Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville
Teachers' Responsibilities, Duties, Code of Ethics
- The teacher's primary duty is to the student. Fulfillment of this duty includes:
- Teaching and acting in accordance with Catholic doctrine and moral teachings.
- Knowing, teaching and acting consistently in accordance with the philosophy, objectives and policies of the school as well as Diocesan policies and regulations.
- Respecting confidential information concerning students and their homes.
- Developing the students' knowledge and understanding of the subject/s for which the teacher is responsible.
- Conferring with parents on the child's progress in a spirit of charity with professional accuracy and honesty.
- Developing educational programs and activities to aid in the development of family life as well as the home/school relationship.
- Respecting any confidential information given by parents.
- Respecting the fundamental rights of parents to know, to understand and to share in decisions that affect the education of their children.
- Developing student potential for constructive Christian leadership.
- Maintaining professional standards by:
- participating in the annual Diocesan Teachers' Institute and the Educational Liturgical Convention;
- participating in faculty meetings;
- cooperating in school related activities, meetings and projects;
- maintaining accurate records and well-prepared lesson plans;
- upholding the authority of the school when communicating with parents, students and civic community;
- preserving the reputations of colleagues, administrators, students and parents;
- engaging in programs of continuous professional improvement;
- serving the school as assigned by the principal and performing teaching duties in a professional Christian manner.
- Maintaining the Catholic standards of the school by:
- participating in the Catechist Certification program for one's continued growth in faith;
- dealing with students and adults in love and justice as exemplified in the teachings of Jesus Christ;
- being knowledgeable of current documents of the Church;
- cooperating in building the Christian educational community;
- participating in Eucharistic liturgies and other forms of prayer and worship experienced in the school community.
- The Board of Education approves and adopts as a policy the following statement on the requirements, competencies, and qualities of the teacher of religion.
- The teacher of religion should be a person who believes, professes and practices the Roman Catholic Faith.
The teacher of religion, therefore, will be a person who is aware of and assents to the authentic teaching of the Church. He/she will profess this faith both in the classroom and in the witness of life. The teacher practices the Faith by worshipping as a member of God's community on Sunday and by living out daily the laws of God and His Church.
- Professionally, the teacher of religion should exhibit two kinds of skills: an understanding of both doctrinal content and the principles of education, and an ability to carry out this understanding.
An understanding of doctrinal content requires both a knowledge of the teachings of the Church and how these teachings are found in the particular text being used. An understanding of the principles of education would imply a basic understanding of human growth and development, educational method and how these apply to religious education.
Ability to carry out this understanding would imply varying competencies: to be able to design and communicate a program, to carry out the learning experiences and to be able to evaluate this learning process.
- Realizing that no one person can exhibit equally all of these qualities, the following are listed to help in the hiring and evaluating of the teacher of religion:
- An ability to relate to students in an adult and Christian manner.
- An ability to guide students to a growing understanding of the Gospel message and Catholic Christian tradition.
- An ability to contribute to building the community of faith.
- An ability to guide students in respect, love and reconciliation in community (family, friends and authority).
- An ability to give vision of the message and community as it applies to the progress of the world community.
- An ability to develop through the appreciation of human experiences the student's wonder of creation, his joy in life and his spirit of celebration.
- An ability to guide students to discern the faith dimension in the experiences of everyday living.
- An ability to provide opportunities for the student to participate in liturgical celebrations and other prayer.
- An ability to guide students in freely developing a personal value system based on the Gospel and the Catholic Christian tradition.
- An ability to guide students in understanding and respecting the beliefs and values of others which are different from their own.
- An ability to guide students in developing goals and making choices in the light of the Gospel, tradition and personal faith experiences.
- An ability to develop a sense of responsibility to alleviate and eradicate the evils of society through the practice of social justice and charity.
We realize that requirements do not always apply to all circumstances and that exceptions to the above can arise. Exceptions should not be made lightly and should never be made to the detriment of preserving a high standard of religious education in our Diocese.
Approved: May 16, 1984
Revised: February 1, 2007
Office of Education Diocese of Belleville