Ethics in Career Development

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The course provides an overview of ethical decision making for career professionals. We define ethics in the career context, explore why ethics are important, and consider ethical career decision making in the bigger world in which we practice as professionals.

To assist you, an ethical decision-making framework will be introduced and you will have an opportunity to examine three cases and choose a course of action for each.

The course is divided into three topics, with lessons in each topic. These three topics are:

  • Ethical Decision Making Defined (4 lessons)
  • Yours, Mine and Ours: Negotiating Challenges in Working with Others Who Operate Under Different Ethical Codes – (1 lesson)
  • Ethics at Work: Making the Best Decision at Work When the Boss Feels Differently (1 lesson)

Your Instructor: Dr. Keley Smith Keller

Keley Smith-Keller, Ed.D., LPC, CCC is an adjunct professor at both Mount Marty University and the University of South Dakota, where she teaches research methods and career advising. She also works as a licensed professional counselor, a career counselor and a career coach. She is a former director of college/university career centers in three states. Dr. Smith-Keller received her doctorate degree in Adult & Higher Education and her master’s degree in counseling, both from the University of South Dakota.

Dr. Smith-Keller is the former co-chair of the Ethics Committee of the National Career Development Association (NCDA), as well as the former editor of the Ethics Committee’s regular column, Ethics in a Nutshell, published in NCDA’s professional magazine, Career Developments. Dr. Smith-Keller is active in South Dakota’s state organization for career professionals in higher education, where she chairs the organization’s annual Teacher Career Fair.

Dr. Smith-Keller’s research interests have focused on career maturity and effective academic/career advising in higher education.

Learning Objectives

Explain, describe, and/or identify the differences between values, morals, and ethics

Explain, describe, and/or discuss the relationship between key career professional values, ethical principles, and ethical decision making

Identify, define, and apply five ethical principles that provide the foundation for professional behavior

Apply the NCDA (National Career Development Association) Code of Ethics (or that of your professional association) to ethical decision making