Maintaining Appropriate Teacher–Student Boundaries

Maintaining Appropriate Teacher–Student Boundaries

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course emphasizes the significance of upholding professional boundaries with your students. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources.

You will learn about four different types of boundaries and plan for specific ways that you can always maintain professional boundaries in the classroom.

3 Months Access / 15 Course Hrs
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This course will teach you how to maintain appropriate and healthy boundaries between yourself and your students. You will learn about four different kinds of boundaries: emotional and relationship, power, physical, and communication boundaries, and you will learn insights into how to maintain the boundaries you already have in place as well as analyze areas you could improve upon. The course will allow you to plan specific methods to foster professional and healthy relationships between yourself and your students.

The course teaches you how to design a plan of action for your classroom and offers you resources and templates ready to support you in implementation.


  1. Defining Ethics and Boundaries
    1. The definitions of ethics and boundaries
    2. About real-life cases of boundaries that were inappropriately crossed
    3. The four types of boundaries covered in this course: emotional/relational, power, communication, and physical boundaries
  2. Emotional and Relationship Boundaries
    1. About emotional/ relationship boundaries
    2. Some examples of healthy and unhealthy emotional and relationship boundaries
    3. Some opportunities to analyze boundary examples
  3. Power Boundaries
    1. About the 5 types of power that teachers have
    2. Examples of healthy and unhealthy power boundaries
    3. Some boundary examples to analyze
  4. Communication Boundaries
    1. About verbal and written communication
    2. Examples of healthy and unhealthy communication boundaries
    3. Some boundary examples to analyze
  5. Physical Boundaries
    1. About the four areas of physical boundaries
    2. Examples of healthy and unhealthy physical boundaries
    3. Some boundary examples to analyze
  6. Review and Reflection of Student Boundaries
    1. Participate in a review the four types of boundaries
    2. Analyze examples of each boundary type
    3. Reflect on your own practices in relation to each boundary
  7. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build a plan to improve or maintain positive and healthy boundaries in your classroom.
  8. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that support blended learning, and read the research behind setting appropriate boundaries.



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14779