.org.

The ICOEE will be designed as a universal instrument that reflects internationally accepted humanitarian values, United Nations treaties, and other international agreements. It may be adapted and applied by educators around the world as a tool for critical reflection and professional aspirations. As it is meant to be a living document, the code will be reviewed and adapted to respond to changing global circumstances.

 
 
 
While many codes of ethics in education are in existence, they are often nation-specific or specific to a certain area of education such as early childhood, or special education. The ICOEE will be the first code of ethics for educators that is universal in nature and reflects humanitarian values. ACEI is pleased to be stepping forward to develop such a code, which we hope will be used broadly and help to advance access, quality, and equity in education worldwide.
— ACEI Executive Director Diane Whitehead