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The National Council for the Advancement of Educator Ethics (NCAEE) was established by the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) in June 2015. The NCAEE was initiated as a result of NASDTEC’s development of the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE), which was a response to a movement growing within the greater P-12 and educator preparation educational communities to ensure educators and prospective educators understand how professional decision-making can impact the safety and well-being of children, as well as the culture and mission of the school. This increased focus on examining, understanding, and informing best practice in educator decision-making has long been a critical part of the NASDTEC mission.


The purpose of the MCEE is to serve as a shared ethical guide for future and current educators faced with the complexities of P-12 education.  The code establishes principles for ethical best practice, mindfulness, self-reflection and decision-making, setting the groundwork for self-regulation and self-accountability.  The establishment of this professional code of ethics by educators for educators honors the public trust and upholds the dignity of the profession. In short, the code provides the foundation and encourages dialogue of what it means to be a professional in the profession of education.


The NCAEE will contribute to the current ethical movement by not only championing and keeping current the MCEE, but also working with its members, national partners, jurisdictions, Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs), P-12 school districts and schools, and other organizations to advance ethical understanding and practice across the profession of education. With the vision of an ethical professional in every classroom, the NCAEE will help ensure an ethical professional in every classroom. Ultimately, children will be safer in today’s schools.


NCAEE Vision

Every student is being taught, supported and led by educators who are ethical professionals.

NCAEE Mission

Promote and foster an intentional, thoughtful, and preventive focus on ethics and ethical instruction across the profession of education at national, state, and local levels that supports greater ethical understanding to guide behaviors and decision making.



Mission Priorities of NCAEE


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NCAEE Communication Partners and Funding  


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