International Code of Ethics for Educators

The Association for Childhood Education International has developed an International Code of Ethics for Educators (ICoEE). As an organization dedicated to ensuring the optimal education of children worldwide, ACEI is committed to providing tools and resources for educators. We believe that the ICoEE will work to empower educators as they navigate global and local contexts and respond to the complexities of educating children in this rapidly changing world. ACEI is the first organization to develop an international code of ethics for educators and we hope that after you review the Code, you will provide comments so that the Code will reflect the many voices and experiences of educators. (Please see the comments form at right.)

Although ACEI is interested in quality education of all types—both formal and informal—the ICoEE has primarily been designed to support educators working as part of a professional community, such as classroom teachers, administrators, school leaders, and community practitioners. It may be used by individual educators to help shape and improve their practice or by groups of educators to collectively assess professional values, beliefs, and behaviors.

The ICoEE has been designed as a global code that reflects internationally accepted values and principles of human rights, including philosophies about education, human development, and learning that are embedded within United Nations declarations and international agreements. It may be used and applied by educators around the world as a tool for critical reflection and elevating 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,” said Diane Whitehead, ACEI’s Executive Director. “The ICoEE will be the first code of ethics for educators that is global in nature and reflects universally accepted values and human rights. ACEI is extremely proud and excited to have taken the lead in developing this code, which we hope will be used broadly to advance access, quality, and equity in education worldwide.
— ACEI Executive Director Diane Whitehead

Share Your Comments

This comment form will be open for 6 months, through March, 2019. Please provide feedback to ACEI on any part of the ICoEE that you feel needs adjustments or improvements. When you send your comments, please note the Principle # and the Element # to which you are referring. Your feedback is sincerely appreciated.