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Maintaining Appropriate Teacher-Student Boundaries

Course Number:

MT138

PD Hours:

15 Hours

Credit Type:

Clock Hours, CPEs, CTLEs, Act48 Credits, Others

Content Areas:

Classroom Management / Behavior, Leadership Development, Social / Emotional, Teaching Strategies

Course Description:

(15 Hours) In this course, you will learn the importance of maintaining professional boundaries with your students. The course will discuss emotional / relationship, power, physical and communication boundaries and then provide you with some specific insights into how to plan for maintaining appropriate boundaries within your classroom. Knowledge of these boundaries is critical for all teachers in order to maintain professional, healthy student-teacher relationships.

Course Objectives:

  • The four types of professional boundaries: emotional / relationship, power, communication, and physical and how to ensure you maintain these boundaries in order to protect yourself and your students

  • How to build strong relationships with your students but not cross the line into inappropriate emotional connections

  • How to examine your current practices and reflect on any needed changes you should make

Resources Included

Course includes 22 high-quality tools, templates, & student resources.

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Course Sections What You Will Learn

In this course, participants will learn the importance of maintaining professional boundaries with their students. Specific guidelines and recommendations will be made by grade level ranges, including early elementary, late elementary/middle school, and high school. The course will discuss emotional / relationship, power, physical and communication boundaries. Knowledge of these boundaries is critical for all teachers in order to maintain professional, healthy student-teacher relationships.

You Will Learn:

  • The four types of professional boundaries: emotional / relationship, power, communication, and physical
  • How to build strong relationships with your students but not cross the line into inappropriate emotional connections
  • How the teacher-student dynamic has an element of power to it, and ways to ensure you do not abuse that power
  • How to ensure that your communication with students and families remains professional, including written, verbal, and through social media
  • How to maintain appropriate physical boundaries with your students
  • How to examine your current practices and reflect on any needed changes you should make

Course Guiding Questions Course Guiding Question:

How can I maintain professional boundaries with my students while still building strong connections and positive relationships?


Credits Professional Development Credits

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 15 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs).

Model Teaching Professional Development Courses are pre-approved in many states and we provide easy approval forms to submit to your license granting authority if required.

If you are a teacher seeking license renewal and wish to verify acceptance of our Professional Development Courses, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

Also, consider taking our UNIVERSITY-PARTNERED, ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES to earn regionally accredited units or credits, accepted by most states for teacher re-licensing and salary advancement.

Approval Information About This Course for Teaching License Renewal & Continuing Education

Model Teaching has helped thousands of teachers across the country meet their relicensing requirements.

This course is Pre-Approved in the following states for License Renewal and Continuing education:

  • Texas – CPE’s, TEA-Approved
  • New York CTLE’s – NYSED-Approved
  • Pennsylvania DOE – ACT 48-Approved
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) – Approved
  • Nevada DOE
  • Tennessee
  • Other States As Well

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Course Sections Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – Defining Ethics and Boundaries

  • The definitions of ethics and boundaries and how they are related
  • About real-life cases of boundaries that were inappropriately crossed
  • The four types of boundaries to be covered in this course: emotional/relational, power, communication, and physical boundaries

Section 2 – Emotional and Relationship Boundaries

  • About emotional and relationship boundaries
  • Examples of healthy and unhealthy emotional and relationship boundaries
  • Some boundary examples to analyze

Section 3 – Power Boundaries

  • About the 5 types of power that teachers have
  • Examples of healthy and unhealthy boundaries
  • Some boundary examples to analyze

Section 4 – Communication Boundaries

  • About verbal and written communication
  • Examples of healthy and unhealthy communication boundaries
  • Some boundary examples to analyze

Section 5 – Physical Boundaries

  • About the four areas of physical boundaries
  • Examples of healthy and unhealthy physical boundaries
  • Some boundary examples to analyze

Section 6 – Review and Reflection of Student Boundaries

  • Review the four types of boundaries
  • Analyze examples of each boundary type
  • Reflect on your own practices in relation to each boundary

Resources Included Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course

The course comes with 22 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!

These Include:

  • Professional Boundaries Infographic
  • Personal Reflection on Teacher-Student Boundaries
  • Personal Reflection on Teacher-Student Boundaries-SAMPLE
  • Teacher-Student Relationship Infographic
  • Teacher-Student Relationship Checklist
  • Teacher-Student Relationship Checklist-SAMPLE
  • Teacher Power Infographic
  • Teacher Power Checklist
  • Teacher Power Checklist -SAMPLE
  • Teacher Communication Infographic
  • Teacher Communication Checklist
  • Teacher Communication Checklist-SAMPLE
  • Teacher Physical Boundaries Infographic
  • Teacher Physical Boundaries Checklist
  • Teacher Physical Boundaries Checklist-SAMPLE
  • Professional Boundaries Reflection
  • Professional Boundaries Reflection-SAMPLE
  • Professional Boundaries Plan
  • Professional Boundaries Plan-SAMPLE
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist
  • Implementation Observation Checklist-SAMPLE

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