8085 MD3 Assignment 2

Consider your beliefs and values as they relate to the field of early childhood education. What are the core beliefs that drive you forward in your pursuit of excellence? How do these shape your convictions? In what ways do these influence your beliefs as a leader and as an advocate for children, families, and the broader field?

8085 Module 3 Assignment 2:

Personal Ethics

An important part of effective, visionary leadership is ensuring that your ethics provide a continuous, steadfast compass that serves as a guide through challenging situations. Your educational journey includes developing, or refining, your personal statement of ethics, exploring its origins, and reflecting on how to ensure your ethics can serve as a compass as you lead and nurture others in the field.

For this Assignment, you will be developing a personal statement that reflects your ethics as they relate to the early childhood field.

To prepare:

Consider your beliefs and values as they relate to the field of early childhood education. What are the core beliefs that drive you forward in your pursuit of excellence?  How do these shape your convictions?  In what ways do these influence your beliefs as a leader and as an advocate for children, families, and the broader field?

To complete the Assignment:

Write a 4 page paper that outlines the following:

· How you are an ethical person, and how your ethics informs your leadership in the early childhood field

· How your ethics have guided you in the past in the field, or how you will use your ethics to support your ongoing processing, interactions, and responses with others in the future

· In what ways your ethical values and behaviors have contributed or will contribute to ethical behaviors and climates within early childhood settings

· How your personal ethics align with the ethics of the field of early childhood education.

Be sure to support your work with specific references to the Learning Resources.


Learning Resources

Required Resources


Aubrey, C., Godfrey, R., & Harris, A. (2013). How do they manage? An investigation of early childhood leadership. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 41(1), 5–29. doi:10.1177/1741143212462702



Beeri, I., Dayan, R., Vigoda-Gadot, E., & Werner, S. (2013). Advancing ethics in public organizations: The impact of an ethics program on employees’ perceptions and behaviors in a regional council. Journal of Business Ethics, 112(1), 59-78. doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1232-7



Brown, M. E., & Treviño, L. K. (2014). Do role models matter? An investigation of role modeling as an antecedent of perceived ethical leadership. Journal of Business Ethics, 122(4), 587–598. doi:10.1007/s10551-013-1769-0



Burnes, B., & By, R. (2012). Leadership and change: The case for greater ethical clarity. Journal of Business Ethics, 108(2), 239-252. doi:10.1007/s10551-011-1088-2



College of Early Childhood Educators. (2014). Case study 1: Sarah’s confusing behavior. Retrieved from https://www.college-ece.ca/en/Documents/Case%20Study%201.pdf



Cranston, J. A., & Kusanovich, K. A. (2013). The drama in school leadership: An arts-based approach to understanding the ethical dimensions of decision making for educational leaders. Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 8(1), 28-55. doi:10.1177/1942775112464958



Flite, C. A., & Harman, L. B. (2013). Code of ethics: Principles for ethical leadership.  Perspectives in Health Information Management, 10(1), 1–11. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3544144/



Kacmar, K. K., Andrews, M., Harris, K., & Tepper, B. (2013). Ethical leadership and subordinate outcomes: The mediating role of organizational politics and the moderating role of political skill. Journal of Business Ethics, 115(1), 33–44. doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1373-8



Marsh, C. (2013). Business executives’ perceptions of ethical leadership and its development. Journal of Business Ethics, 114(3), 565–582. doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1366-7



National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2005). Code of ethical conduct and statement of commitment. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/files/naeyc/file/positions/PSETH05.pdf


Nipissing University Centre for the Study of Leadership & Ethics. (n.d.).  Journal of authentic leadership in education. https://csle.nipissingu.ca/jale-journal/current-issue/



Parboteeah, K., Chen, H., Lin, Y., Chen, I., Lee, A., & Chung, A. (2010). Establishing organizational ethical climates: How do managerial practices work? Journal of Business Ethics, 97(4), 599-611. doi:10.1007/s10551-010-0527-9



Rosenthal, J. H. (2009). Leadership as practical ethics. Retrieved from http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/education/001/ethics/0003.html



Thiel, C., Bagdasarov, Z., Harkrider, L., Johnson, J., & Mumford, M. (2012). Leader ethical decision-making in organizations: Strategies for sense-making. Journal of Business Ethics, 107(1), 49-64. doi:10.1007/s10551-012-1299-1



Thomas, L. (2012). New possibilities in thinking, speaking and doing: Early childhood teachers’ professional identity constructions and ethics. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(3), 87–95.



U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Office of Head Start. (2020).  Head start. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/early-learning/head-start


Vogel, L. R. (2012, March). Leading with hearts and minds: Ethical orientations of educational leadership doctoral students. Values and Ethics in Educational Administration. 10(1), 1–12.


Document: Ethics Interview Guide (Word document)


Document: Advocacy Plan Guide (Word document)


Required Media


Walden University, LLC. (Producer). (2013a). Ethical leadership [Audio file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

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