Term of Award

Spring 2016

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.


Department of Leadership, Technology, and Human Development

Committee Chair

Paul M Brinson

Committee Member 1

C. Amelia Davis

Committee Member 2

Jason LaFrance


Professional standards and practices commissions are committed to improving the quality of education across the United States by providing standards of conduct for educational leaders.

While many educational leaders are successful in their respective fields and at the peak of their careers, there are leaders who violate codes for professional conduct and the laws that should be followed. The temptations and actions leading to ethical violations range from questionable judgments and decision making to driving under the influence to money laundering. This makes the behavior of indicted and convicted ethics violators especially perplexing, raising inquiries about what caused them to lose their way.

By understanding the code of ethics that educational leaders are required follow, methods to resolve ethical conflicts can be developed to improve professional decisions and actions. The purpose of this study is to evaluate ethical violations of K-12 educational leaders in Georgia between 2012-2013 based on records from the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC). The cases will be reviewed and examined for trends and the standards utilized by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission as the code of ethics is applied. Trends discovered will be identified and reported, conclusions will be developed from the rulings of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, and guiding principles will be established for educational leaders.

INDEX WORDS: Educational leader, Ethics, Georgia Professional Standards Commission

Research Data and Supplementary Material


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