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Professional Ethics and the Georgia Public School Administrator



The Code of Ethics for Educators in Georgia, effective from June 15, 2015, sets forth the professional behavior and ethical conduct expected of educators. Developed by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, it serves both as a guide to ethical behavior and as a foundation for enforcing disciplinary actions.


The code aims to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of students and educators, guarantee a degree of accountability within the profession, and guide educators in maintaining the integrity of the education profession.

Key Principles

  • Professional Conduct: Educators are expected to follow legal and moral ethical guidelines, maintaining a professional relationship with students, colleagues, and the community.
  • Trustworthiness: Educators should demonstrate honesty, integrity, and reliability in all professional dealings.
  • Responsibility: A commitment to the profession, including adhering to educational laws, respecting confidentiality, and demonstrating due diligence in all duties.
  • Fairness: Ensuring equal treatment and opportunities for all students, without discrimination.
  • Respect: Valuing the dignity and worth of each individual within the educational community.

Unethical Conduct

Examples of unethical conduct include but are not limited to:

  • Conflicts of Interest: Engaging in activities that conflict with the educator’s professional responsibilities.
  • Misrepresentation or Falsification: Providing false information or misrepresenting professional qualifications.
  • Improper Treatment of Students: Any form of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • Violation of Professional Boundaries: Inappropriate relationships with students or colleagues.

Disciplinary Actions

Violations of the code may result in disciplinary actions ranging from reprimand to revocation of licensure. These actions are determined by the severity and nature of the ethical violation.


The Code of Ethics for Educators in Georgia underscores the importance of ethical conduct and professionalism in the education sector. It is designed to protect students, uphold the integrity of the profession, and ensure that educators in Georgia adhere to the highest standards of ethical behavior.