Education (EDUC) 404

Law and Ethics in Education (Revision 1)

EDUC 404 course website

Delivery Mode: Individualized study or grouped study

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None, EDUC 302 is strongly recommended.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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EDUC 404 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This course is designed to provide you with a broad understanding of the major legal and ethical principles and issues that relate to teaching in Canadian schools, and to have you gain a familiarity with the important ethical and legal dimensions that are likely to affect an educator's professional life.


EDUC 404 is divided into eight units listed below.

  • Unit 1: Teachers, Professional Ethics, and Ethical Decision Making
  • Unit 2: Legal Structures and the Legal Context of Canadian Education.
  • Unit 3: Teaching as a Profession and a Teachers' Private Life
  • Unit 4: Teachers and the Duty of Care
  • Unit 5: Legal Rights of Students and Student Rights in Relation to Teachers
  • Unit 6: Discipline and Punishment
  • Unit 7: Controversy in the Classroom
  • Unit 8: Diversity, Equity, and Fairness


To receive credit for EDUC 404, you must achieve a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on each assignment, and a minimum grade of D (50 percent) on the final examination. The weighting of the course assignments is as follows:

Assign. 1 Assign. 2 Assign. 3 Assign. 4 Final Exam Total
10% 15% 15% 20% 40% 100%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators that can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Crook, K. & Truscott, T. (2007). Ethics and law for teachers. Toronto: Thomson Nelson.

Strike, K. A & Soltis, J. F. (2009). The ethics of teaching (5th ed.). New York: Teachers College Columbia University.

Other materials

The course materials include a course manual and assignments, study guide, and a reading file.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for EDUC 404 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least ā€œDā€ (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, January 25, 2007.

Updated May 11 2016 by Student & Academic Services