Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators in BC
Established by the British Columbia Teachers Council (bcteacherregulation.ca/AboutUs/Council.aspx) for individuals who hold a
certificate of qualification.
value and care for all students and act in their best interests.
Educators are responsible for fostering the emotional, esthetic, intellectual,
physical, social and vocational development of students. They are responsible
for the emotional and physical safety of students. Educators treat students
with respect and dignity. Educators respect the diversity in their classrooms,
schools and communities. Educators have a privileged position of power and
trust. They respect confidentiality unless disclosure is required by law.
Educators do not abuse or exploit students or minors for personal, sexual,
ideological, material or other advantage.
are role models who act ethically and honestly.
Educators act with integrity, maintaining the dignity and credibility of the
profession. They understand that their individual conduct contributes to the
perception of the profession as a whole. Educators are accountable for their
conduct while on duty, as well as off duty, where that conduct has an effect on
the education system. Educators have an understanding of the education system
in BC and the law as it relates to their duties.
understand and apply knowledge of student growth and development.
Educators are knowledgeable about how children develop as learners and as
social beings, and demonstrate an understanding of individual learning
differences and special needs. This knowledge is used to assist educators in
making decisions about curriculum, instruction, assessment and classroom
value the involvement and support of parents, guardians, families and
communities in schools.
Educators understand, respect and support the role of parents and the community
in the education of students. Educators communicate effectively and in a timely
manner with parents and consider their advice on matters pertaining to their
implement effective practices in areas of planning, instruction, assessment,
evaluation and reporting.
Educators have the knowledge and skills to facilitate learning for all students
and know when to seek additional support for their practice. Educators
thoughtfully consider all aspects of teaching, from planning through reporting,
and understand the relationships among them. Educators employ a variety of
instructional and assessment strategies.
have a broad knowledge base and understand the subject areas they teach.
Educators understand the curricular, conceptual and methodological foundations
of education and of the subject areas they teach. Educators must be able to
communicate effectively in English or French. Educators teach students to
understand relevant curricula in a Canadian, Aboriginal, and global context.
Educators convey the values, beliefs and knowledge of our democratic society.
engage in career-long learning.
Educators engage in professional development and reflective practice,
understanding that a hallmark of professionalism is the concept of professional
growth over time. Educators develop and refine personal philosophies of
education, teaching and learning that are informed by theory and practice.
Educators identify their professional needs and work to meet those needs
individually and collaboratively.
contribute to the profession.
Educators support, mentor or encourage other educators and those preparing to
enter the profession. Educators contribute their expertise to activities
offered by their schools, districts, professional organizations, post-secondary
institutions or contribute in other ways.