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Academic and Professional Ethics Across Disciplines

A growing collection of codes of conduct, statements of professional ethics, and research ethics resources relevant to disciplines taught at Rhode Island College.

NEA Code of Ethics

The National Education Association (NEA) is an organization made up of educational professionals at all levels. They strive to "advocate for education professionals and to unite our members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world".

Special Education


The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) develops and maintains an array of standards for special educators. Professional special educators are guided by the CEC professional ethical principles and practice standards.




The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is an organization comprised of faculty and academic professionals that seeks to enhance the field of higher education.

College Art Association


The College Art Association promotes arts and arts education internationally. They provide many resources for artists and art educators; below, you'll find a link to their ethics guidelines and standards.


AASA Code of Ethics

AASA (formerly the American Association of School Administrators, now the School Superintendents Association) advocates for public school leadership in the United States, as well as striving to "develop and support school system leaders".

Educational Research

 American Educational Research Association (AERA) is an organization that strives to improve research into educational practice and promote research-based approaches to education.



State Ethics Codes and Guidelines


The Rhode Island Code of Professional Responsibility is a set of commitments which the Rhode Island educational community expects all members to honor and practice. The Code embraces the fundamental belief that the student is the foremost reason for the existence of the profession.

Many individual states, through their Departments of Education or their state-level teacher credentialing agency, publish codes or guidelines on professional practice.

Health Education

The Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) is a nonprofit that works to represent health educators and their students, in the US and abroad.

National Commission for Health Education Credentialing

NCHEC's vision is to promote, improve, and protect the health of people through upholding the highest quality standards in health education certifications. To meet this mission, NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice.